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Margaret Wise Brown papers

Inventory


Series 1. Published Works
Contains the manuscripts, notes, book dummies, and revisions for many of Margaret Wise Brown’s published books and articles.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1 All the Bright Colors, from the Mouse of My Heart Collection
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Box 1, Folder 2 Animals in the Snow
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Box 1, Folder 3 Another Important Book
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Box 1, Folder 4 Baby Animals, Random House
1941
Box 1, Folder 5 Bad Little Duck Hunter, Scott
1947
Box 1, Folder 6 The Barnyard Song, Heath
1939
Box 1, Folder 7 Big and Little, Scott
1938
Box 1, Folder 8 Big Bunny--Little Bunny
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Box 1, Folder 9 Big Dog Little Dog, Doubleday
1943
Box 1, Folder 10 Big Fast Farmer
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Box 1, Folder 11 Big Red Barn, Scott
1956
Box 1, Folder 12 The Big Steamshovel, or, The Big Digger
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Box 1, Folder 13 The Big Warm Barn
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Box 1, Folder 14 Birthdays in the Woods
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Box 1, Folder 15 Stories to be Sung and Songs to be Told, article in the Book of Knowledge Annual
1952
Box 1, Folder 16 The Bunny's Birthday
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Box 1, Folder 17 The Bunny's Noisy Book
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Box 1, Folder 18 Funny Bunny; The Glorious Death of a Mouse; The Glorious Flight of a Bunny; The Little Fat Bunny; The Little Rabbit Who Was Learning How to Jump
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Box 1, Folder 19 The Cardboard Egg
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Box 1, Folder 20 The Little Indian, Simon & Schuster
1954
Box 1, Folder 21 A Child's Good Morning, Scott
1943
Box 1, Folder 22 A Child's Good-Night Book, Scott
1943
Box 1, Folder 23 Christmas in the Barn, Crowell
1952
Box 1, Folder 24 The Color Bunnies
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Box 1, Folder 25 The Color Kittens, Simon & Schuster
1949
Box 1, Folder 26 The Dark Wood of the Golden Birds, Harper
1950
Box 1, Folder 27 The Dark Wood of the Golden Birds, Harper
1950
Box 2, Folder 1 Dirty Mary
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Box 2, Folder 2 Doctor Squash, The Doll Doctor, Simon & Schuster
1952
Box 2, Folder 3 Dog Abroad, or, Dogeral: Memories of an Irish Dog in France
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Box 2, Folder 4 The Dream Book, Random House
1950
Box 2, Folder 5 The Dreaming Bunny, or, The Story of Bunny No Good, in The Golden Sleepy Book, Simon & Schuster
1948
Box 2, Folder 6 The Earth Will Hold Us (play)
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Box 2, Folder 7 Every Little Clown or Chercher Le Clown
1952
Box 2, Folder 8 The Fabulous Fish
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Box 2, Folder 9 Humpty Together Again, or, The Fall and Rise of Humpty Dumpty, a story in music by MWB, music by Elizabeth Randolph
1950
Box 2, Folder 10 The Fast Farmer
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Box 2, Folder 11 Fire Fire Fire in the Fall of the Year, in The Golden Bunny
1953
Box 2, Folder 12 The First Story, Harper
1947
Box 2, Folder 13 The First Story, Harper
1947
Box 2, Folder 14 The First Story, Harper
1947
Box 2, Folder 15 The Fish With the Deep Sea Smile Collection; E.P. Dutton composition book with early versions of many stories in this collection and in Another Here and Now Story Book collection
1938
Box 2, Folder 16 The Fishing Cat
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Box 2, Folder 17 Five Little Firemen
1946
Box 2, Folder 18 Four Little Fishermen; Fish Eyes Under the Sea
1948
Box 2, Folder 19 A Friend for Easter
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Box 2, Folder 20 The Friendly Book, or, The Boy Who Loved the Whole World
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Box 2, Folder 21 Funny Bunny
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Box 3, Folder 1 The Gentle Tigerrr, or, The Polite Tiger
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Box 3, Folder 2 The Golden Bunny
1950
Box 3, Folder 3 The Golden Bunny
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Box 3, Folder 4 The Golden Bunny
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Box 3, Folder 5 The Golden Bunny
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Box 3, Folder 6 The Golden Bunny
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Box 3, Folder 7 The Golden Bunny, note: much of this material was not included in the final book and can be found in The Green Wind or The Golden Sleepy Book
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Box 3, Folder 8 The Golden Bunny, Here Comes a Baby, or, Whose Baby Bunny, Birthdays in the Woods (A Singing Story), Funny Bunny, The Rabbit Doctor, The Mouse and the Mouse Doctor, The Rabbit Who Lived on a Ranch, The Little Rabbit Who Stayed Up All Night, The Smart Little Bunny
