This collection is comprised of manuscripts and correspondences created by Steele while drafting several of her stories. Some examples of the work found in this collection were never published, while others, like the Mrs. Gaddy stories, were. The body of work represented in this collection illustrates the stages of development Steele’s stories went through before finally being published, or (as in several cases in this collection) were not. Also represented in the collection are correspondences to and from Steele and her publisher, Greenwillow Books of New York concerning several titles. These letters are stored with the drafts of the stories in which they are about. Also included in the collection are permission requests drafted by Steele to publish poetry for her book, The Fifth Day.
The Mary Q. Steele manuscripts, drafts, and correspondence collection includes drafts and manuscripts of Mary Q. Steele's published and unpublished books ranging from 1922 to 1992.
Biographical / Historical
Mary Quintard Govan Steele was born on 1922 May 8 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Gilbert E. and Christine Noble Govan. Mary attended the University of Chattanooga, where she majored in physics and met her husband, William O. Steele. She followed in her mother's footsteps by writing many books for young adults, often under uthe pseudonym Wilson Gage. Among other recognition, Steele was awarded the John Newbery Medal in 1970 for Journey Outside. Mary Q. Steele passed away on 1992 July 6.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Quintard Steele donated the Mary Q. Steele manuscripts, drafts, and correspondence collection to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 1992 August 21.
Mary Q. Steele manuscripts, drafts, and correspondence, Special Collections, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga http://findingaids.library.utc.edu/repositories/2/resources/46 Accessed September 21, 2017.