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Robert Burch papers

Robert Burch papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Burch papers
Creator: Burch, Robert Joseph, 1925-2007
Inclusive Dates: 1959-1978
Language(s): English
Extent: 8.4 Linear Feet (18 document boxes, 1 oversized box)
Collection Number: ms1392
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Robert Burch (1925-2007) was a notable children's author. He was born and spent the majority of his life in Fayette County, Georgia.

After graduating high school, Burch joined the Army and participated in the Pacific campaign during WWII. When he returned, he went to the University of Georgia and graduated in 1949. He traveled during the 1950s to Japan, as well as parts of Asia, Africa, and Europe. In the late 1950s, Burch moved to New York City and began writing. In 1963, he moved back to Georgia and began writing children's books.

He went on to publish 19 books, including "Queenie Peavy" "King Kong and other Poets" and "Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain." Many of his stories are based on his experiences in rural Georgia during the Great Depression.

He was the recipient of four Georgia Children's Book Awards and the W. Porter Kellam Lifetime Achievement Award.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the papers of Robert Burch from 1959-1978. The papers contain mainly typescript manuscripts, corrected typescripts, galleys, and reviews of his works. Also includes photographs, awards, printed material in which his works are mentioned, and some book illustrations.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by into five series by record type: Series 1. Manuscripts; Series 2. Biographical and Personal Files; Series 3. Awards; Series 4. Printed and Published Material; Series 5. Oversized Material. Note that for this collection folder numbers are consecutive across the entire collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Burch papers. MS 1392. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 November 13.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Authors, American -- Georgia.
Children's literature.
Manuscripts (documents)

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing



11Alan and Amanda-typescript
12DJ's Worst Enemy-corrected typescript
13DJ's Worst Enemy-working copy
14DJ's Worst Enemy-reviews
15DJ's Worst Enemy-Danish edition
16Doodle and the Go-Cart-corrected typescript
17Doodle and the Go-Cart-original typescript
18Doodle and the Go-Cart-proofs
19Doodle and the Go-Cart-reviews
210A Funny Place to Live-typescript
210AA Funny Place to Live-reviews
211A Funny Place to Live-Viking edition
212The Hunting Trip-typescript
213The Hunting Trip-second version
214The Hunting Trip-later version
215The Hunting Trip-dummy book
216The Hunting Trip-galleys
217The Hunting Trip-reviews
217AHut School-early chapters and synopsis
218Hut School-corrected typescript
219Hut School-carbon copy
220Hut School-final typescript
221Hut School-galleys
222Hut School-reviews
323Joey's Cat-typescript
324Joey's Cat-dummy with illustrations
325Joey's Cat-dummy without illustrations
326Joey's Cat-galleys
327Joey's Cat-reviews
328Joey's Cat-Viking edition
329The Jolly Witch-typescript as edited for Weekly Reader
330The Jolly Witch-typescript
331The Jolly Witch-galleys
332The Jolly Witch-reviews
333Queenie Peavy-"A Stone's Throw" typescript
334Queenie Peavy-original typescript
335Queenie Peavy-revised typescript
336Queenie Peavy-reviews
437Queenie Peavy-Danish edition
438Queenie Peavy-German edition
439Queenie Peavy-excerpt in First Splendor
440Queenie Peavy-excerpts in First Splendor (Second edition)
441Queenie Peavy-excerpts in Measure Me, Sky
442Queenie Peavy-excerpts in The New Open Highways
543Queenie Peavy-excerpt in Open Highways
544Queenie Peavy-excerpts in Stories to Teach and Delight
545Queenie Peavy-excerpts in Tightrope
546Queenie Peavy-excerpt in the World of Language Book 4
547Queenie Peavy-excerpt in the World of Language Book H
648Renfroe's Christmas-typescript
649Renfroe's Christmas-galleys
650Renfroe's Christmas-uncorrected page proofs
651Renfroe's Christmas-reviews
652Renfroe's-Viking edition
653Simon and the Game of Chance-original typescript
654Simon and the Game of Chance-typescript
655Simon and the Game of Chance-galleys
656Simon and the Game of Chance-reviews
657Simon and the Game of Chance-Viking edition
659Skinny-corrected typescript
760Skinny-British edition
761Skinny-German edition
762Skinny-excerpts in Arbuthnst Anthology
763Skinny-excerpts in Time for Stories
864The Travelling Bird-typescript
865The Travelling Bird-reviews
866Two That Were Tough-typescript November 1974
867Two That Were Tough-typescript
868Two That Were Tough-corrected typescript
869Two That Were Tough-final typescript
870Two That Were Tough-galleys
871Two That Were Tough-reviews
872Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-corrected typescript
873Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-galleys
874Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-reviews
875Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-publisher's dummy
876Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-excerpts in Brown is the back of a toad
977Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-excerpts in Much Majesty
978Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-excerpts in Much Majesty (Second edition)
979The Whiteman Kick-typescript
980The Whiteman Kick-galleys
981The Whiteman Kick-reviews
982Wilkin's Ghost-corrected typescript 5 August 1977
983Wilkin's Ghost-copy edited typescript
984Wilkin's Ghost-reviews
1085Magic Book-D.J.'S Worst Enemy
1086Magic Book-Doodle and the Go-Cart
1087Magic Book-Queenie Peavy
1088Magic Book-Renfroe's Christmas
1089Magic Bock-Simon and the Game of Chance
1090Magic Book-Skinny
1091Magic Book-Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee
1092Magic Book-Promotionals
1093Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee
1094Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-promotionals
1095Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-articles
1096Bandy and his Brother at the Beach-manuscript
1097Critical Articles on Childrens Literature
1099Miscellaneous Publications

Biographical and Personal Files

11103Conferences and Meetings
11104Conferences and Meetings
11105Hornbook articles
11106Children and Literature: Views and Reviews
11108Photograph: Bread Loaf Writers/Conference with Robert Frost
11109Filmstrip transparancies


12111Dixie Council of Authors, 1974
12112Dixie Council of Authors, 1976
12113Fayette County News Citizen of the Year
13114Georgia Children's Book Award, 1969
13115Georgia Children's Book Award, 1971
14116Georgia Children's Book Award, 1974
14117Hood Avenue School, 1973
14118Viking Press T-shirt
15119Miscellaneous Printed: Viking Junior Books

Published and Printed Material

16120Children's Books, New York Public Library exhibit
16121Children's Digest
16122GAESP Quarterly
16124Junior Literary Guild
16125McDowell, Obolensky, Inc., 1959
16126School Library Journal
16127Top of the News
16128More Books by More People
16129Something About the Author. Vol. I
181Childrens Literature Anthology: Many Voices, edited by Margaret Early et al, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, includes Burch story "Last Day of School" , 1979
182Childrens Literature Anthology: Timeless Voyages, edited by Margaret Early et al, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, includes Burch story Queenie, 1979
183Childrens Literature Anthology: The New York Kid's Book: 170 Children's Writers and Artists Celebrate New York City, edited by Catharine Edmonds et al (includes Burch story "No Pets"), 1979
184Magazine: Woman's Day issue, including Burch story adaptation Renfroe and the Angel , December 18, 1979

Oversized Material

17130Oversize: Illustrations by Fermin Rocker for Simon and the Game of Chance
17131Oversize: Sketches by Fermin Rocker for Simon and the Game of Chance
17132Oversize: Queenie Peavy record album
17133Oversize: Award-Child Study Association of America
17134Oversize: Award-Claremont Reading Conference
17135Oversize: Award-Georgia Writers Association