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Mebane Holoman Burgwyn Papers

Identifier: MSS 0029

Scope and Contents

The Mebane Holoman Burgwyn Papers date from 1931 to 2004 and contain handwritten manuscripts, typescripts, layouts, proofs, illustrations, a photograph of Burgwyn, correspondence and clippings.


  • 1931 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Mebane Holoman Burgwyn (1914-1992) was an award-winning author of children's books. She was born in Rich Square, North Carolina; graduated from Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1935 with a bachelor's degree in primary education; and secured a master's degree in guidance and counseling from East Carolina University in 1961. Burgwyn lived with her family on a farm near Jackson, North Carolina, where she worked as Director of Guidance Services for Northampton County Schools. She was the author of seven books for young people, many of them about the experiences of farm life. She received the American Association of University Women award for the best juvenile book of the year in 1952 for Penny Rose and again in 1970 for The Crackajack Pony. Other books written by Burgwyn are: River Treasure, True Love for Jenny, Hunters' Hideaway, Lucky Michief and Moonflower.


2.67 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



Mebane Holoman Burgwyn (1914-1992) was a Woman's College (now UNCG) alumna and an award-winning author of children's books.

The Mebane Holoman Burgwyn Papers date from 1931 to 2004 and contain handwritten manuscripts, typescripts, layouts, proofs, illustrations, a photograph of Burgwyn, correspondence and clippings.

Arrangement Note

Manuscripts, typescripts, outlines and story illustrations comprising this collection are grouped by story title, with titles arranged alphabetically. Some biographical materials appear in the collection after the story materials.

Method of Acquisition

Gift by Mebane Burgwyn in May 1968, by her son Henry Burgwyn in June 1998, and by Mack and Clara Bell in November 2004.

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Processed by Archives Staff. Encoded by Jason Alston, September 2009.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
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Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US