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Box 3, Folder 9 The Golden Bunny
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Box 3, Folder 10 The Golden Dog and his Two Blue Kittens
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Box 3, Folder 11 The Golden Lion
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Box 3, Folder 12 The Golden Story Book
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Box 3, Folder 13 The Golden Story Book
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Box 4, Folder 1 Good Housekeeping, poem on p.86: Pusscatkin and the Pumpkin. Other items published in Good Housekeeping: Daisy Clover Pussywillow Brown; The Grey Rabbit's Dream; The Kitten at the Keyhole; Little Brown Tug; The Magic Car; One Eye Open; Pigwilliam Pumpkin, Where Have You Been?; Pussywillows; Scarecrow School; Three Pigeons Go To School and others.
1948-1949
Box 4, Folder 2 The Good Little Bad Little Bunny
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Box 4, Folder 3 The Good Little Bad Little Pig
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Box 4, Folder 4 The Good Little Bad Little Raccoon
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Box 4, Folder 5 Early versions of Goodnight Moon, titled Goodnight, Room and Chlild's Goodnight, Harper (note states see also Series II: Unpublished Works, academic work from Bank St.)
1947
Box 4, Folder 6 The Green Wind (book dummy), also Song of the Silverfish, from The Green Wind, published in Nibble Nibble
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Box 4, Folder 7 Happy the Hot Dog Man
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Box 4, Folder 8 He Heard Seashells by the Seashore
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Box 4, Folder 9 Hedgehog Ball or The Hedgehog Who Rolled Away
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Box 4, Folder 10 Here Comes the Sun, A Weather Book (book dummy), The Seven Weathers Out the Window
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Box 4, Folder 11 The Hidden House, Henry Holt
1953
Box 4, Folder 12 Home for a Bunny, Simon & Schuster
1956
Box 4, Folder 13 Homes in the Wilderness, Scott
1939
Box 4, Folder 14 A Horse Of Course (book dummy)
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Box 4, Folder 15 The Horse of Course, the Youngest Horse Anthology
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Box 4, Folder 16 How the Animals Took a Bath, first published in Jack and Jill Magazine (1939), reprinted in Wonderful Story Book, Simon & Schuster (1950)
1939, 1950
Box 5, Folder 1 How the Bunny Learned to Wash His Face
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Box 5, Folder 2 How to Live in a House
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Box 5, Folder 3 How to Raise a Rabbit and Comfort a Bunny
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Box 5, Folder 4 The Hungry ABC
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Box 5, Folder 5 The Little Boat
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Box 5, Folder 6 The Little Book
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Box 5, Folder 7 The Little Brass Band
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Box 5, Folder 8 The Little Cat Who Found a Place in the World, or, The Cat
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Box 5, Folder 9 The Little Cat Who Liked to Purr to People
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Box 5, Folder 10 Little Chicken, Harper
1943
Box 5, Folder 11 The Little Cowboy
1948
Box 5, Folder 13 The Little Fir Tree; Christmas Song (several verses used in The Little Fir Tree), T.Y. Cromwell
1954
Box 5, Folder 14 The Little Fisherman, a Fish Story, W.R. Scott
1945
Box 5, Folder 15 The Little Flat Flounder in the Depths of the Sea, shorter version published in The Wonderful Story Book, Simon & Schuster
1948
Box 5, Folder 16 The Little Frightened Tiger
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Box 5, Folder 17 The Little Fur Family, Harper & Row
1946
Box 5, Folder 18 The Little Girl's Medicine
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Box 5, Folder 19 One Two Three in a Family (part of The Little Golden Family Book)
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Box 5, Folder 20 The Little Golden Tugboat Book, The Whole Tug Family or The Annie Moran, That Old Tug at my Heart
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Box 5, Folder 21 The Little Golden Younger and Younger Book
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Box 5, Folder 22 The Little Iceberg
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Box 5, Folder 23 The Little Indian, Simon & Schuster
1954
Box 5, Folder 24 The Little Island
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Box 5, Folder 25 The Little Rabbit Who Was Learning How to Jump
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Box 5, Folder 26 The Little River
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Box 5, Folder 27 The Little Scarecrow Boy, in the anthology Fun and Frolic, D.C. Heath & Co.
1942
