The Resource Ruth Forbes Chandler collection

Ruth Forbes Chandler collection

Label
Ruth Forbes Chandler collection , 1932-1978
Title
Ruth Forbes Chandler collection
Inclusive dates
1932-1978
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The Ruth Forbes Chandler (RFC) papers document the active literary career of a local Kingston children's author. The focus of her numerous manuscripts were of children facing difficult problems. This is especially true of Ladder to The Sky about a young black boy facing adversity. Originally published in 1959 and then later reissued in 1965 during which time most books were published about caucasian children. As RFC stated in a letter to a young child "Then came the change in people's thinking and the call for varied racial backgrounds"
  • (cont.) The important early influence of Clement C. Maxwell, president of the Bridgewater Normal School (Bridgewater State College), in encouraging RFC to undertake a literary career is seen in his incoming correspondence (1:8). Logbooks of children's stories and novels (3:5) kept by RFC record the dates and publication history of her works between 1943 and 1966, a period of extensive literary output for the author. The original manuscripts for many of these stories and novels make up a large proportion of the papers. RFC was frequently called upon for speaking engagements and regularly attended writer's conferences. She donated part of her manuscript collection to the Grummond Collection at the University of Mississippi. It is because of her donations that her association with the collections' founder, Lena Y de Grummond (2:4), continued through the end of her life
Biographical or historical data
  • Ruth Pauline Forbes Chandler was born in New Bedford on July 17, 1894, the daughter of Joseph C. and Alice I. (Reed) Forbes. The widow of George L. Chandler, who passed away in March of 1966, she died on December 29, 1978.
  • (cont.) According to an obituary notice that appeared in the January 4, 1979 issue of the Old Colony Memorial, "Mrs. Chandler, a retired teacher and principal in the New Bedford school system, was author of several children's books and short stories. She moved to Kingston over 30 years ago from Fairhaven." Chandler resided at 228 Main Street in Kingston.
  • (cont.) Contemporary Authors Online said; "She was educated at Bridgewater Normal School (now Bridgewater State College), B.S. in Ed., 1942; additional study at Boston University and Columbia University. Memberships included: the Pembroke Reading Club, communicant of the Kingston First Parish, Unitarian-Universalist and several other groups in the church, Jones River Village Club (secretary, 1950-53, 1963), Friends of the Library, Bridgewater Alumnae Association, and Omega lota Phi".
Cataloging source
OCD
Location of other archival material
University of Southern Mississippi,
Label
Ruth Forbes Chandler collection
Instantiates
Note
  • Box 9 is a flat storage box and located separately from the rest of the collection. Items that were discarded from the collection include envelopes (correspondence was saved) and newspaper and magazine clippings pertaining to fashion or other children authors
  • In Local History Collection at Kingston Public Library, Kingston, Mass
Control code
ocm70862266
Cumulative index finding aids
Unpublished finding aid and detailed container list available in library.
Extent
11 boxes (55 linear inches)
Governing access note
Access unrestricted
Reproduction note
Kingston Public Library does not hold the copyright to this material.
System control number
(Sirsi) o70862266
Label
Ruth Forbes Chandler collection
Note
  • Box 9 is a flat storage box and located separately from the rest of the collection. Items that were discarded from the collection include envelopes (correspondence was saved) and newspaper and magazine clippings pertaining to fashion or other children authors
  • In Local History Collection at Kingston Public Library, Kingston, Mass
Control code
ocm70862266
Cumulative index finding aids
Unpublished finding aid and detailed container list available in library.
Extent
11 boxes (55 linear inches)
Governing access note
Access unrestricted
Reproduction note
Kingston Public Library does not hold the copyright to this material.
System control number
(Sirsi) o70862266

Library Locations

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