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Martha Tolles papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00755

Scope and Contents

The majority of this collection consists of manuscripts of Tolles' published and unpublished works, mostly typescripts with handwritten annotations. There are also some financial and legal documentation from the publishers such as invoices and contracts, as well as final published versions of the works.

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

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. This collection has not been organized or processed beyond its initial accessioning.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Martha Tolles has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators.

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.

Biographical Note

Martha Tolles is a Smith College graduate and author of numerous works of popular childrens' fiction, including the "Darci" and "Katie" series of books, which were published in the 1980s.

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.

Extent

4.562 linear feet (5 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Martha Tolles is a Smith College graduate and author of numerous works of popular childrens' fiction, including the "Darci" and "Katie" series of books, which were published in the 1980s. This collection of her papers documents her writing through drafts, correspondence with her editors and fans, and publicity materials, including interviews conducted with Tolles.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Martha Tolles in 2015. Additions were donated by Tolles in 2020.

Creator

Source

Title
Finding Aid to the Martha Tolles papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 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

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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