Box 6, Folder 1 The Little Toy Train
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Box 6, Folder 2 A Little Weather Story, in the anthology, Read Me Another Story, Crowell
1949
Box 6, Folder 3 The Little White Rabbit Who Chased the Wind
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Box 6, Folder 4 The Little Wind
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Box 6, Folder 5 The Magic Numbers Book
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Box 6, Folder 6 The Magic Numbers Song
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Box 6, Folder 7 The Manners Kittens
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Box 6, Folder 8 Missy's Christmas Shopping
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Box 6, Folder 9 The Monkey Man and his Monkey
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Box 6, Folder 10 The Mouse Doctor
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Box 6, Folder 11 The Mouse Hole Book and Mouse Book
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Box 6, Folder 12 Night and Day, or, Things that Love the Night, Harper
1942
Box 6, Folder 13 The Four Year Old Book, NO, or, The Cat with No Whiskers
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Box 6, Folder 14 The Noon Balloon, from The Noisy Balloon Book
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Box 7, Folder 1 North, East, South, West: A Story in Four Directions; Cricket Song (words by MWB, music by Dorothy Cadzow)
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Box 7, Folder 2 Nothing But Bunnies
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Box 7, Folder 3 Number Kittens
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Box 7, Folder 4 The Number Bears
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Box 7, Folder 5 The Numbers Book
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Box 7, Folder 6 Oceans of Air: A story of the flight of blue geese from North to South, also The Unknown World in the Air, to be included in Oceans of Air
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Box 7, Folder 7 Odds and Ends; The Poodle and the Sheep (title changed later to Cat and Mouse)
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Box 7, Folder 8 One, Two, Three, A Magic Numbers Book
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Box 7, Folder 9 The Peppermints and the Postman, or Seven Little Postmen Carry the Mail
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Box 7, Folder 10 Pictures and Stories magazine: published The Shining Stones; The Birthday Present; A Surprise
1942
Box 7, Folder 11 Quiet in the Wilderness, published in Once Upon A Time In a Pigpen, Addison Wesley
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Box 8, Folder 12 The Puppy's English
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Box 7, Folder 13 A Pussycat's Christmas, Crowell--original title: Pigwilliam's Christmas Book
1949
Box 8, Folder 1 Pussy Willow
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Box 8, Folder 2 Pussywillow, includes illustrations by Leonard Weisgard
1952
Box 8, Folder 3 The Quiet Noisy Book--untitled story used in the book, The Ridiculous Noisy Book
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Box 8, Folder 4 The Quiet Noisy Book stories: The Wonderful Day, The Rabbit's Garden, Sound of the New Day Breaking
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Box 8, Folder 5 The Rabbit Doctor, and The Mouse and the Mouse Doctor
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Box 8, Folder 6 The Rabbit Who Lived On A Ranch
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Box 8, Folder 7 Red Light--Green Light, Pig Jig, Sailor Boy Jig
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Box 8, Folder 8 Robin's House
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Box 8, Folder 9 Song of the Runaway Bunny, score for Magali, to which the song is set
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Box 8, Folder 10 The Sad Little Squirrel, or, The Little Squirrel Who Wouldn't Grow Up
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Box 8, Folder 11 The Sea Shore Noisy Book
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Box 8, Folder 12 Seven Little Postmen, Simon & Schuster
1952
Box 8, Folder 13 Shoot Straight the Boy with the Gun, or, A Straight Shooter
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Box 8, Folder 14 The Sleepy ABC, Lathrop, Lee, and Shepard
1953
Box 8, Folder 15 Sleepy Animals
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Box 8, Folder 16 A Sleepy Story, A Sleepy Book, or, Little Fur Beds
1952
Box 8, Folder 17 The Sleepy Little Rabbit
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Box 8, Folder 18 The Sleepy Mend; A Big Little Sleepy Story (A book for a father to read in bed to his son)
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Box 8, Folder 19 The Sleepy Rabbit Record, Three Times To Sleep, Put Yourself To Sleep
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Box 5, Folder 20 20 Sneakers Finds the Sea; Sneakers, That Rapscallion Cat; Sneakers Comes to Town; The Sky Follows Sneakers To Town; Sneakers and the Easter Flowers; The Easter Surprise; Sneakers and the Easter Bunnies; The Country Happens to Sneakers Again
