BEVERLY GHERMAN PAPERS
CREATOR: Beverly Gherman
TITLE: Beverly Gherman Papers
DATES: 1998-2003 and undated
VOLUME: 1 linear foot
ACQUISITION: The papers were donated by Beverly Gherman in 2005.
ACCESS: The papers are open for research.
COPYRIGHT: Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.
PROCESSED BY: Matthew Borrego, 2006.
These papers were given by Beverly Gherman to the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in 2005.
Collection is non-circulating; in-house research use only.
The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.
Beverly Gherman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 12, 1934. Her parents were both owners of a dress shop. Gherman was an avid reader in elementary school, including of biographies, a genre in which she would distinguish herself as a writer in later years.
Her fondness for reading lead to frequent visits to libraries, and eventually a job as a librarian's assistant. It was in this capacity that Gherman invited neighbor and children's book writer Marilyn Sachs to do programs for young readers at her library. Gherman thus observed the power that children's books had on their young audience, which in turn awoke a desire within her to write one of her own. After her own children had grown up, Gherman decided to realize her ambition to be a writer of children's books. As a result, she sought guidance in a writing class taught by Susan Terris, a children's author. With lessons from Terris and the feedback of her fellow students, Gherman developed the skills and confidence she sought.
Gherman eventually submitted a proposal for a children's biography of artist Georgia O'Keeffe to three publishers. After initial rejections, the third publisher, Atheneum, accepted her proposal, and Gherman set herself to the task of refining her manuscript and seeking photographs of O'Keeffe's life and work to use in the book Georgia O'Keeffe: The 'Wideness and Wonder' of Her World, which was published in 1986.
Gherman has followed with ten more biographies for young people. Her subjects ranged from fellow writers, such as E. B. White and Robert Louis Stevenson, to artists, such as photographer Ansel Adams, painter Norman Rockwell, and dancer Agnes De Mille. Other biographies explore the lives of the powerful, such as Presidents John Quincy Adams and Jimmy Carter and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and the pioneering, such as scientist Wilhelm Röntgen and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Gherman's biographies have received critical praise for being accessible to young readers and their ability to inspire interest in the lives of her many and varied subjects, who all had in common a gift for making a difference in the world around them.
Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, vol. 136, pp. 158-159.
Something About the Author, vol. 123, pp. 46-49.
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The Beverly Gherman papers contain correspondence, typescripts, research materials, notes, and printed material created and accumulated by Beverly Gherman from her work on the book Ansel Adams: America’s Photographer.
In addition to these papers, Beverly Gherman donated a copy of the book Ansel Adams: America’s Photographer.
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A. Books (1998-2003 and undated)
1. Ansel Adams: America’s Photographer (2002)
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1/1 Printed list of books about Ansel Adams from the Library of Congress’ online catalogue, October 3, 2000, 20 sheets.
1/2 Printed pages from web page about The Ansel Adams Centennial Exhibition, March 9, 2001, 3 sheets.
1/3 Printed online article "Ansel Adams: An American Icon" by David Hume Kennerly, October 26, 2000, 8 sheets.
1/4 Printed pages from web site about the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, October 31, 2000, 6 sheets.
1/5 Printed pages from web site about camera obscuras, February 25, 2002, 7 sheets.
1/6 Newspaper and magazine clippings, September 14, 1998 to December 20, 2003 and undated, 28 items.
1/7 Photocopied pages from chapter "The Evolution of Film: The Inventors of Photography" from an unidentified book, 12 sheets.
1/8 Photocopied pages from the book The Print: The New Ansel Adams Photography Series, Book 3, 4 sheets.
1/9 Photocopied pages from the book An Autobiography by Ansel Adams, 5 sheets.
1/10 Photocopied pages from The Portfolios of Ansel Adams, 6 items.
1/11 Photocopied pages from various books, 13 sheets.
1/12 Photocopy of the book Michael and Anne in the Yosemite Valley by Virginia and Ansel Adams, 1 item.
1/13 Photocopied pages from the book Remembering Virginia by Anne Adams Helms, 7 sheets.
1/14 Brochures and programs concerning the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit “Ansel Adams at 100,” 8 items.
1/15 “Ansel Adams, A Legacy” Curriculum Resource for Teachers, 1 item.
