Elizabeth Rider Montgomery Papers, 1897-1983 (bulk 1920-1983)

Elizabeth Rider Montgomery Papers, 1897-1983 (bulk 1920-1983)

Biographical Note

A teacher and prolific writer specializing in works for children and young adults, Elizabeth Rider was born to Charles Quantrell and Lula (Tralle) Rider on July 12, 1902, in Huaras, Peru, where her father was serving as a missionary and teacher. The family returned to the United States when Elizabeth was 18 months old and she spent her childhood in Independence, Missouri, and Seattle, Washington. Although intending to be an artist, she trained as a teacher, receiving a two-year certificate from the Washington State Normal School at Bellingham (now Western Washington University) in 1925 and a degree in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1928.

While employed as an elementary school teacher, Mrs. Montgomery began writing, with the intention of improving the reading primers then available for her young pupils. In 1938, she left the teaching profession and, until 1963, was employed as a staff-writer for the text-book publisher Scott, Foresman & Company. While there, she was closely involved in the creation and development of the pre-primers and health texts featuring the ongoing characters named "Dick" and "Jane." Subsequently, she was a free-lance writer, authoring novels, biographies, stories, plays, and poems for children and young adults, as well as magazine articles, novels, and plays for adults. 

Spanning more than 40 years and resulting in over 70 works, Elizabeth Rider Montgomery's distinguished career was recognized by many honors, including awards from the National Federation of Press Women, National League of American Pen Women, Phi Delta Nu Honorary Fraternity of Authors and Creative Artists, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, Washington Press Women, and the Seattle Historical Society. Married to Norman A. Montgomery from 1930 to 1961, and to Arthur Julesberg from 1963, Elizabeth Rider Montgomery died on February 19, 1985, in Seattle, Washington.

Scope and Content Note

The Elizabeth Rider Montgomery Papers consist of biographical materials including personal memorabilia, photographs, scrapbooks, and original artwork. The collection also contains manuscripts, drafts, correspondence, research and other supporting materials related to a wide range of published and unpublished works such as books, stories, plays, and poetry.

Notes on Arrangement

The Elizabeth Rider Montgomery Papers are organized according to the following series arrangement:

Series I. Biographical Material, circa 1920-1985
Series II. Correspondence, circa 1931-1984
Series III. Research Material, circa 1897-1969
Series IV. “Dick and Jane” Material, circa 1965-1983
Series V. Poetry, circa 1930-1939
Series VI. Plays, circa 1948-1981
Series VII. Stories and Articles, circa 1909-1975
Series VIII. Books, circa 1943-1980

Provenance

The collection is the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robin A. (Monty) Montgomery, 2002.

Related Material

A selection of books by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery are the Western Collection in Special Collections. Additional copies of individual book titles may also be available in the Libraries' circulating collection.

Copyright Notice

Material in this collection may be under copyright.

Inventory

Series I. Biographical Material, circa 1920-1985

Box 1

1/1 Personal memorabilia, story notes, journal, theater and musical event programs, Los Angeles School District notice of written examination of applicants for positions as teachers, etc., Elementary salary schedule, Instructions to Prospective Teachers, circa 1920s
1/2 School reports, certificates, diplomas: Teacher's Certificate, Public Elementary Schools of Missouri, Teacher's Certificate, Public Schools of Missouri, First Grade Teacher-Training, Student Card, Central Missouri State Teachers College, Second Grade Elementary Certificate, Common Schools of Washington, Grade report, Washington State Normal School, Ellensburg, Grade report, State Normal School, Bellingham, Grade report, State Normal School, Bellingham, Normal School Life Diploma, Washington State Normal School, Bellingham, Student's Duplicate Study List, University of California at Los Angeles, 1920-1927
1/3 The Gleam – yearbook of William Chrisman High School, Independence, Missouri, 1920
1/4 Photographs, circa 1940-1982
1/5 Awards and certificates – The Manuscripters, Music and Art Foundation of Seattle, National Federation of Press Women, National League of American Pen Women, Inc., National Writers Club, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, Phi Delta Nu, Seattle Historical Society, Washington Press Women, Marquis Biographical Library Society, Who's Who of American Women, 1944-1967
1/6 Newspaper articles, 1951-1981
1/7 Newspaper reviews, notices, etc., 1956-1979
1/8 Miscellaneous biographical materials – The Student Opinion, Mrs. Elizabeth Rider Montgomery and Her Book: “The Half-Pint Fisherman” (KING-T), “Who’s Who of American Women?,” letter to Suzanne St. Pierre (CBS News, 60 Minutes), letter to Ernest Kay, General Editor, and draft biographical entry (International Biographical Centre), obituaries in Seattle Post Intelligencer and Seattle Times, circa 1923-1985

Autobiographical Writings

1/9 “One-Armed Paperhanger, or How to Combine Kids with a Career (In Ten Easy Lessons),” 1946
1/10 “Opportunity Doesn't Knock” (original title: “Never Say Die”), 1950
1/11 “Answers to Questions Often Asked”; “Subject: Myself”; “Community Service”; “Penwomen Vignette”; PTA National Paper Interview and supporting correspondence; “Elizabeth Rider Montgomery: (Capsule Career)”, circa 1944-1978

Box 2

Scrapbook, 1940-1950

Box 3

Scrapbook, 1950-1960

Box 4

Scrapbook, 1961-1969

Box 5

Scrapbook, 1969-1979

Box 6

Scrapbook, circa 1980-1985

Box 7

Scrapbook – “50th Book Celebration, Sept. 20, 1969, and 60th Book Celebration, Oct. 13, 1973, and 50 Years of Writing, Oct. 10, 1982,” 1969-1982

Box 8

Art works (primarily charcoal), circa 1920s

Box 9
 
Art works (watercolor), undated

Series II. Correspondence, circa 1931-1984

Box 10

10/1 “The Pre-Primer Years” – correspondence with Scott, Foresman & Co., 1936-1939
10/2 “1st Health Series” – correspondence with Scott, Foresman & Co., 1940-1944
10/3 Correspondence regarding The Story Behind Great Stories – Alden, Raymond (Why the Chimes Rang), Bannerman, Helen (Little Black Sambo), Gag, Wanda (Millions of Cats); Milne, A. A. (Winnie-the-Pooh), 1947
10/4 Correspondence regarding The Story Behind Modern Books – Andrews, Eleanor Frances (Little Pear), Atwater, Florence (Mr. Popper's Penguins), Benet, Marjorie Flack (The Story about Ping), Bishop, Claire (The Five Chinese Brothers), Brink, Carol Ryrie (Caddie Woodlawn), Brunhoff, Cecile De (Story of Babar), Daugherty, James (Andy and the Lion), D'Aulaire, Ingri (Ola), Demetrios, Virginia [Virginia Lee Burton] (The Little House), Estes, Eleanor (The Moffats), 1947-1948
10/5 Correspondence regarding The Story Behind Modern Books – Forbes, Esther (Johnny Tremain), Gramatky, Hardie (Little Toot), Hall, Doris Gates (Blue Willow), Holling, H. C. (Paddle-to-the-Sea), Knight, Jere, etc. (Lassie Come-Home) Lathrop, Dorothy P. (illus.) (Hitty, Her First Hundred Years [by Rachel Field]), Lawson, Robert (Rabbit Hill), Lenski, Lois (Little Auto), 1947-1948
10/6 Correspondence regarding The Story Behind Modern Books – Means, Florence Crannell (Shuttered Windows), Meigs, Cornelia (Invincible Louisa), O'Brien, Jack (Silver Chief), Petersham, Maud (The Rooster Crows), Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan (The Yearling), Salten, Felix (Bambi), Sandburg, Carl (Abe Lincoln Grows Up), Seredy, Kate (The Good Master), 1947-1948
10/7 Correspondence regarding The Story Behind Modern Books – Shephard, Esther, etc. (Paul Bunyan), Snedeker, Caroline (Downright Dencey), Sperry, Armstrong (Call It Courage), Stong, Phil (Honk, the Moose), Thurber, James (Many Moons), Travers, P. L. (Mary Poppins), Vining, Elizabeth Gray (Adam of the Road), Wilder, Laura Ingalls (Little House in the Big Woods), 1947-1948
10/8 Correspondence from R. T. Bond of Dodd, Mead & Co. regarding translations of The Story of Great Medical Discoveries, 1959 December 29
10/9 Rejection letters from various publishers, 1931-1984

Series III. Research Material, circa 1897-1969
 
Box 11

11/1 The Story Behind Great Stories, circa 1940s
11/2 The Story Behind Modern Books, undated [MISSING]
11/3 The Story Behind Popular Songs, circa 1957-1969
11/4 Tide Treasure Camper, circa 1954-1959
11/5 Walt Disney: Master of Make-Believe, circa 1960s
11/6 When a Ton of Gold Reached Seattle, circa 1897-1967
11/7 When Pioneers Pushed West to Oregon, circa 1904-1906
11/8 William C. Handy: Father of the Blues, circa 1946-1967
11/9 John Philip Sousa, 1955-1956
11/10 John Muir (?), circa 1935-1941
11/11 Skiing, circa 1955-1959

Series IV. "Dick and Jane" Material, circa 1965-1983

Box 12
 
12/1-12/2 Who Did "Dick and Jane"? – typescripts, undated
12/3 Correspondence, 1965-1983
12/4 Letter to N. Pittmann with transcript of1959 interview with Zerna Sharpe, 1981
12/5 Newspaper articles, 1972-1977
12/6 “Pre-Primer Chronology,” undated
12/7 Elson Basic Readers and Elson-Gray Basic Primers, circa 1930s
12/8 Zerna Sharpe and Eleanor Campbell biographical materials, circa 1933-2006
12/9 Health Primer materials, circa 1940s

Series V. Poetry, circa 1930-1939

12/10 Rhymes of Child-Land: For Four- to Six-Year-Olds, undated
12/11 Individual poems – “Before I Learned to Read,” “Contest Mania,” “Contrast,” “Exemptions,” “A Mother's Song of Thanksgiving,” “Mountain Road,” “Prayer Before Pay-Day,” “Prayer for Two,” “Pride at Seven,” “Six Years Old,” “Soliloquy of a Gentleman on Meeting the Lady of the Toothbrush Ads,” “Thank God for Showers,” “Three Little Girls,” “Trees Are Like People,” “What Is In My Head?,” “When You Grow Up,” “Writer vs. Cook,” undated
12/12 Drafts, undated
12/13 Scrapbook of published greeting cards, circa 1938-1939

Series VI. Plays, circa 1948-1981

Box 13
 
13/1 The Bachelor and the Stork Club: A Light Comedy, undated
13/2 The Bachelor and the Stork Club: A One-Hour Television Comedy, undated
13/3 Camp Can-Do – notes for the artist, circa 1981
13/4 Kla-How-Ya (Hello--Good-bye): A Symphonic Drama of Northwest History, 1963
13/5 Kla-How-Ya (Hello--Good-bye): A Symphonic Drama of Northwest History, undated
13/6 Knights of the Silver Shield: A Play for Children, undated
13/7 Merlin's Necklace: (A Play for Children), undated
13/8-13/9 Noel's Ark: A Three Act Play, undated
13/10-13/11 Old Pipes and the Dryad: A Play for Children (Pioneer Drama, 1976), 1948
13/12 Pinocchio's Papa: A Play for Children in Two Acts, undated

Box 14

14/1 Pinocchio's Parent: A Radio Play for Columbia School of the Air – notes, undated
14/2 Suburb of Heaven: A Three Act Drama, undated
14/3-14/4 Suburb of Heaven: A Three-Act Play, undated
14/5 Suburb of Heaven: A One-Hour Television Drama, circa 1973
14/6 Suburb of Heaven (Theatre Americana) – production photographs, 1965

Series VII. Stories and Articles, circa 1909-1975

14/7 Amy Copes with a Crisis, undated
14/8 Blacky and the Eggs, 1941 April 4
14/9 The Bit Part, circa 1960
14/10 The Fighting Monk, 1965 January
14/11 Incorruptible Witness: (A Short-Short), undated
14/12 Life in These United States, 1958
14/13 Music from Discord, undated
14/14 Quick Cure, 1958 September-October
14/15 The Seattle Free Lances (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), 1967 December 17
14/16 Trudy, Ted, and the Treasure (Children's Activities), 1941
14/17 Whose Mistake? undated
14/18 The Winner, 1944 August 28
14/19 Juvenile Story Ideas; Now and Then;  Reader Stories (Dick and Jane series); Sally Story Ideas; Two Surprises, circa 1959              
14/20 The Biggest Dollar – synopsis, 1975
14/21 Good and Bad Uses of the Apple (essay written by Elizabeth Rider at age 6 in Ott School of Independence, MO), 1909
14/22 “Force of Habit” and “Hood’s Canal” – Weekly Messenger (Washington State Normal School), 1925
14/23 Jonesy & the Fixer – notes, undated

Series VIII. Books, circa 1943-1980

Box 15

15/1 The All-American Parade (A Picture Book) (Easy-Reading), undated
15/2 The All-American Parade (An Easy-Reading Picture Book), undated
15/3 The All-American Parade (An Easy-Reading Story), undated
15/4 All Kinds of Trucks (A Picture Book), undated
15/5-15/6 Baxter and the Back-Hoe (Easy Reading), undated
15/7 Baxter and the Back-Hoe, undated
15/8 Cara's Carnival (A Story for Girls), undated
15/9 Cara's Carnival – corrections, 1977
15/10 Chick and the Wonderful Trick (A Picture Book Story), undated
15/11 Chick and the Wonderful Trick (Easy Reading), 1977
15/12 Chick and the Wonderful Trick (Easy Reading), undated
15/13-15/15 Cleanliness Is Next (A Contemporary Novel) (variant title of Lucinda’s Legacy), undated