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Box 5, Folder 21 Snowball and Sunshine, from the collection Mouse of My Heart
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Box 8, Folder 22 Spurs, The Fighting Cock
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Box 8, Folder 23 The Steam Roller (A Fantasy) part of The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile
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Box 8, Folder 24 The Three Snowmen from Mouse of My Heart Collection
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Box 9, Folder 1 The Teeny Tiny Woman
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Box 9, Folder 2 The Terrific Terrible Pumpkin, from Fun and Frolic, D.C. Heath
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Box 9, Folder 3 That Admiral
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Box 9, Folder 4 There Was An Old Lady Who Lived In A House
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Box 9, Folder 5 They Could All Smell It
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Box 9, Folder 6 Three Little Animals, or The Little Fur Animals, or A Little Warm Animal World
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Box 9, Folder 7 Town and Country
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Box 9, Folder 8 The Train to Timbucktoo (Timbuktu), song score called Kalamazoo and Timbuctoo (Timbuktu)
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Box 9, Folder 9 Two Little Canaballs (Cannibals)
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Box 9, Folder 10 Two Little Trains
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Box 9, Folder 11 Two Little Trains, musical dramatization
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Box 9, Folder 12 The Unimportant Book
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Box 9, Folder 13 The Very Rich Rabbit, The Little White Rabbit Who Chased the Wind, The Little Rabbit Who Stayed Up All Night, The Rabbit Who Lived On a Ranch
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Box 9, Folder 14 The Very Rich Rabbit
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Box 9, Folder 15 The Weather Book
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Box 9, Folder 16 What A Little Man!
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Box 9, Folder 17 Wheels On the Chimney
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Box 9, Folder 18 When the Sun Came Up
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Box 9, Folder 19 Where Have You Been? Some of these verses were in Another Here and Now Story book
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Box 9, Folder 20 Where Have You Been?
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Box 9, Folder 21 Whistle For the Train
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Box 9, Folder 22 Will You Come For a Walk With Me? and The Love Song of the Little Bear
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Box 9, Folder 23 Willie's Animals, in Willie's Adventures, W.R. Scott
1954
Box 9, Folder 24 Willie's Pockets, or Peter's Pockets
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Box 9, Folder 25 Willie the Whistling Giraffe, A Musical Ballad, music by Ruth Cleary Patterson
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Box 9, Folder 26 Willie The Whistling Giraffe
1952
Box 10, Folder 1 Whistling Giraffe
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Box 10, Folder 2 The Wonderful House, Simon & Schuster
1950
Box 10, Folder 3 The Wonderful Story Book collection; The Little Toy Train, Out of the Rabbit, Pansies, The Race, A Remarkable Rabbit, Said A Fish to A Fish, They Could All Smell It, But What Was It? (some of these were in The Golden Sleepy Book)
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Box 10, Folder 4 The World That Jack Built
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Box 10, Folder 5 Writing for Children, in Hollins Alumnae Magazine
1949
Box 10, Folder 6 The Yellow Tug or The Teeny Tiny Tugboat
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Box 10, Folder 7 You Be Little and I'll Be Big
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Box 10, Folder 8 Young Kangaroo
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Box 11, Folder 1 The Little Fur Family--two special editions, bound in real rabbit fur, one with the original box
1946
Box 12, Folder 1 Wait Til the Moon is Full record, story by MWB, music by Richard Mohaupt, described as a "musical story"
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Box 12, Folder 2 Whoa! Little Horses Lie Down record, story by MWB, music by Herbert Haufrecht, described as an "activity record"
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Series 2. Unpublished Works
Contains poems and songs, essays and stories, ideas for records, plays, radio and television programs, musical scores with words by Margaret Wise Brown, music by Elizabeth Randolph or Dorothy Cadzow, and composition books with ideas for stories, notes, and thoughts in them.

