Milton Meltzer papers, 1955-1973  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Meltzer, Milton, 1915-2009
Milton Meltzer papers
1955-1973 (inclusive)
17 linear feet, (12 containers)  :  11 record storage boxes, 1 manuscript box
Collection Number
Ax 533
Milton Meltzer (May 8, 1915- ) held many positions in his life, varying from working in public relations to lecturing and working as a full-time writer. Collection comprises primarily literary manuscripts and correspondence related to Milton Meltzer's work as an author and editor of books for children and young people on American history, particularly African American history.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Milton Meltzer (May 8, 1915- ) 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.

During his career Meltzer held positions in public relations for the staff of Henry A. Wallace for President, and Pfizer. He was also 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 was also a writer for 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 also a full time writer of books. Meltzer was an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a lecturer at universities in the United States and England, as well as 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 several manuscripts and correspondence reflecting Meltzer's writing career. For several of the manuscripts the correspondence for a particular work is included in the collection of folders holding a particular manuscript. There is a separate series for correspondence that does not pertain to a particular work.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African Americans
  • African Americans--History--Juvenile literature
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship

Personal Names

  • Rapoport, Bernard, 1917-2012

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence