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Guide to the John M. Duncan Papers, 1956-1966

Collection number: MC 26

Size: 6 boxes (2.0 cu.ft.)

About John M. Duncan

John M. Duncan was born in Gardner, Massachusetts in 1902. After spending his youth in Corning, New York and Philadelphia, he attended the University of Oklahoma and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Education. He was a Staff Sergeant in World War II and following his discharge he married a librarian, Lillian Perkins (“Perks”), who worked at the University of New Hampshire, and they lived in Madbury, N.H. He was employed by the Office of the Division of Employment Security in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and began writing in 1948. He published his first novel in 1956. He died in 1976.

About the John M. Duncan Papers

The collection consists of various manuscripts and proofs of Duncan’s two novels for young readers, Down the Mast Road (1956) and Twelve Days ‘Til Trenton (1958), as well as some unpublished manuscripts. Also included are book reviews and memorabilia.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John M. Duncan Papers, 1956-1966, MC 26, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated:

  • John M. Duncan, June 29, 1976 (Accession #: 108)
  • Lillian Duncan, August 1, 1977 (Accession #: 774)
  • Richard Merritt, June 11, 1984 (Accession #: 8379)

Collection Contents

Series I: Down the Mast Road,

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Partial manuscript, then untitled
Box 1, Folder 2 Typescript of various segments of manuscript, The Mast Pine: December 1775
Box 1, Folder 3 Typescript of various segments of manuscript, The Mast Pine: December 1775, different draft from above. Pages 22-102, chapters IV-XVI
Box 1, Folder 4 Typescript of various segments of manuscript, The Mast Pine: December 1775. Pages 103-151, chapters XVII-XXIV
Box 1, Folder 5 Typescript of various segments of manuscript, The Mast Pine: December 1775. Pages 152-197 and 6 additional pages, chapters XXV-XXVI
Box 1, Folder 6 Author’s typescript of Down The Mast Road, chapters 1-8
Box 1, Folder 7 Author’s typescript of Down The Mast Road, chapters 9-18
Box 1, Folder 8 Author’s typescript of Down The Mast Road, chapters 19-28
Box 1, Folder 9 Author’s typescript of Down The Mast Road, chapters 29-end
Box 1, Folder 10 Carbon copy of author’s typescript, chapters 1-7
Box 1, Folder 11 Carbon copy of author’s typescript, chapters 8-16
Box 1, Folder 12 Carbon copy of author’s typescript, chapters 17-25
Box 1, Folder 13 Carbon copy of author’s typescript, chapters 26-end
Box 1, Folder 14 Publisher’s proof of Down The Mast Road, chapters 1-6
Box 1, Folder 15 Publisher’s proof, chapters 7-15
Box 1, Folder 16 Publisher’s proof, chapters 16-25
Box 1, Folder 17 Publisher’s proof, chapters 26-end
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Galley proof of Down The Mast Road, February 15, 1956
Box 2, Folder 2 Galley proof, March 7, 1956
Box 2, Folder 3 Galley proof, undated
Box 2, Folder 4 Page proofs
Box 2, Folder 5 Dummy, pp.1-80
Box 2, Folder 6 Dummy, pp.81-191
Box 2, Folder 7 Unbound copy of finished book, pp. 9-96
Box 2, Folder 8 Unbound copy of finished book, pp. 97-191

Series II: Twelve Days ‘Til Trenton

Box 2, Folder 9 Holograph draft of manuscript of Twelve Days ‘Til Trenton
Box 2, Folder 10 Typescript, first draft
Box 2, Folder 11 Typescript, second draft, chapters 1-16
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Typescript of Twelve Days ‘Til Trenton, second draft, chapters 17-end
Box 3, Folder 2 Typescript, third draft, chapters 1-16
Box 3, Folder 3 Typescript, third draft, chapters 17-end
Box 3, Folder 4 Typescript, fourth draft, chapters 1-8
Box 3, Folder 5 Typescript, fourth draft, chapters 9-16
Box 3, Folder 6 Typescript, fourth draft, chapters 17-end
Box 3, Folder 7 Typescript, copy of fourth draft, chapters 1-8
Box 3, Folder 8 Typescript, copy of fourth draft, chapters 9-16
Box 3, Folder 9 Typescript, copy of fourth draft, chapters 17-end
Box 3, Folder 10 Typescript, blueline proof, chapters 1-14
Box 3, Folder 11 Typescript, blueline proof, chapters 15-end
Box 3, Folder 12 Galley proof, October 10, 1957
Box 3, Folder 13 Galley proof, November 11, 1957
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Galley proof of Twelve Days ‘Til Trenton, undated
Box 4, Folder 2 Page proof
Box 4, Folder 3 Dummy

Series III: Short Stories and Other Works

Box 4, Folder 4 Holograph manuscript of untitled story
Box 4, Folder 5 Holograph manuscript of one-act play in draft form, “In Answer to Your Question.”
Box 4, Folder 6 Typescript of unpublished story, “Lars, the Uphill Skier” and letter from Eleanor Nichols, McGraw-Hill, July 29, 1960
Box 4, Folder 7 Typescript draft of “Lars, the Uphill Skier.”

Series IV: Miscellaneous

Box 4, Folder 8 Index cards of works consulted by John M. Duncan for both books
Box 4, Folder 9 Whittlesey House Books For Young People catalog, 1956
Box 4, Folder 10 Book reviews: Saturday Review, Horn Book Magazine, Chicago Schools Journal, Books For the Teen Age, NYPL, Scoop, Durham Resident Advertiser and a letter from a young reader
Box 4, Folder 11 Autograph note from Elizabeth Yates, signed (Found in Gifts of True Love)
Box 5
Two scrapbooks, one for Down The Mast Road and the other for Twelve Days ‘Til Trenton containing letters and postcards from readers, book reviews, jacket covers, etc.

Series V: Oversize Materials

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Item 1 “A Norrible Espeerience” – hand drawn cartoon of child fishing
Oversize Box 1, Item 2 5 x7″ b and w photograph of John M. Duncan sitting at table in Dover NH Library
Oversize Box 1, Item 3 5 x7″ b and w photograph of book cover for Down The Mast Road”
Oversize Box 1, Item 4 5 x7″ b and w photograph of book cover for Twelve Days ‘Til Trenton
Oversize Box 1, Item 5 Pen and ink drawing by Paul Goldoni for the cover of Down the Mast Road
Oversize Box 1, Item 6 Pen and ink drawing (by Don Duncan?). A cartoon of cats playing on stairs and a woman being stopped with “Excuse me! But those stairs don’t go anywhere. They were put there just for the cats to play on.”
Oversize Box 1, Item 7 Promotional poster for Down the Mast Road with photograph of John M. Duncan
Oversize Box 1, Item 8 20 x 16 photograph of Duncan mounted on board
Oversize Box 1, Item 9 Map of Lee, New Hampshire with inscription: “To John M. Duncan in Appreciation from the citizens of Lee – Bicentennial 1966.”
Map Drawer A6
Item 1 N.H. writers map drawn by Don Duncan
Item 2 Mock-up for above drawn by Don Duncan
Item 3 Baseball chart (52 x 102 cm.) drawn by Don Duncan, 1941
Item 4 Another, different baseball chart (52 x 102 cm.) drawn by Don Duncan, 1941

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