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Alice Alison Lide and Margaret Alison Johansen papers

Identifier: W-0058

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence related to the books of Alabama authors Alice Alison Lide and Margaret Alison Johansen. The bulk of the correspondence is dated from 1938 to 1959 and primarily consists of letters, contracts, and receipts from publishers. The letters reference a number of Lide and Johansen's books, includingHawk of Hawk Clan,Booker and the Magic Marks,Glory Road: Life of Booker T. Washington,The Wooden Locket, andSea Gold. The collection also contains research notes, including a church registry of St. Paul's Parish in Carlowville, Alabama, and correspondence concerning Reverend Francis Robert Goulding, a Georgian who invented an early sewing machine.

The collection also includes several typescripts and galley proofs of the sisters' novels and short story collections. Manuscripts holdings include the novels The Wooden Locket, and The Outsider. A collection of short biographies of Booker T. Washington published under the titles "The Magic Marks," "Little Booker Washington," " Call to Glory," and "Parade for a President" is also included. Galley proofs of Alice Lide's solo 1941 novel Johnny of the 4-H Club completes the collection. Of possible interest to researchers is the inclusion of typescript copies of the sisters' correspondence detailing their creative process as they were writing The Wooden Locket.


  • 1917-1959


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Biographical / Historical

Sisters Alice Alison Lide and Margaret Alison Johansen were authors of children's books from Dallas County, Alabama. The daughters of Joseph Dill Alison and Annie Hearst Alison, Alice was born on February 8, 1890, and Margaret was born on November 7, 1896.

Lide and Johansen co-authored several books and short stories, including The Wooden Locket, Booker and the Magic Marks, and Ood-le-uk the Wanderer. Their book Ood-le-uk the Wanderer was named a Newbery Honor Book by the American Library Association in 1931. In addition to books published under their real names, the sisters also wrote a series of boy's adventure novels under the pen name Hugh McAlister.

Alice Alison Lide attended Converse College and Columbia University. She married Thomas Evan Lide. She died on November 21, 1955.

Margaret Alison Johansen attended Converse College, The University of Alabama, and Columbia University. On May 1, 1923, she married Carl Christian Johansen. She died on December 28, 1959.

Sources: Alabama Authors Database.

List of Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present. American Library Association.


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Correspondence, research notes, typescripts, and galley proofs of sisters and Alabama authors Alice Alison Lide and Margaret Allison Johnson.

Physical Location

A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama


Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010


Title on box spines: Papers of Alice Alison Lide and Margaret Alison Johansen, and Manuscripts for Four Books: The Outsider, Glory Road, The Magic Marks, The Wooden Locket

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Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013
Guide to Alice Alison Lide and Margaret Alison Johansen papers
August 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266