Oral Histories

Interview of Frances Clarke Sayers

Children's librarian, author of children's books, and senior lecturer in the UCLA Department of English.
Small Felicities of Life
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Librarians
Biographical Note:
Children's librarian, author of children's books, and senior lecturer in the UCLA Department of English.
Horovitz, Carolyn
Sayers, Frances Clarke
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Early family influences; Galveston, Texas; Carnegie Library School at Carnegie Institute of Technology; Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen; move to New York City; Anne Carroll Moore; Central Children's Room, New York Public Library; life and work in New York; developing storytelling techniques; storytelling in New York; gathering of children's literature people in San Francisco; Thorne-Thomsen records stories; criticisms of Walt Disney; lectures for F. E. Compton Co.; work at Library of Congress; New York Public Library; teaching at the University of California, Berkeley; years in Chicago; move to Sausalito; writing Bluebonnets for Lucinda; replacing Anne Carroll Moore; tensions; members of the staff; children's artists and writers of the era; editors of children's books; administrative work at the New York Public Library; offer to teach at UCLA; the Department of English; influence of Stith Thompson; retiring from teaching; Ernestine Rose; Miriam Busby Clarke, Sayers's mother; portrait of mother; portrait of father, Oscar Clarke; consultant to Library of Congress; reasons for leaving New York Public Library; planning lectures; trip to Trinidad; planning UCLA's library school; library service versus library science; teaching children's literature; letter to Los Angeles Times on Disney; Bruno Bettelheim and fairy tales; relationship with sister, Marie Virginia Clarke; Miriam Clarke's last years; Miriam Clarke's personality; mother's teaching in Marion, Kansas; meeting Oscar Clarke; Frances Sayers's writing; Anthology of Children's Literature; lecturing and writing; an age of mediocrity; poets at the American Library Association's meeting; changes in children's libraries and publishing; current interests and activities.