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Papers of Will Hobbs

 Collection
Identifier: MWJH

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Will Hobbs consists of documents dated 1980 to 2012, with the bulk falling from 1988-1997. The collection consists of manuscripts and ephemera for four titles, Beardance, Bearstone, Downriver, and River Thunder, as well as ephemera for Beardream. Ephemera consists primarily of book reviews and lists of awards received, and may also include correspondence with publishers/editors and background research. All of the manuscripts have notes by Hobbs helping to identify the draft; he also created a list of the ephemera for each title, which has been copied and placed in the front of each file. The collection also includes a poster of Colorado children's and young adult authors, created by the Colorado State Library.

Dates

  • 1980-2012
  • Majority of material found in 1988-1997

Creator

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

Biography

Will Hobbs is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, focusing on outdoor adventures. He has currently published 19 books for middle-school aged and young adult readers as well as two picture books.

Will Hobbs was born on August 22, 1947, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third of five children. His father was in the Air Force which forced frequent moves; during his childhood the family lived in Pennsylvania, Panama, Virginia, Alaska, northern California, southern California, and Texas. After graduating from Stanford University with a Master of Arts in English, Hobbs taught reading and language arts for 17 years. Will Hobbs has been a full-time writer since 1990 and resides in Durango, Colorado, with his wife Jean. Much of the inspiration for Hobbs' books come from his own adventures in the wilderness.

His published works include 19 novels for young adult readers: Changes in Latitudes (1988), Bearstone (1989), Downriver (1991), The Big Wander (1992), Beardance (1993), Kokopelli's Flute (1995), Far North (1996), Ghost Canoe (1997), River Thunder (1997), The Maze (1998), Jason's Gold (1999), Down the Yukon (2001), Wild Man Island (2002), Jackie's Wild Seattle (2003), Leaving Protection (2004), Crossing The Wire (2006), Go Big or Go Home (2008), Take Me to the River (2011), and Never Say Die (2013), and two picture books Beardream (1997) and Howling Hill (1998), both illustrated by Jill Kastner.

Hobbs' books have won many awards, including Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, the California Young Reader Medal, the Western Writers of America Spur Award, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, the Colorado Book Award, the Southwest Book Award, the Heartland Award, and nominations to state award lists in over thirty states.

Extent

1.5 linear feet (3 document cases, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Will Hobbs is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, focusing on outdoor adventures. The collection contains manuscripts and ephemera for four titles, Beardance, Bearstone, Downriver, and River Thunder, as well as ephemera for Beardream.

Arrangement

The collection consists of 1 series in 3 document cases and 1 oversize folder:

Series 1: Manuscripts and ephemera, 1980-2012 and undated

Acquisition

The Papers of Will Hobbs was donated by Will Hobbs, December 11, 2013.

Related Collections

Published and autographed books are part of the Will Hobbs Book Collection, available through Archives and Special Collections. The Water Resources Archive holds the Papers of Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. Gregory Hobbs is the brother of Will Hobbs, and a Colorado Supreme Court Justice and expert on Colorado water law.

The Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota also holds a collection of Will Hobbs' manuscripts.

Separated Collections

Published books donated as part of the collection were cataloged and removed to Special Collections.

Processing

Processing was completed in May 2014. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Paper clips and rubber bands were removed.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Papers of Will Hobbs
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Date
Copyright 2014
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
970-491-1844