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Accession 531

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

2000 pieces, 1.0 linear feet



Historical Note

Matt Christopher (1917-1997) was a prolific author of children’s books having written over 100 books as well as over 300 short stories and articles. Matt was gifted athletically and excelled in every sport as a young man and this love of sports steered him toward sports as the major theme in most of his writings. He even played professional baseball with the Smith Falls Beavers of Ontario, Canada, an affiliate of the Class C Can-Am League in 1937. Matt was the author of several mystery novels, action and adventures, as well as the “Chuck White” comic strip adventure series inTreasure Chest magazine. He also wrote screenplays geared to toward a grownup audience and even wrote some poetry. Matt Christopher also published works under the pseudonym Frederic Martin.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of Matt Christopher’s first drafts, edited galley proofs and author’s copy of five of his sports stories for children. They are entitled The Dog That Stole Football Plays, Run, Billy, Run (which was previously titled The Boy Who Didn’t Stop Running), Tight End, The Twenty-One Mile Swim (which was changed from The Forty-One Mile Swim) and Wild Pitch. All of the books were published by Little, Brown & Company of Boston. This collection is especially interesting for those interested in writing children’s literature.


The papers of Matt Christopher were deposited with the Archives on September 30, 1983 by Matt Christopher.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Matt Christopher Papers - Accession 531

LC Subject Headings

Christopher, Matt, 1917-1997--Archives; Christopher, Matt, 1917-1997. Dog that stole football plays; Christopher, Matt, 1917-1997. Run, Billy, run; Christopher, Matt, 1917-1997. Tight end; Christopher, Matt, 1917-1997. Twenty-one-mile swim; Christopher, Matt, 1917-1997. Wild pitch; Children’s books