Archives Collection Spotlight

Matt Christopher in his Freeville Baseball Club Uniform- 1938
Matt Christopher at his Writing Desk- 1974

MATT CHRISTOPHER PAPERS, 1847-2007 (Accession 1092)

Matt Christopher (1917-1997) was a prolific author of children’s books having written over 100 books as well as over 300 short stories and articles. Matt was gifted athletically and excelled in every sport as a young man and this love of sports steered him toward sports as the major theme in most of his writings. He even played professional baseball with the Smith Falls Beavers of Ontario, Canada, an affiliate of the Class C Can-Am League in 1937. Matt was the author of several mystery novels, action and adventures, as well as the “Chuck White” comic strip adventure series in Treasure Chest magazine. He also wrote screenplays geared to toward a grownup audience and even dabbled in poetry.

The Matt Christopher Papers consists of published manuscripts, published short stories (1943-1994) (drafts, synopses, plot outlines, and magazines, comics, and newspapers with articles and short stories), galleys (1954-1990’s), leather bound author’s editions (1954-1991), and publisher’s editions of Matt Christopher’s children’s books (1954-2004). The collection contains many unpublished manuscripts and drafts outside the children’s book field (1954-1997), unpublished poems (1938-1993), unpub. screenplays (1940-1997), and unpub. short stories (1954-1997). Also included are taped (audio and video) interviews of Matt Christopher (1917-1997), as well as, puzzles for children (1988-1992), research materials and notes (1954-1997), sports rule-books (1954-1995), and writing guides (1909-1995), personal (1949-1997) and business correspondence (1952-2002), contract agreements (1952-1993), royalty statements (1954-1999), and biographical information (1917-2004), memorabilia (personalized baseball bat, framed pictures and award certificates, etc.), fan mail (1964-1999) and personal book collection (1847-1995) (some signed by authors).

For more information please see the list of manuscript collection finding aids or contact the Archives


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