1/16 Printed pages from the Library of Congress' web page about their collection of Ansel Adam's Manzanar War Relocation Center Photographs, December 23, 1998, 3 sheets.
1/17 Printed lists of photographs concerning Ansel Adams available from the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Online Catalog and related notes, January 19, 2000 to October 2, 2000 and undated, 10 sheets.
1/18 Printed pages from the Corbis website, November 9, 2000, 4 sheets.
1/19 Printed pages from the online catalog of the History Center at the San Francisco Public Library's Photograph Collection, January 16, 2002, 9 sheets.
1/20 Call slips from the Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs Division, October 3, 2000, 3 items.
1/21 Information and forms relating to reproducing images from the Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs Division, 8 items.
1/22 Forms and correspondence relating to reproducing images from the National Archives and Records Administration, October 17, 2000, 10 items.
1/23 List of Ansel Adams photographs in the holdings of the National Park Service, 15 sheets.
1/24 Forms relating to reproducing and publishing pictorial materials in the History Center at the San Francisco Public Library's Photograph Collection, 3 sheets.
1/25 Correspondence, March 11, 1999 to April 26, 2002 and undated, 11 items.
1/26 Correspondence regarding photographs and related photocopies from books, December 9, 2001, 27 sheets.
1/27 Handwritten and photocopied research notes, February 11, 2001 to January 11, 2002 and undated, 34 items.
1/28 List of possible titles, undated, 1 item.
1/29 Typescript pages, edited and annotated, November 2000, 22 sheets.
1/30 Typescript pages and related notes, edited and annotated, undated, 14 sheets.
1/31 Typescript pages, unedited, undated, 4 sheets.
1/32 Typescript pages, annotated, undated, 3 sheets.
1/33 Typescript pages, annotated, undated, 26 sheets.
1/34 Typescript pages, edited and annotated, undated, 50 sheets.
1/35 Typescript of introduction, edited and annotated, undated, 3 sheets.
1/36 Typescripts of chapter "Ansel Adams and the History of Photography", edited and annotated, undated, 11 sheets.
1/37 Typescripts of bibliography and notes, edited and annotated, undated, 16 sheets.
1/38 Typescript pages, edited and annotated, February 2, 2001, 16 sheets.
1/39 Typescript pages, edited and annotated, March 21, 2001, 11 sheets.
1/40 Typescript pages, edited and annotated, March 26, 12 sheets.
1/41 Typescript pages, annotated, April 20, 8 sheets.
2/1 Typescript, edited, May 3, 2001, 63 sheets.
2/2 Typescript entitled "Ansel Adams: In Search of Beauty", edited and annotated, November 14, 2001, 74 sheets.
2/3 Typescript entitled "Ansel Adams: In Search of Beauty", unedited, November 16, 2001, 96 sheets.
2/4 Typescript entitled "Ansel Adams: In Search of Beauty", annotated, undated, 83 sheets.
2/5 Typescript entitled "Ansel Adams: 'Ordinary Miracles' or 'Loose in the World'", unedited, undated, 63 sheets.
2/6 Typescript entitled "Ansel Adams: Ordinary Miracles", edited and annotated, undated, 30 sheets.
2/7 Typescript entitled "An Ordinary Miracle", edited and annotated, undated, 64 sheets.
2/8 Typescript entitled "Ansel Adams: In Focus", unedited, undated, 65 sheets.
2/9 Typescript entitled "Ansel Adams: In Focus", edited and annotated, undated, 64 sheets.
2/10 Photocopy of edited and annotated typescript, undated, 67 sheets.
2/11 Photocopy of copy-edited typescript, undated, 81 sheets.
2/12 List of photographs needed for book and estimate of additional costs for book, undated, 6 sheets.
2/13 Lists of illustrations and fine photographs to be used in book, edited, January 25, 2002, 5 sheets.
2/14 Mailing list for Beverly Gherman’s book signing on October 3, 2002 and related notes, July 26, 2002 and undated, 2 items.
2/15 Reviews and advertising, December 2002 to October 2003 and undated, 8 items.
The following item has been removed to the Arne Nixon Center’s collection of published works:
Ansel Adams: America’s Photographer by Beverly Gherman (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2002)
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