Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 11 Jan 2010
|24 Nov 2020||processed (NR)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Green, Norma Kidd.|
|Title:||Norma Kidd Green Papers|
|Dates:||1844-2016 (bulk: 1950-1980)|
|Quantity:||4 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Collection includes correspondence and writings of the American author, including Iron Eye's Family and A Forgotten Chapter in American Education, as well as her childhood books and books by early American educator Jane Andrews.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Norma Kidd Green (1893-1975) was an American author.
A graduate of Beatrice High School in 1911 and the University of Nebraska in 1915, Green was an accomplished writer. Among her publications are a biography of early American educator Jane Andrews and Iron Eye's Family, about the children of Omaha chief Iron Eye (Joseph LaFlesche). Kidd married Roy Melvin Green in 1919 and had four children: Mary Elizabeth (Betty), Nancy Josephine (Nan), William Earl (Bill) and Thomas Franklin (Tom).
Green was deeply interested in the education of women, the lives of Native Americans, and in promoting the habits of life-long learning. She is well known for her Biography by Books in which she set out to portray her own life as a narrative informed by books, particularly those works that were important in her childhood; many of these books are included in the collection. In 1952, Green gave a copy of her story to each of her three living children, and it has since been revised and passed down along the "Green-Genes." This book provides a narrative of Norma Green's life, including the death of her son Bill in World War II and her focus on foreign affairs, activism, and her renewed efforts on becoming a teacher.
The Norma Kidd Green Papers consist of correspondence, memorabilia, printed materials, and writings.
Correspondence contains incoming and outgoing correspondence with the American Foundation for the Blind, Nebraska City School for the Blind, and the Nebraska State Historical Society.
Memorabilia includes diaries, journals, photographs, scrapbooks and other items. Of interest is Green's commencement program from Beatrice High School.
Printed materials is subdivided into writings by Green, by others, and by unknown authors. The majority of these are books that were important in Green's childhood, which she describes in her Biography by Books. While some of the books predate Green's lifetime, these are books that have been passed down through her family and are relevant to her work and character.
Writings comprises typed and handwritten manuscripts of various articles, essays, etc written by Green. Of special interest are three editions of her Biography by Books, research for her book Iron Eye's Family, and manuscripts for a history of the Young Women's Christian Association of the University of Nebraska, Green's alma mater.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Memorabilia is sorted first alphabetically by type or topic. then chronologically. Printed materials are subdivided into writings by Green, by others, and by unknown authors. Within these sections, items are sorted alphabetically by author and title. Writings are sorted alphabetically by title.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Additional Norma Kidd Green material is available at the Nebraska State Historical Society, including the LaFlesche Family Papers collected by Green. See also the Norma Kidd Green Papers at the Smith College Special Collections.
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
Andrews, Jane, 1833-1887.
Arnold, Sarah Louise, 1859-1943.
Gilbert, Charles B. (Charles Benajah), 1855-1913.
Green, Norma Kidd.
LaFlesche, Joseph, 1822-1889.
American Foundation for the Blind.
Nebraska State Historical Society.
Children's literature -- 19th century.
Children's literature, American -- Bio-bibliography.
Women authors, American.
Genres and Forms
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Norma Kidd Green Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Thomas F. Green, 2000.
