Collection Scope and Contents
Title: Patricia Beatty papers
Date (inclusive): 1960-1988
Collection Number: MS 220
Beatty, Patricia, 1922-1991; Beatty, John Louis, 1922-1975
18.35 Linear Feet
Rivera Library. Special Collections
Abstract: This collection consists of notes,
proofs, manuscripts, and other material related to the written works of Patricia Beatty, an
award-winning author of children's books including
Charley Skedaddle. The collection also
includes materials on books Beatty co-authored with her husband John Beatty.
Languages: The collection is in English.
This collection is open for research.
Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be
protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction,
and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements,
donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark
rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed
by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other
restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights
holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests
exclusively with the user.
[identification of item], [date if possible]. Patricia Beatty papers (MS 220). Special
Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.
Gift of Patricia Beatty.
The collection was processed by Carlota Ramirez in 2017.
Processing of the Patricia Beatty papers was completed by undergraduate students from the
University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University
Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR
Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.
Patricia Beatty was born in Portland, Oregon, and was a longtime resident of Southern
California. After graduating from Reed College, she taught high school english and history,
and later held various positions as a science and children's librarian. In 1950, she married
John Louis Beatty, a history professor.
In 1953 the Beattys moved to Riverside, where John had received a position at the newly
formed University of California, Riverside. Patricia worked at the Riverside Public Library
as a librarian, and began writing books in her spare time. She wrote numerous books, and
coauthored 10 books with John before his death in 1975. She also taught Writing Fiction for
Children at several branches of the University of California in the late 1960s. Beatty
married UC Riverside economics professor Carl Uhr in 1975, and passed away on July 9,
Beatty's work won numerous awards, including two Western Writers of America Awards (1984,
1987), the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for
(1988), and two California Council Medals from the Southern California Council on Literature
for Children and Young People (1974, 1976). The California Library Association also created
the John and Patricia Beatty Award in 1987, to honor children's books highlighting
Collection Scope and Contents
This collection consists of manuscript drafts, proofs, notes, and other materials related
to 49 written works by award-winning children's author Patricia Beatty, including the 10
books Beatty co-authored with her husband John Beatty. Items in the collection also include
some personal materials, including biographies, news clippings, correspondence, and an
article Beatty authored on writing historical novels for young people.
The collection has been kept for the most part in its original order and folder titles.
Materials are organized chronologically into series based on the title of the work, with
oversized items separated physically.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Children's literature, American
Genres and Forms of Materials