MsC 662

Iowa Author

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1953 -- 1982
2.5 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: Janury 1998

Acquisition Note: These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1983 by Velma Ford Morrison.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Biographical Note

Velma Ford Morrison was born in Madrid, Iowa on April 30, 1909. She attended Drake University in Des Moines and worked as an elementary school teacher from 1928 to 1933. In 1930 she married Hugh Pritchard Morrison; they have five children.

A children's fiction and non-fiction author, Morrison has also been president and manager of the Morrison Book Company since 1953. This company specializes in publishing books for children.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Velma Ford Morrison consist of 1.5 feet of manuscripts, dating from 1953 -- 1982 and 1 foot of artwork. Together with correspondence, there are drafts, galleys, page proofs, and reviews for many of her books. Also, included are her original illustrations for such books as Herbie, My Book, and Twinkle Little Star.

Box 1

Correspondence, 1953 -- 1971.

Baby's Animal Book

Correspondence, 1958.

Going on a Dig

General, 1979 -- 1981.

With editor, 1979 -- 1982.

Original typescript with corrections, revisions and notes.

Index, typescript and author's proof.

Photos, lists sent to publisher.

Captions, typescript with corrections and notes.

Galley proof.

Galley proof of captions with corrections.

Page proof.

Box 2

Going on a Dig (cont.)

Page proof.

Art work, book cover.

Reviews, 1981.


Correspondence, 1961 -- 1975.

Holograph draft of layout.

Typescript with page arrangement and editor's notes. (3 copies)


Galley proofs.

Page proofs, uncut.

Worksheet and chart for application of Spache Readability Formula for Grades 1 - 11.

Advertising and reviews, 1961.

My Go to Bed Book

Correspondence, 1955 -- 1961.


Correspondence, 1977.

Typescript with corrections and revisions (4 copies).

Holograph draft with page arrangements.

Typescript with page arrangements (8 copies).

Final typescript with note and page arrangements.

Mock-up (2 copies)

Galley proofs with notes.

Dust jacket.

There's Only One You: The Story of Heredity

Correspondence with editor, 1976 -- 1978.

Original typescript with corrections and revisions.

Glossary and index (2 copies).

Galley proofs with corrections.

Book design, layouts.

Reviews, 1979.

Twinkle Little Star

Correspondence, 1961 -- 1968.

Oversize Box

Artwork for

Baby's Book


My Book

My Go to Bed Book

Pat Little Puppy


Twinkle Little Star

Oversize Flat

Artwork for

Baby's Book

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