Marian T. Place Papers, 1951-1963

Overview of the Collection

Place, Marian T. (Marian Templeton), 1910-
Marian T. Place Papers
1 linear foot
Collection Number
Collection 0095, MtBC, us (collection)
The Marian T. Place Papers comprise the rough drafts, gallery proofs, and book cover[s] relating to Place's work, as well as her alternate pen names Dale White and R. D. Whitinger. Also included minimal correspondence, clippings, and photographic images of awards.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
Telephone: 4069944242
Fax: 4069942851
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Marian T. (Templeton) Place (1910-2006) was born on October 14, 1910, in Gary, Indiana. She was the daughter of Clarence R. and Lillian R. (Farrell) Templeton and married Howard Thirloway Place in 1936. She wrote some forty children's books in addition to assorted magazine articles for Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Many of Place's books encompassed the American West (or historical fact); however, towards the end of her career she also delved into the area of thrillers. Place received multiple awards for her writings. Under the pseudonym Dale White, Place received the Spur Award twice from the Western Writers of America. The first time she received this award was for Steamboat up the Missouri in 1958 and the second was for Hold Back the Hunter in 1959. Place was also awarded the Mark Twain Award for The Boy Who Saw Bigfoot in 1982. She died in Arizona in 2006.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The materials in this collection comprise the rough drafts, gallery proofs, and book cover[s] relating to Place's work. It also includes minimal correspondence, clippings, and photographic images of awards that she received for two of her stories. The material demonstrates Place's creative process as a writer (editing, writing, various draft forms), her interaction with publishing companies (e.g. galley proofs), as well as acknowledgment of her writing efforts. The collection exemplifies her diversity in pen names as well; these range from her known pen name (Dale White), as well as her alternate pen name, R. D. Whitinger. Arrangement of the files is alphabetic, with the exception of the correspondence which has been chronologically arranged.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Series 1 Manuscript drafts

Series 2 Correspondence and clippings

Series 3 Photographs

Series 4 Galleys and dust jackets

Acquisition Information

Literary manuscripts, galleys, and other papers created by Marian T. Place were donated to Special Collections by her in 1964.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2009 August 24

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Manuscript draftsReturn to Top

Series one comprises Place's draft copies of selected book manuscripts. The drafts have some evidential value in demonstrating her writing and editing process. The manuscript drafts also represent Place's use of various pseudonyms. The drafts have been arranged in alphabetical order by title of the work.

Container(s) Description
Buckskins and Buffalo: The Story of the Yellowstone River
Copper Kings of Montana
Fast Draw Tilghman
Hold Back the Hunter
John Wesley Powell: Canyon's Conqueror
John Wesley Powell: Geologist-Explorer
Lotta Crabtree, Gold Rush Girl
Our Earth: Geology and Geologists
Steamboat up the Missouri
Tall Timber Pilots
Tall Timber Pilots

Series 2:  Correspondence and clippingsReturn to Top

Series two includes clippings discussing Place's assorted publishing achievements and some of her correspondence relating to her manuscripts.

Container(s) Description Dates

Series 3:  PhotographsReturn to Top

Images of Place's Spur Awards for Steamboat up the Missouri and Hold Back the Hunter.

Container(s) Description
Photographs #1-2

Series 4:  Galleys and dust jacketsReturn to Top

Three of Place's manuscript drafts in pre-publication form. All bear some editing marks, either done by Place herself or her editors.

Container(s) Description
Copper Kings of Montana
Our Earth: Geology and Geologists
Tall Timber Pilots

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Authors and publishers
  • Authors, American-20th century-Archives
  • Children's literature, American-West (U.S.)
  • Women authors, American

Personal Names

  • Place, Marian T.-(Marian Templeton),-1910- 2006-Archives

Geographical Names

  • West (U.S.)-Juvenile literature

Form or Genre Terms

  • Galley proofs
  • Manuscripts for publication

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • White, Dale,-1910-2006 (creator)
    • Whitinger, R. D.,-1910-2006 (creator)