Container Description Date
Box 13, Folder 1 Poems/songs, A-B
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Box 13, Folder 2 Poems/songs, C-D
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Box 13, Folder 3 Poems/songs, E-F
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Box 13, Folder 4 Poems/songs, G
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Box 13, Folder 5 Poems/songs, H-K
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Box 13, Folder 6 Poems/songs, L
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Box 13, Folder 7 Poems/songs, M-N
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Box 13, Folder 8 Poems/songs, O-Q
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Box 13, Folder 9 Poems/songs, R
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Box 14, Folder 1 Poems/songs, S
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Box 14, Folder 2 Poems/songs, T
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Box 14, Folder 3 Poems/songs, U-Z
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Box 14, Folder 4 Stories/essays, A-C
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Box 14, Folder 5 Stories/essays, D-F
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Box 14, Folder 6 Stories/essays, G-I
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Box 14, Folder 7 Stories/essays, J-L
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Box 14, Folder 8 Stories/essays, M
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Box 14, Folder 9 Stories/essays, N-P
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Box 15, Folder 1 Stories/essays, R
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Box 15, Folder 2 Stories/essays, S
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Box 15, Folder 3 Stories/essays, T-Z
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Box 15, Folder 4 Book dummy, The Color Book
1948
Box 15, Folder 5 Book dummy, Dances and Jigs
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Box 15, Folder 6 Book dummies (two) and detailed notes for book titled The Little Golden Good Bad Book of Manners or The Concrete Manners Book or The Good-Bad Book
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Box 15, Folder 7 Book dummy, Material to Draw On: A Color Book
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Box 15, Folder 8 Ideas for plays, records, television and radio
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Box 15, Folder 9 Ideas for plays, records, television and radio
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Box 15, Folder 10 Ideas for plays, records, television and radio
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Box 15, Folder 11 Ideas for plays, records, television and radio
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Box 16, Folder 1 Ideas for plays, records, television and radio
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Box 16, Folder 2 Ideas for plays, records, television and radio
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Box 16, Folder 3 Ideas for plays, records, television and radio
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Box 16, Folder 4 Music/scores
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Box 16, Folder 5 Composition book
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Box 16, Folder 6 Composition book
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Box 16, Folder 7 Composition book
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Box 17, Folder 1 Composition book
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Box 17, Folder 2 Composition book
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Box 17, Folder 3 Composition book
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Box 17, Folder 4 Composition book
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Box 18, Folder 1 Composition Book
1937
Box 18, Folder 2 Composition book
1941
Box 18, Folder 3 Composition book
1946

