Beatrice Sparks biographical and personal papers, 1949-1999, bulk: 1970-1999
Scope and Contents note
Series includes materials gathered by Beatrice Sparks regarding her career as an author in the forms of letters, photocopied and orignal articles, contracts, and compiled research. The letters are written by Sparks, or her family, publishers, and readers. Many of the articles and research refer to the books she was involved in and their themes, but also columns she wrote earlier in her career. The contracts and business correspondene outline the progression of her books from idea or diary to a finished product with a marketing plan. Dates range 1949-1999, bulk 1970-1999.
- Other: 1949-1999
- Other: Majority of material found within 1970-1999
- Sparks, Beatrice (creator, Person)
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Beatrice Sparks (1917- ) is an author with a Ph.D. in human behavior. She is a specialist in child and adolescent psychology, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).
Sparks was born to Vivian Johns and Leonard Clarence Mathews on January 15, 1917 in Goldberg, Idaho. She grew up in Logan, Utah the third of five children. She moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, where she met and married LaVorn G. Sparks. Their family includes four children, and several grandchildren. After attending University of California at Los Angeles and Brigham Young University she started working as an Adolescent Phycologist. She also taught continuing education courses at Brigham Young University, and wrote newspaper columns for the Malibu Monitor, the Santa Monica Outlook, and the California Intermountain News.
Her work as an author continued with publishing several books, but she was most notable for her work editing and producing novels from teenage diaries regarding the themes of adolescent drug use, depression, psychotherapy, pregnancy, witchcraft, suicide, AIDS, attitudes, interpersonal communications and intergenerational conflict. Sparks has won the American Library Association Young Adult Notable Award, the Christopher Medal, School Library Journal Best Books, and Quick Pick for Recommended Reading by the American Library Association. She has also served as a judge for the National Book Awards. In addition to her literary work, Beatrice and LaVorn served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1986 to 1987. They worked on development and launch of the Family to Family Book of Mormon Project.
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Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2224.xml
Fan mail and other sensitive correspondence are restricted and have been separated from their original folders. The material from this series was moved to box 11, folders 1-12.
- AIDS (Disease) in adolescence -- Patients
- Adolescent psychotherapy -- Case studies -- Juvenile literature
- Book of Mormon -- Use
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Depression in adolescence -- Treatment -- Case studies -- Juvenile literature
- Drug abuse
- Family psychotherapy -- Case studies -- Juvenile literature
- Interpersonal communication
- Promotional materials
- Teenage boys
- Teenage girls -- Juvenile fiction
- Teenage pregnancy
- Teenagers -- Suicidal behavior
- Youth -- United States -- Attitudes -- Case studies