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Larry Dane Brimner Papers

 Collection
Identifier: DG1197

Scope and Contents

The Larry Dane Brimner Papers contain typescripts, photocopies of illustrations, printed material, and correspondence created and accumulated by Larry Dane Brimner between 1986 and 1999. Brimner's papers were created from his composition of 28 published books. The papers consist of a single series for books.

The papers contain material for 28 fiction and non-fiction titles written mostly for early readers. They include correspondence and several typescripts for Brimner's first picture book, Country Bear's Good Neighbor (1988), and its sequel, Country Bear's Surprise (1990). Brimner corresponded primarily with James Heacock, his literary agent, and Sandra Jordan, editor-in-chief of Orchard Books. Similarly, the Brimner Papers contain numerous typescripts for four other picture books: Cat on Wheels (2000), Elliot Fry's Good-Bye (1994), If Dogs Had Wings (1996), and Max and Felix (1993). The papers also contain typescripts, letters received, and printed production material for eight simple books for beginning readers that Brimner contributed to Children's Press' Rookie Reader Series between 1996 and 1999.

Among Brimner's non-fiction works, the papers contain page proofs for all nine volumes of a series on the planets of the solar system published by Children's Press in 1998 and 1999, as well as typescripts for three of the titles. The Brimner Papers also feature page proofs for five books on surfing, winter sports, and The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. The papers in the books series are arranged alphabetically by title and the material for each book is arranged chronologically in order of creation when known.

Dates

  • 1986-1999

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; Available for research

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Biographical / Historical

Larry Dane Brimner was born on November 5, 1949 in St. Petersburg, Florida, to George Frederick and Evelyn (Abernathy) Brimner. He grew up on Kodiak Island, Alaska, and around San Diego, California, where his father was stationed with the Navy. Brimner acquired a strong interest in nature, reading, and creative writing early in life. The relative isolation of Alaska forced him to rely on books and his own imagination for entertainment, thus encouraging his creativity. Brimner took a B.A. degree in British literature from San Diego State College in 1971. He taught in several elementary and high schools in Southern California until 1974 when he took a permanent position as a composition teacher at Central Union High School in El Centro, California.

Brimner published a variety of non-fiction articles for adults while teaching in El Centro. He became interested in writing children's picture books and middle-grade novels while working on an M.A. in writing at San Diego State University. Brimner left Central Union High School in 1984 to write full-time, but soon began teaching education courses at San Diego State University where he would remain until 1992. Although aspiring to write children's fiction, Brimner realized his teaching experience gave him a unique ability to write non-fiction. He published his first book, BMX Freestyle, in 1987 and his first picture book, Country Bear's Good Neighbor, in 1988. In all, Brimner has published more than 75 fiction and non-fiction books for children. He writes and speaks to schoolchildren full time.

Sources:

Something About the Author, ed. Alan Hedblad (Detroit: Gale Group, 2000), 112:26-39.

Eighth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators, ed. Connie C. Rockman (New York: H. W. Wilson, 2000), 41-43.

Larry Dane Brimner's personal website, www.brimner.com, accessed 18 March 2002.

Extent

1.30 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Larry Dane Brimner Papers contain typescripts, photocopies of illustrations, printed material, and correspondence created and accumulated by Larry Dane Brimner between 1986 and 1999. Brimner's papers were created from his composition of 28 published books, including picture books, simple books for early readers, and non-fiction works on the planets and sports.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries by Larry Dane Brimner on June 18, 1999.
Title
Larry Dane Brimner papers
Status
In Progress
Author
Hans Rasmussen
Date
2002-03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Undetermined
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Language of description note
English
Sponsor
This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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