Series 3. Correspondence
Includes letters from Margaret Wise Brown to others, and letters received by Margaret Wise Brown, separated into two files. There are also several files that contain a series of correspondence between MWB and someone else. These are each in a separate folder.

Container Description Date
Box 19, Folder 1 Correspondence from Margaret Wise Brown
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Box 19, Folder 2 Correspondence to Margaret Wise Brown
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Box 19, Folder 3 Correspondence with John regarding The Good Night Book
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Box 19, Folder 4 Letter from Burl Ives to MWB, includes her proposal to him for a book/record titled Bonnie Prince Charlie or The Black Prince
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Box 19, Folder 5 Correspondence with Katharine Colie of the Grolier Society
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Series 4. Miscellaneous Papers
Contains some of Margaret Wise Brown’s academic work (papers and stories she wrote while in college), papers/notes from her participation in writing workshops, including notes about how children reacted to her stories, and book reviews and articles about her work that she clipped from newspapers.

Container Description Date
Box 20, Folder 1 Academic work
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Box 20, Folder 2 Writing workshop notes
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Box 20, Folder 3 Writing workshop notes
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Box 20, Folder 4 Writing workshop notes
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Box 20, Folder 4 Writing workshop notes
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Box 20, Folder 5 Writing workshop notes
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Box 20, Folder 6 Writing workshop notes
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Box 20, Folder 7 Writing workshop notes, the Baby Institute
1943
Box 20, Folder 8 Writing workshop notes
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Box 20, Folder 9 Writing workshop notes
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Box 20, Folder 10 Notes for a talk in Richmond
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Box 20, Folder 11 Printer's proof for Who's Who in New England entry on Golden MacDonald (MWB pseudonym)
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Box 20, Folder 12 Notes by MWB on what to include in all publishing contracts
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Box 20, Folder 13 Book reviews
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Box 20, Folder 14 Book reviews
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Box 20, Folder 15 Articles clipped by MWB (two) on her work
1949,1952
Box 20, Folder 16 Diary from MWB's time at Dana Hall boarding school
1929

Series 5. Illustrations
Contains many illustrations and/or storyboards for several of Margaret Wise Brown’s books. Illustrations are by Barbara Cooney and Clement Hurd.

Container Description Date
Box 21 Complete Storyboard for The Little Brass Band, pictures by Clement Hurd
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Box 22 Numerous illustrations for various books, complete storyboard for The Little Fir Tree, pictures by Barbara Cooney
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Series 6. Materials about Margaret Wise Brown
Contains items written about her, grouped by format. Magazines containing articles about her include The Horn Book, Vanity Fair, and LIFE.

Container Description Date
Box 23, Folder 1 Articles about Margaret Wise Brown
1946
Box 23, Folder 2 Articles about Margaret Wise Brown
1954
Box 23, Folder 3 Articles about Margaret Wise Brown
1947-1949
Box 23, Folder 4 Articles about Margaret Wise Brown
1958, 1983
Box 23, Folder 5 Articles about Margaret Wise Brown
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Box 23, Folder 6 Articles about Margaret Wise Brown
2000
Box 23, Folder 7 Thesis on MWB written by Eugene M. Scheel
1969

Series 7. Photographs

MWB 5: portrait of MWB as a child (2 copies)
Box 24, Folder 1

Container Description Date
Box 24, Folder 2 MWB and sister Roberta as girls with their pets
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Box 24, Folder 3 MWB with dogs (two collies)
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Box 24, Folder 4 MWB leaning; MWB with pup, others from same photo shoot (18 photos)
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Box 24, Folder 5 MWB with kerry (kerry blue terrier)
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Box 24, Folder 6 MWB headshot
1945
Box 24, Folder 7 vinyl2; vinyl haven; other shots of Vinalhaven, Maine (6 photos)
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Box 24, Folder 8 Works (MWB headshot with collage of her books)
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Box 24, Folder 9 MWB in blazer on rocks (three photos)
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Box 24, Folder 10 MWB in light coat with kerry blue terrier (2 photos)
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Box 24, Folder 11 MWB in black dress, with book open
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Box 24, Folder 12 Newspaper photo of Cobble Court in New York City
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Box 24, Folder 13 Portrait of Michael Strange
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