Milton Meltzer papers, 1963-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Meltzer, Milton, 1915-2009
Milton Meltzer papers
1963-1980 (inclusive)
21.0 linear feet, (21 containers, 1 package)
Collection Number
Coll 025
Milton Meltzer (1915-2009) worked in public relations, was a professor, an editor, and an author of Jewish, African-American, and American history as well as children's and young adult books. The collection contains literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and published volumes.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Additional Reference Guides

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Milton Meltzer (1915-2009) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts to Benjamin and Mary (Richter) Meltzer. He wed Hilda Balinky on June 22, 1941 and they had two daughters.

Meltzer received his education at Columbia University from 1932-1936. He was a member of the Author’s Guild, Author’s League of America, PEN, and Organization of American Historians.

Meltzer became an author and historian, writing nonfiction books on Jewish, African-American and American history. He also wrote children's and young adult books.

During his career Meltzer also held many other positions. He worked on public relations for the staff of Henry A. Wallace for President, and Pfizer. He was an editor for Science and Medicine Publishing Co. Inc., and a consulting editor for Thomas Y. Crowell Co., Doubleday and Co. Inc., and Scholastic Book Services. Meltzer also wrote for the Federal Theater Project of the Works Project Administration and Columbia Broadcasting Inc. Meltzer was also an account executive for the Medical and Pharmaceutical Information Bureau. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a lecturer at universities in the United States and England and at professional meetings and seminars. Meltzer also wrote films and filmstrips. He served in the air force branch of the military and became a sergeant.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and published volumes.

Manuscripts are alphabetically organized by title. Files may include related correspondence, drafts, edited versions, notes, and research material. Titles include The Chinese Americans, The Human Rights Book, Violins and Shovels: The WPA Arts Project, and multiple titles regarding Jewish history. Galley proofs for two Jewish histories are housed separately because of their size. Two published works of Melter's are available.

There is also a section of manuscripts written for the edited series' "Women in America" and "Zenith Culture Series." The files include correspondence, drafts, and miscellaneous papers.

The 1985 addendum contains manuscript material for four titles.

The 1986 addendum contains manuscript and research material, photographs, and printed material.

The 1989 addendum contains manuscripts material including holograph and typed drafts, galleys, dummies, and related correspondence with editors/publishers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Milton Meltzer papers, Coll 025, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Editors--United States
  • Historians--United States
  • Periodical editors--United States
  • United States--Historiography
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship
  • Personal Names :
  • Meltzer, Milton, 1915-2009
  • Meltzer, Milton, 1915-2009--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Works Projects Administration.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication