In which Maureen Daly supports my archival findings!

FOUND IT! (Which is to say: Daly’s archive didn’t lie about the early gendering of her fan letters):

“Daly recalls that in the first few years following publication, ‘All the mail was from boys, perhaps because of the attractive girl on the cover. Later, the girls started writing, too.'”

Thank you, now-obscure author interview from 1986!

To be clear, the archive suggests that girls *were* writing from the beginning, but I suspect that Daly remembered this version because the girls continued to write to her, whereas the boys stopped.

Source: Daly, Maureen, and Kimberly Olson Fakih. “The Long Wait for Maureen Daly.” Publishers Weekly 229.26 (June 27, 1986): 36-39.


Documents that Matter: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Integrated Bus Suggestions,” Dec. 19, 1956.

It’s MLK Day here in the US, so I thought I’d take a break from posting archival documents about female junior novels to highlight a very different archival document. This particular one is from the Inez Jessie Baskin Papers of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

The people over at have provided a helpful backstory (click the photo for a clickthrough link).

“Be loving enough to absorb evil and understanding enough to turn an enemy into a friend.”