|Box 1||American Foundation for the Blind undated|
|Box 1||Nebraska City School for the Blind 1940|
|Box 1||Nebraska State Historical Society 1976|
|Box 1||Opocensky, Virginia 2016|
|Box 1||Town Journal 1956 - includes typescript of article submitted by Green|
|Box 1||Beatrice High School Commencement Program 1911|
|Box 1||BIOG.NKG.WPD - most likely Green's biography; WordPerfect format (files not viewed) (Floppy disk: 3 1/2 inch) (ID#: green_nk_001)|
|Box 1||Clippings 1941, 1958|
|Box 1||"Cuttings from Diaries of Norma Kidd (Green)" - handwritten excerpts from from 1911-1971|
|Box 1||Funeral guest book, Norma Kidd Green 1975|
|Box 1||Funeral guest book, Roy M. Green 1976 - includes program from memorial service|
|Box 1||Guest book 1927-1952|
|Box 1||Journals 1957-1959 (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Journal undated - scattered notes, many blank pages|
|Oversize 1||Photograph album undated - candid shots of cabin in woods, people|
|Box 2||Photographs 1942, 1961, undated - includes clipping of article by Green, which uses one of the photos|
|Box 2||"Reading Record" 1957-1968|
|Box 2||Scrapbooks undated - clippings, notes, copies of quotes and poems, etc. (2 volumes)|
|Box 2||Articles, miscellaneous 1930-1931, 1942, 1955, 1957|
|See also Writings: Articles, miscellaneous below.|
|Box 2||A Forgotten Chapter in American Education: Jane Andrews of Newburyport 1961 - signed and inscribed to Rose Riddell|
|Box 2||Books And You 1956|
|Box 4||Alcott, Louisa M. Eight Cousins or, the Aunt Hill 1895|
|Box 4||Alcott, Louisa M. Rose in Bloom 1886|
|Box 4||Andrews, Jane Each and All :The Seven Little Sisters Prove their Sisterhood 1905|
|Box 4||Andrews, Jane Geographical Plays 1880|
|Box 4||Andrews, Jane The Rational Spelling Book undated|
|Box 4||Andrews, Jane Seven Little Sisters 1895|
|Box 4||Andrews, Jane The Stories of My Four Friends 1900|
|Box 4||Andrews, Jane The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children 1895|
|Box 4||Andrews, Jane Ten Boys Who Lived on the Road from long ago to now 1885|
|Box 4||Arnold, Sarah Louise and Gilbert, Charles B. Stepping Stones to Literature: A First Reader 1902|
|Box 4||Arnold, Sarah Louise and Gilbert, Charles B. Stepping Stones to Literature: A Second Reader 1902|
|Box 4||Arnold, Sarah Louise and Gilbert, Charles B. Stepping Stones to Literature: A Third Reader 1897|
|Box 4||Arnold, Sarah Louise and Gilbert, Charles B. Stepping Stones to Literature: A Reader for Sixth Grades 1897|
|Box 5||Arnold, Sarah Louise and Gilbert, Charles B. Stepping Stones to Literature: A Reader for Seventh Grades 1898|
|Box 5||Arnold, Sarah Louise and Gilbert, Charles B. Stepping Stones to Literature: A Reader for Higher Grades 1898|
|Box 5||Crabtree, J. W. The Roll of Honor Word Book undated|
|Box 5||Goddard, Julia Fairy Tales in Other Lands 1892|
|No author or unknown|
|Box 4||Jingles and Chimes undated|
|Box 4||Picture Lessons in English Part 1 undated|
|Box 4||Tip Toe Days 1893|
|Box 4||The Twentieth Century New Testament undated|
|Box 4||The Youth's Keepsake 1844|
|Box 2||Articles, miscellaneous - typescript, some with corrections, some annotated with publication date and venue|
|Biography By Books|
|Box 2||First edition 1952 - typescript|
|Box 2||Second edition 1977 - typescript|
|Box 2||Third edition 2000 - typescript, multiple copies; a few pages of handwritten notes|
|Box 3||Typescript, third edition 2000 - typescript, multiple copies, one in red cover|
|Box 3||Typescript of addendum, "Tuesday Morning Study Club" 2000|
|The First Seventy-Five Years of the Young Women's Christian Association of the University of Nebraska|
|Box 3||"Good Copy" 1915 - typescript|
|Box 3||"Irregular Copy" 1915 - typescript with handwritten notes|
|Iron Eye's Family: the Children of Joseph LaFlesche|
|Box 3||Clippings 1961, 1981|
|Box 3||Research notes undated|
|Box 3||Writings 1961-1975|
|Box 3||Notes, miscellaneous undated|
|Box 3||Poetry undated - handwritten scraps|
|Box 3||Toast. Mother-Daughter Banquet undated - includes handwritten notes|
|Box 3||Unknown undated - copies of poems; typescript fragment|