PCL MS 097 Evans G. Valens Collection
|Title||PCL MS 097 Evans G. Valens Collection|
|Creator||Valens, Evans G.|
The Evans G. Valens Collection consists of approximately 10 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by Evans G. Valens in 1982. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist. The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.
|Biographical Sketch||Evans G. Valens (1920-1992) was a native of State College, Pennsylvania and an author primarily of science and semi-fictional works. He earned a Purple Heart as a war correspondent in Okinawa, Japan in 1945. He served as a writer, producer and director for NBC, WQED, National Educational Television, and Johns Hopkins University. Valens went on to write several books on science topics for children as well as adults. |
Evans Valens is perhaps best known as the author of A Long Way Up: The Story of Jill Kinmont (1966) tracing the life of a downhill skier after an accident that left her a quadraplegic. The book was retitled The Other Side of the Mountain in 1975 and adapted into a movie starring Marilyn Hassett and Beau Bridges. The success of the film caused Valens to write The Other Side of the Mountain, Part II, which was also made into a film.
|Scope and Content||The collection includes manuscripts, research materials, illustrations, and materials from all stages of the writing process. |
Of particular interest to researchers may be materials relating to Evans G. Valens' book A Long Way Up, which was retitled The Other Side of the Mountain in 1975 and adapted into a popular film. The collection includes extensive interview transcripts from the author's discussions with Jill Kinmont, as well as others, along with research materials, multiple drafts including a first draft, galley copies and news clippings.
Other books by Valens represented in the manuscript collection include The Number of Things, The Attractive Universe, Cybernaut, People-Reading, Viruses and the Nature of Life, and Elements of the Universe.
|Inventory||An inventory for this collection is in process.|