Guide to the Rebecca Caudill Papers, 1955 - 1962

Summary Information

Title: Rebecca Caudill Papers, 1955 - 1962
Collection: AC.129
Extent: 0.03 linear feet (3 folders)
Abstract:

The Rebecca Caudill Papers consists of the second through the sixth and final draft of Higgins and the Great Big Scare by children's author Rebecca Caudill. Higgins and the Great Big Scare was published in 1960.

Creator: Caudill, Rebecca

Biographical/Historical Note

Rebecca Caudill (1899-1985), also known as Rebecca Ayars, was the author of twenty-four books. She was born in Harlan County, Kentucky. Caudill worked as a teacher in Rio de Janeiro and an editor of a girls' magazine. She and her husband, James Ayars lived in Urbana, Illinois. Her "Bonnie Books" about the Fairchild family include Happy Little Family (1947), Schoolhouse in the Woods (1949), Up and Down the River (1951), and Schoolroom in the Parlor (1959). Other books include Barrie and Daughter (1943), Tree of Freedom (1947), Saturday Cousins (1953), Florence Nightingale (1953), The House of the Fifers (1954), Susan Cornish (1955), Time for Lissa (1959), Higgins and the Great Big Scare (1960), The Best-loved Doll (1962), The Far-Off Land (1964), Pocketful of Cricket (1964), The High Cost of Writing (1965), A Certain Small Shepherd (1965), Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley? (1966), My Appalachia, a Reminiscence (1966), Come Along! (1969), Someone Go and Bang a Drum (1974), Wind, Sand and Sky (1976), From Hardshell Baptist to Quaker (1979). In 1969, she co-wrote Contrary Jenkins with her husband. Her books have been translated into five languages. In the fall of 1963, the University of Kentucky, Southeast Center honor her with Rebecca Caudill Day. Harlan County's first community library was named in her honor in 1965.

Scope and Contents

This collection is organized into three series: Correspondence Series, Notes Series, and Manuscript Series. The Manuscript Series contains four drafts of Higgins and the Great Big Scare. All drafts are typescripts. The Correspondence Series consists of Caudill's correspondence to William Eury regarding her manuscript donation. The Notes Series contains four documents which include brainstorming and outlines of Caudill's Higgins and the Great Big Scare.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Acquisitions Information

Rebecca Caudill Ayars donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in 1961. The accession number was MRC. This collection was opened to the public on 23 July 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, May 2005

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.129: Rebecca Caudill Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series Description: The Rebecca Caudill Papers consists of the second through the sixth and final draft of Higgins and the Great Big Scare by children's author Rebecca Caudill. Higgins and the Great Big Scare was published in 1960.

Correspondence Series, 1955-1962
 Correspondence (two sheets) Folder 1
Notes Series, undated
 Notes (four sheets) Folder 1
Manuscript Series, undated
 Second Draft - Third Draft Folder 2
 Third Draft (cont'd) - Fourth Draft Folder 3
 Fifth Draft - Final Draft Folder 4