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Marian King papers

Call Number: MS 211

Scope and Contents

The Marian King Papers is an unprocessed collection of autograph letters, correspondence, printed matter, typescripts, manuscripts, research materials, photographs, and other papers pertaining to the author Marian King and to her various children's books. The materials have been roughly grouped by type but are otherwise completely unorganized.

Approximately one-quarter of the collection consists of correspondence. Included here are autograph letters from politicians, authors, actors, and other celebrities, for the most part acknowledgments of free copies of King's books, and in some cases signed by secretaries. A partial list of names is appended to this inventory. There is also general correspondence concerning King's writings and research, and her participation in the 1970 White House Conference on Children. There are also greeting cards and printed invitations. Other printed matter and photographs are also mixed in with the correspondence, while further correspondence is probably mixed in with the research materials and printed matter.

Another quarter of the collection consists of printed matter. There is a substantial amount dealing with the White House Conference on Children; there are also copies of four of King's books (What Would You Do?, 1962; A Gallery of Children, 1967; Mico and Piccolino, 1972; The Star of Bethlehem, 1968) and autographed copies of other authors' books. There are also pamphlets and leaflets on such topics as Mary Baker Eddy, Abraham Lincoln, and the John F. Kennedy Memorial, and newspaper clippings about King and her books. There is also a commonplace book containing both printed matter and manuscript notes about Ireland.

The final half of the collection is made up of manuscripts, typescripts, and galley proofs of a number of King's works, accompanied by notes, research materials, photographs used for illustrations, and related materials.

These papers have been given to Yale University by Marian King in a series of over eighty separate gifts since 1955.


  • 1935-1973


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marian King, 1955-1973.


6 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of correspondence, writings, research material, photographs, and other papers relating to King's books. Much of the correspondence consists of letters from celebrities acknowledging receipt of copies of her books. Among the research material is a substantial amount relating to the White House Conference on Children (1970). The major portion of the papers consists of drafts, galley proofs, photographs, and other materials connected with the publication of her books.

Biographical / Historical

Marian King, author, studied abroad and began writing children's books in 1928. From 1940-1945, she served with the British Supply Missions in Washington, D.C.

Other Finding Aids

For a partial index of correspondents with Marian King, consult the Correspondents Index.

Partial List of Correspondents

  1. Bailey, Albert E., 1871-1951
  2. Benny, Jack, 1894-1974
  3. Booth, Shirley
  4. Brown, J. Carter, 1934-2002
  5. Burger, Warren, 1907-1995
  6. Burnett, Carol, 1933-
  7. Cantor, Eddie, 1862-1964
  8. Clark, Kenneth
  9. Daniels, Jonathan
  10. Davis, Bette, 1908-1989
  11. De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956
  12. Dennis, Wesley
  13. Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
  14. Eisenhower, David
  15. Ford, Henry III
  16. Galbraith, John K., 1908-2006
  17. Gesell, Dr. Arnold, 1880-1961
  18. Harris, Julie
  19. Hayes, Helen
  20. Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
  21. Hoover, J. Edgar, 1895-1972
  22. Hull, Henry
  23. Humphrey, Hubert, 1911-1978
  24. James, Fleming
  25. Janeway, Elizabeth, 1913-2005
  26. Kennedy, John F., 1917-1963
  27. Kennedy, Joan, 1936-
  28. Lunt, Alfred, 1892-1977
  29. McNamara, Margaret
  30. Marceau, Henri, 1896-1969
  31. Marshall, Gen. George Catlett, 1880-1959
  32. Martin, Mary
  33. Michener, James A., 1907-1997
  34. Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972
  35. Neale, John Ernest, 1890-1975
  36. Nixon, Richard, 1913-1994
  37. Oursler, Charles Fulton, 1893-1952
  38. Pederson, Rachel Field, 1894-1942
  39. Price, Vincent, 1911-1993
  40. Rickover, H. G., 1900-1986
  41. Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973
  42. Rodgers, Richard
  43. Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
  44. Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
  45. Temple, Shirley, 1928-2014
  46. Trevelyan, George Macaulay, 1876-1962
  47. Wouk, Herman, 1915-2019
Preliminary Guide to the Marian King Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
May 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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