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Margaret Goff Clark Papers

Identifier: DG0190

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, galleys and proofs for 23 titles and 7 short stories. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The correspondence is separated by title, with the exception of personal correspondence and fan mail. The collection is divided into four major categories, correspondence, biographical materials, books, and short stories.

The Correspondence Series includes letters from magazine publishers, agents, and editors. There is also correspondence with schools and libraries, as well as the de Grummond Collection and other authors. There are also 82 items of fan mail spanning almost 30 years. The biographical materials include typescripts of poems entitled "Myself," talks to librarians, biographical information for Gale Research, and press releases. There are also photographs, newspaper articles, and sound recordings.

The books in the collection are subdivided into four major categories, mysteries, informational nature books, biographies, and general fiction. Most of the collection is comprised of twelve mystery stories. There are typescripts, galleys and proofs for all of these titles. Death at Their Heels (1975) is about Denny and his older stepbrother, who take a camping trip to Algonquin Park in Canada, unaware they are fleeing from a murderer. In Mystery of the Missing Stamps (1967), Mark's friend is accused of stealing valuable stamps and he determined to prove his innocence. Rising flood waters and the disappearance of a valuable wampum belt start Susan's summer of volunteer work at the Fort Pitt Museum in the Mystery of the Flooded Museum (1967).

Ms. Clark's later books are about endangered species in Florida, where she and her husband spent their winters. There are typescripts and extensive research materials for all of these titles. The Threatened Florida Black Bear (1995), one of the three books in the collection published by Cobblehill Books, is part of this series. There are also books in the collection on the Florida panther and the manatee.

There are also biographies in the collection, including John Muir, Friend of Nature (1974), a biography of the naturalist who wrote many stories about his travels and experiences with nature. There is correspondence, research materials, and typescripts for this title. There are also typescripts for Their Eyes on the Stars: Four Black Writers (1973). This biography details the lives of four black writers, Jupiter Hammon, George Moses Horton, William Wells Brown, and Charles Chesnutt.

The last category includes general fiction stories such as Who Stole Kathy Young? (1980), the story of a kidnapping. There are typescripts, blues and proofs for this title. There are also three books in the collection about Barney, a foster child, who meets a space boy and has adventures in space. There are typescripts, galleys and proofs for Barney and the UFO (1979), Barney in Space (1981), and Barney on Mars (1981). The collection also contains typescripts for seven short stories for magazine publication circa 1962, including "Brothers," "The Chief," "Donna Teaches," "Family Girl," and "Joe and I." There are also publisher's promotional materials, lesson plans, educational materials, and conference materials in the collection.


  • 1945-1995

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

Margaret Goff Clark was born on March 7, 1913 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the age of five, she and her family moved to Olean, New York. She attended Columbia University and the State University of New York in Buffalo earning a bachelor's degree in education. She began writing when her children were young and published her first book, The Mystery of Seneca Hill in 1961. As a result, Ms. Clark was adopted into the Seneca Indian tribe in 1962. Many of her books are based on her experiences traveling to parks and nature areas. Death at Their Heels (1975) was written after visiting her cottage in Canada's Algonquin Park one summer. In her later years, Ms. Clark wrote books about endangered species in Florida, including the manatee and the Florida black bear. In addition to writing books, Ms. Clark has also contributed over 200 short stories to magazines such as American Girl, The Instructor, Teen Talk and other American and Canadian magazines.

Margaret Goff Clark passed away in 2004 at the age of 91.


Something About the Author, vol. 3, pp. 26-28.


9.62 Cubic Feet (32 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material was donated by Margaret Goff Clark and her husband, Charles Clark from 1966 to 1997.

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Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001