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Patricia Beatty papers
MS 220  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Patricia Beatty papers
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1988
    Collection Number: MS 220
    Creator: Beatty, Patricia, 1922-1991
    Creator: Beatty, John Louis, 1922-1975
    Extent: 18.75 linear feet (46 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    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 Lupita Manana and 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.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Patricia Beatty papers (MS 220). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Patricia Beatty, 1989.

    Processing History

    The collection was processed by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant, 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.

    Biographical Note

    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, 1991.
    Beatty's work won numerous awards, including two Western Writers of America Awards (1984, 1987), the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Charley Skedaddle (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 California.

    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.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection has been kept for the most part in its original order with original folder titles. Materials are organized chronologically into series based on the title of the work, with oversized items separated physically.

    Indexing Terms

    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

    Proofs (printed matter)