Martha Tolles papers
Scope and Contents
The largest remainder of the collection is correspondence between Tolles and her editors, rejection letters from editors, and fan mail. Most of the fan mail was from children, and the collection includes a photograph album of pictures of themselves that the child fans sent to Tolles. There is also a small amount of publicity materials and articles about Tolles' work, as well as recordings of interviews with Tolles.
Dates of Materials
- 1945 - 2020
- Tolles, Martha (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Martha Tolles, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of Natalie Dunbar and Willis Gregory, Martha Tolles grew up in Rye, New York. She graduated from Smith College in 1943 with a degree in English. While at Smith, Tolles served as a reporter and then assistant editor for the college newspaper,"The SCAN" and was a member of the College Radio Board. After college, she worked as a reporter for"Port Chester Daily Item." Shortly after graduation, Martha Gregory married E. Leroy Tolles, founder of the prominent law firm Munger, Tolles and Olson, based in Los Angeles. Together, the couple had six children and were married sixty-three years; Mr. Tolles died in 2008 at the age of 85. In 1965, the busy mother of six was sidelined by a back injury. With time on her hands, Martha Tolles turned to writing children's fiction and saw her first novel, entitled "Too Many Boys"(a nod to the fact that of her six children, she had only one daughter) which would later be named"Katie and Those Boys."
Since then, Tolles has published more than a dozen titles, including "Who's Reading Darcie's Diary?" (1985), "Katie for President" (1988), and "Marrying Off Mom" (1990). A member of the Authors Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and twice a recipient of the Children's Choice Book List Award, Tolles'fiction continues to delight young readers with more than 2.3 million copies sold to date.
4.562 linear feet (5 containers)
Language of Materials
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Finding Aid to the Martha Tolles papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2018-03-21: Container listing added and finding aid published
- 2018-11-03: Updated to conform to DACS
- 2021-06-09: Added Accession 2020-S-0017
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