Robert Burch papers

Robert Burch papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Burch, Robert Joseph, 1925-2007
Title: Robert Burch papers
Dates: 1959-1978
Quantity: 8.4 Linear feet (18 document boxes, 1 oversized box)
Coll. Number: ms1392

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Burch (1925-2007) was a notable children's author. He was born and spent the majority of his life in Fayette County, Georgia.

After graduating high school, Burch joined the Army and participated in the Pacific campaign during WWII. When he returned, he went to the University of Georgia and graduated in 1949. He traveled during the 1950s to Japan, as well as parts of Asia, Africa, and Europe. In the late 1950s, Burch moved to New York City and began writing. In 1963, he moved back to Georgia and began writing children's books.

He went on to publish 19 books, including “Queenie Peavy” "King Kong and other Poets" and “Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain.” Many of his stories are based on his experiences in rural Georgia during the Great Depression.

He was the recipient of four Georgia Children’s Book Awards and the W. Porter Kellam Lifetime Achievement Award.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Robert Burch from 1959-1978. The papers contain mainly typescript manuscripts, corrected typescripts, galleys, and reviews of his works. Also includes photographs, awards, printed material in which his works are mentioned, and some book illustrations.


Arranged by into five series by record type: Series 1. Manuscripts; Series 2. Biographical and Personal Files; Series 3. Awards; Series 4. Printed and Published Material; Series 5. Oversized Material. Note that for this collection folder numbers are consecutive across the entire collection.

Index Terms

Authors, American--Georgia.
Children's literature.
Manuscripts (documents)

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Burch papers. MS 1392. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Manuscripts

11Alan and Amanda-typescript
2DJ's Worst Enemy-corrected typescript
3DJ's Worst Enemy-working copy
4DJ's Worst Enemy-reviews
5DJ's Worst Enemy-Danish edition
6Doodle and the Go-Cart-corrected typescript
7Doodle and the Go-Cart-original typescript
8Doodle and the Go-Cart-proofs
9Doodle and the Go-Cart-reviews
210A Funny Place to Live-typescript
10AA Funny Place to Live-reviews
11A Funny Place to Live-Viking edition
12The Hunting Trip-typescript
13The Hunting Trip-second version
14The Hunting Trip-later version
15The Hunting Trip-dummy book
16The Hunting Trip-galleys
17The Hunting Trip-reviews
17AHut School-early chapters and synopsis
18Hut School-corrected typescript
19Hut School-carbon copy
20Hut School-final typescript
21Hut School-galleys
22Hut School-reviews
323Joey's Cat-typescript
24Joey's Cat-dummy with illustrations
25Joey's Cat-dummy without illustrations
26Joey's Cat-galleys
27Joey's Cat-reviews
28Joey's Cat-Viking edition
29The Jolly Witch-typescript as edited for Weekly Reader
30The Jolly Witch-typescript
31The Jolly Witch-galleys
32The Jolly Witch-reviews
33Queenie Peavy-"A Stone's Throw" typescript
34Queenie Peavy-original typescript
35Queenie Peavy-revised typescript
36Queenie Peavy-reviews
437Queenie Peavy-Danish edition
38Queenie Peavy-German edition
39Queenie Peavy-excerpt in First Splendor
40Queenie Peavy-excerpts in First Splendor (Second edition)
41Queenie Peavy-excerpts in Measure Me, Sky
42Queenie Peavy-excerpts in The New Open Highways
543Queenie Peavy-excerpt in Open Highways
44Queenie Peavy-excerpts in Stories to Teach and Delight
45Queenie Peavy-excerpts in Tightrope
46Queenie Peavy-excerpt in the World of Language Book 4
47Queenie Peavy-excerpt in the World of Language Book H
648Renfroe's Christmas-typescript
49Renfroe's Christmas-galleys
50Renfroe's Christmas-uncorrected page proofs
51Renfroe's Christmas-reviews
52Renfroe's-Viking edition
53Simon and the Game of Chance-original typescript
54Simon and the Game of Chance-typescript
55Simon and the Game of Chance-galleys
56Simon and the Game of Chance-reviews
57Simon and the Game of Chance-Viking edition
59Skinny-corrected typescript
60Skinny-British edition
61Skinny-German edition
62Skinny-excerpts in Arbuthnst Anthology
63Skinny-excerpts in Time for Stories
864The Travelling Bird-typescript
65The Travelling Bird-reviews
66Two That Were Tough-typescript November 1974
67Two That Were Tough-typescript
68Two That Were Tough-corrected typescript
69Two That Were Tough-final typescript
70Two That Were Tough-galleys
71Two That Were Tough-reviews
72Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-corrected typescript
73Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-galleys
74Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-reviews
75Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-publisher's dummy
76Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-excerpts in Brown is the back of a toad
977Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-excerpts in Much Majesty
78Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-excerpts in Much Majesty (Second edition)
79The Whiteman Kick-typescript
80The Whiteman Kick-galleys
81The Whiteman Kick-reviews
82Wilkin's Ghost-corrected typescript 5 August 1977
83Wilkin's Ghost-copy edited typescript
84Wilkin's Ghost-reviews
1085Magic Book-D.J.'S Worst Enemy
86Magic Book-Doodle and the Go-Cart
87Magic Book-Queenie Peavy
88Magic Book-Renfroe's Christmas
89Magic Bock-Simon and the Game of Chance
90Magic Book-Skinny
91Magic Book-Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee
92Magic Book-Promotionals
93Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee
94Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-promotionals
95Tyler, Wilkin, and Skee-articles
96Bandy and his Brother at the Beach-manuscript
97Critical Articles on Childrens Literature
99Miscellaneous Publications

Series 2: Biographical and Personal Files

11103Conferences and Meetings
104Conferences and Meetings
105Hornbook articles
106Children and Literature: Views and Reviews
108Photograph: Bread Loaf Writers/Conference with Robert Frost
109Filmstrip transparancies

Series 3: Awards

111Dixie Council of Authors, 1974
112Dixie Council of Authors, 1976
113Fayette County News Citizen of the Year
13114Georgia Children's Book Award, 1969
115Georgia Children's Book Award, 1971
14116Georgia Children's Book Award, 1974
117Hood Avenue School, 1973
118Viking Press T-shirt
15119Miscellaneous Printed: Viking Junior Books

Series 4: Published and Printed Material

16120Children's Books, New York Public Library exhibit
121Children's Digest
122GAESP Quarterly
124Junior Literary Guild
125McDowell, Obolensky, Inc., 1959
126School Library Journal
127Top of the News
128More Books by More People
129Something About the Author. Vol. I
181Childrens Literature Anthology: Many Voices, edited by Margaret Early et al, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, includes Burch story "Last Day of School", 1979
2Childrens Literature Anthology: Timeless Voyages, edited by Margaret Early et al, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, includes Burch story Queenie, 1979
3Childrens Literature Anthology: The New York Kid's Book: 170 Children's Writers and Artists Celebrate New York City, edited by Catharine Edmonds et al (includes Burch story "No Pets"), 1979
4Magazine: Woman's Day issue, including Burch story adaptation Renfroe and the Angel, December 18, 1979

Series 5: Oversized Material

17130Oversize: Illustrations by Fermin Rocker for Simon and the Game of Chance
131Oversize: Sketches by Fermin Rocker for Simon and the Game of Chance
132Oversize: Queenie Peavy record album
133Oversize: Award-Child Study Association of America
134Oversize: Award-Claremont Reading Conference
135Oversize: Award-Georgia Writers Association