Box 16

16/1 Cleanliness Is Next (A Contemporary Novel) (variant title of Lucinda’s Legacy), undated
16/2 The Clown Contest (An Easy-Reading Story), undated
16/3 The Clown Contest (An Easy-Reading Story), circa 1978
16/4 The Clown Contest, circa 1980
16/5 The Clown Contest – typescript, circa 1980
16/6 Dobby Runs Around (A Picture Book Story), undated
16/7 Dobby Runs Around, circa 1977
16/8 Duke Ellington: King of Jazz  – research materials, undated
16/9 Duke Ellington: King of Jazz – correspondence, 1967-1971
16/10 Duke Ellington: King of Jazz – bibliography notes, undated
16/11 Duke Ellington: King of Jazz – first draft, 1970
16/12 Duke Ellington: King of Jazz – second draft, 1970
16/13 Duke Ellington: King of Jazz – third draft, undated
16/14 Duke Ellington: King of Jazz – revised, Duke's changes, 1971
16/15 Duke Ellington: King of Jazz – revised, final, 1971

Box 17

17/1 Forfeit to the Flood (A Mystery Novel), undated
17/2 Good Times with Our Friends – publisher’s dummy, Galley 3, 1941
17/3 Going on Ten (Book Four in Health and Safety) – publisher’s layout, circa 1958
17/4 Kids’ Fishing Derby (A Boys’ Story for Reluctant Readers) [see also The Runt], undated
17/5 Junior Fishing Derby (A Boys’ Story for Reluctant Readers), undated
17/6 Half-Pint Fisherman (A Junior Novel), undated
17/7 Half-Pint Fisherman (serialized in eight issues of Twelve/Fifteen), 1956 June-July
17/8 His Cut and Her Cut (A Novelty Gift Book) (ERM writing as “Angela Towne”), undated
17/9 Honeymoon Horror – first paragraphs and plot outline, undated
17/10 Honeymoon Horror (A Murder Mystery), 1943
17/11 Life-Savers – preliminary research materials, outline, and letter from Crestwood House, circa 1970s-1980s
17/12 Life-Savers: Explorers in Medicine (Teachers’ Manual), undated

Box 18

18/1 Life-Savers: Medical Inventors (Teachers’ Manual), undated
18/2 Life-Savers, II: Pioneer Germ-Fighters (Teachers’ Manual), 1980
18/3 [Life-Savers: Surgery Pioneers/Hospital Pioneers], undated
18/4 Lucinda’s Legacy – chapters 1-4, undated
18/5 Lucinda’s Legacy – chapters 5-7, undated
18/6 Lucinda’s Legacy – chapters 8-11, undated
18/7 Lucinda’s Legacy – chapters 12-19, undated
18/8 The Mill Creek Mystery – proposal, undated
18/9 The Mill Creek Mystery (Easy-Read Book), undated
18/10 The Mill Creek Mystery (A For Real Book), undated
18/11 The Mystery of the Missing Meat (An Easy Read Book), circa 1976
18/12 The Mystery of the Missing Meat, circa 1979
18/13 The Mystery of the Missing Meat, circa 1980
18/14 The Mystery of the Missing Meat, undated
18/15 The Mystery of the Missing Meat (A For Real Story), undated
18/16 No Solo for Sandra – synopsis, undated
18/17 No Solo for Sandra (includes five illustrations), undated

Box 19

19/1 Ox-Team Orrie – research materials and synopsis, undated
19/2 Ox-Team Orrie (A Boys’ Novel) – chapters 1-7, undated
19/3 Ox-Team Orrie (A Boys’ Novel) – chapters 8-15, undated
19/4 Ox-Team Orrie (Historical Novel) – chapters 1-7, undated
19/5 Ox-Team Orrie (Historical Novel) – chapters 8-15, undated
19/6 Ox-Team Orrie (A historical novel) – chapters 1-7, undated
19/7 Ox-Team Orrie (A historical novel) – chapters 8-15, undated
19/8 A Thief or Two (The Pepper Tree Patio Mystery) – author’s notes, synopsis, character outline, undated
19/9 A Thief or Two (The Pepper Tree Patio Mystery), undated
19/10 The Pepper Tree Patio Mystery, undated

Box 20

20/1 The Real Ribbon, circa 1981
20/2 The Real Ribbon, circa 1979
20/3 The Red Letter Day, undated
20/4 The Red Letter Day (An Easy-Reading Story), undated
20/5 The Red Letter Day (A Picture Book Story), undated
20/6 Running Deer: Nez Perce Boy (A Junior Novel) – chapters 1-9, undated
20/7 Running Deer: Nez Perce Boy (A Junior Novel) – chapters 10-18, undated
20/8-20/10 The Runt (A Boys’ Novel) (probable re-write of Half-Pint Fisherman), undated
20/11 The Runt (A Novel for Boys) (probable re-write of Half-Pint Fisherman), undated
20/12 The Runt (A Novel for Boys 10-14) (probable re-write of Half-Pint Fisherman), undated
20/13 The Secret Pen-Pal, undated
20/14 The Shilly Shallys – author’s notes and script, undated
20/15 The Shilly Shallys (A Picture Book Story), undated
20/16 The Shilly Shallys (An Easy Reading Story), circa 1961
20/17 The Shilly Shallys (Easy Reading), undated
20/18 The Smartest Man in Town (A Picture Book Story), circa 1977
20/19 The Smartest Person in Town (A Picture Book Story), undated
20/20 Susan and the Storm (Teen Digest), circa 1960

Box 21

21/1 A Time to Every Purpose (A Contemporary Adult Novel) (Diablo Deluge, original title Cataclysm): Part I – first draft, 1978
21/2 A Time to Every Purpose (A Contemporary Adult Novel) (Diablo Deluge, original title Cataclysm): Part II – first draft, 1978
21/3 A Time to Every Purpose (A Contemporary Adult Novel) (Diablo Deluge, original title Cataclysm): Part I – second draft, 1978
21/4 A Time to Every Purpose (A Contemporary Adult Novel) (Diablo Deluge, original title Cataclysm): Part II – second draft, 1978
21/5 A Time to Every Purpose (A Contemporary Adult Novel) – synopsis and draft, undated
21/6 A Time to Every Purpose (An Adult Novel) – synopsis, contents; The Survival Club (A Time to Every Purpose) – outline and Part I, circa 1978
21/7 The Survival Club: Part II (partial), circa 1978

Box 22

22/1 The Survival Club: Part II (partial) and Part III, circa 1978
22/2 The Survival Club: Part IV, circa 1978
22/3 A Time to Every Purpose (A Contemporary Adult Novel): Part I, undated
22/4 A Time to Every Purpose (A Contemporary Adult Novel): Part II, undated
22/5 A Time to Every Purpose (A Contemporary Adult Novel): Part III, undated
22/6 A Time to Every Purpose (A Contemporary Adult Novel): Part IV and Part V, Epilogue, undated
22/7 A Time to Every Purpose: Part I, undated
22/8 A Time to Every Purpose: Part II and Part III, undated
22/9 A Time to Every Purpose: Part IV and Part V, Epilogue, undated
22/10 Two Kinds of Courage (serialized as “Snow Bunny Brad” in eight issues of Twelve Fifteen), 1966 November-1967 January

Box 23

23/1 Two Kinds of Courage – galleys and foundry proof, 1960
23/2 What’s In a Will? (A Suspense Novel), circa 1980
23/3 What’s In a Will? (A Suspense Novel) – typescript, undated
23/4 What’s In a Will? (A Suspense Novel), undated
23/5 Who Steals My Purse – synopsis and Part I, undated
23/6 Who Steals My Purse (A Novel) (original title: The Libel Letter), undated
23/7 Who Steals My Purse (A Novel), undated

Box 24

24/1 Who Steals My Purse – synopsis, Part I and Part II, undated
24/2-27/4 Who Steals My Purse, undated
24/5 The Wishy Washys, undated
24/6 The Wishy Washys (An Easy-Reading Story) – typescript, undated
24/7 The Wishy Washys, undated
24/8 The Wishy Washys, circa 1977
24/9 The Wishy Washys (Easy Reading), circa 1980
24/10 The Wishy Washys, undated
24/11 Wonder Workers in Communication – proposals, “Teachers’ Manual,” undated
24/12 Wonder Workers in Communication: Lesson 1, undated
24/13 Wonder Workers in Communication, undated
24/14 Wonder Workers in Industry, circa 1979
24/15 Wonder Workers in Transportation, circa 1979
24/16 More Wonder Workers, circa 1979

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