• Call Number: COTSEN2_c10
    Container: Box 1, Folder 3

Letter from Margaret K. McElderry to P. L. Travers

4.0 pages

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Collection Creator: Shepard, Mary, 1909-2000 and Travers, P. L., (Pamela Lyndon), 1899-1996.

Dates: 1980 December 9.

Located In: Box 1, Folder 3

Extent: 4.0 pages

Dimensions: page 1: 21.4 x 28 cm; page 2 and 3: 21.6 x 27.9 cm; page 4: 13.8 x 17.8 cm

Physical Description:

Four pages. Page 1: typewritten on Atheneum Publishers letterhead stationery; pages 2 and 3: typewritten on unmarked stationery; page 4: handwritten on smaller paper.

Languages: English.

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December 9, 1980; from Margaret K. McElderry, New York, to P. L. Travers, London. Margaret K. McElderry, Director of Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Atheneum Publishers, writes to P. L. Travers discussing the San Francisco Public Library's decision to ban Mary Poppins from its shelves. Refers to an article in the Christian Science Monitor (item 2 above) about the issue. McElderry advises Travers on revisions Travers has proposed to Mary Poppins, intended to "remove all possibility of offense to any minority group". Includes a handwritten postscript (page 4) criticizing illustrations in a recent edition of Two Pairs of Shoes by Travers.

Preferred Citation

Letter from Margaret K. McElderry to P. L. Travers; 1980 December 9; Mary Shepard and P. L. Travers Archive, Box 1, Folder 3; , Princeton University Library.

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