Biography / Administrative History
Title: Edna Edwards Interviews with Children's Authors and Illustrators
Collection number: 101
3 boxes (1.63 linear feet)
Loyola Marymount University. William H. Hannon Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Abstract: This collection consists of textual and audio materials documenting Edna Edwards' interviews with children's literature authors
and illustrators. The interviews were conducted in the early 1970s. Some of the interviews were published, while others remain
unedited on cassette tape.
Physical location: Collection stored on site. Appointment is necessary to consult the collection.
Languages represented in the collection:
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[Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, Edna Edwards Interviews with Children's Authors and Illustrators,
Collection 101, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.
Gift of Bryan Edwards. 2010.
Biography / Administrative History
Edna Edwards grew up in Kentucky and went to school in Tennessee at Carson-Newman College. She graduated from the University
of Kentucky in 1951. She worked as a librarian for Kenwick Elementary School in Fayette County, Kentucky. She received her
masters degree in education from UCLA in 1961. Beginning in 1961, Edwards worked as a librarian for Horace Mann Elementary
School in Beverly Hills, California. She took a sabbatical leave for a semester during the 1970-1971 school year. In May
1970, she sent letters to about twenty-five authors and illustrators of children's books requesting their participation in
making taped interviews. Edwards traveled throughout the United States and Europe to conduct the interviews, usually at the
interviewees home. She struggled to find a publisher for the interviews. In 1973, the Center for Cassette Studies in Hollywood,
California agreed to publish the tapes. The interviewees included Lloyd Alexander, Nina Bawden, Roald Dahl, Meindert De Jong,
Penelope Farmer, Sid Fleischman, Ezra Jack Keats, Elaine Konigsburg, Madeleine L'Engle, Leo Lionni, Myra Cohn Livingston,
Mary Norton, Bill Peet, Frances Clarke Sayers, Maurice Sendak, and Brian Wildsmith.
The above information was compiled from materials within the collection.
||Edna Edwards sends letters to authors and illustrators requesting interviews.
||Interview conducted with Sid Fleischman.
|July 10, 1970
||Interview conducted with Roald Dahl.
|July 21, 1970
||Interview conducted with Myra Cohn Livingston.
|September 2, 1970
||Interview conducted with Bill Peet.
|November 9, 1970
||Interview conducted with Maurice Sendak.
|November 10, 1970
||Interview conducted with Ezra Jack Keats.
|November 12, 1970
||Interview conducted with Madeleine L'Engle.
|November 14, 1970
||Interview conducted with Meindert De Jong.
|November 15, 1970
||Interview conducted with Elaine Konigsburg.
|December 5, 1970
||Interview conducted with Frances Clarke Sayers.
||Interview conducted with Lloyd Alexander.
||Interview conducted with Brian Wildsmith.
||Interview conducted with Mary Norton.
||Interview conducted with Leo Lionni.
|August 29, 1973
||Interview conducted with Penelope Farmer.
|July 23, 1975
||Interview conducted with Nina Bawden.
Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of correspondence, notes, recorded interviews on cassette tape and CD, and transcripts of the interviews
Edna Edwards conducted with notable children's authors and illustrators. Correspondence includes information about scheduling
the interviews, as well as personal exchanges and examples of the interviewees' work.
The collection includes correspondence with authors who declined an interview, including Ray Bradbury, Charles Schulz, E.B.
White, Beverly Cleary, Eleanor Cameron, Felix Hoffmann, Joseph Krumgold, Robert McCloskey, and T.S. Geisel.
Notable items: signed brochures from Bill Peet, including a poster of his illustrations; an illustrated holiday letter and
a card from Bill and Margaret Peet; signed brochures from Elaine Konigsburg; an illustrated holiday letter from Hugh and Madeleine
This collection consists of two series. The first series consists of Edna Edwards' files related to the interview project.
The second series consists of copies of the original audio material of the collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Sayers, Frances Clarke, 1897-.
Konigsburg, E. L.
Keats, Ezra Jack.
Lionni, Leo, 1910-1999.
Livingston, Myra Cohn.
Bawden, Nina, 1925-.
De Jong, Meindert, 1906-1991.
Farmer, Penelope, 1939-.
Fleischman, Sid, 1920-2010.
Center for Cassette Studies.
Novelists, English--20th century--Interviews.
Novelists, American--20th century--Interviews.
Poets, American--20th century--Interviews.
Children--Books and reading.
Children's literature, American--History and criticism.