The Madeleine Polland collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and other items.
Manuscripts for books by Polland in the collection are often present in variant drafts, notes, notebooks, and other forms. Books include Children of the Red King (Constable, 1960; Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1961), also present in an earlier unpublished form titled Adrian’s Irish Turnip; Beorn the Proud (Constable, 1961; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962); Fingal’s Quest (Doubleday, 1961); The Town Across the Water (Constable, 1961; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963); Chuiraquimba and the Black Robes (Doubleday, 1962); The White Twilight (Constable, 1962); City of the Golden Horse (Doubleday, 1964); Queen’s Blessing (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1964); Flame Over Tara (Doubleday, 1964); Thicker Than Water (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965); Mission to Cathay (Doubleday, 1965); Queen Without Crown (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966); Deirdre (Doubleday, 1967); The Little Spot of Bother, published in the U.S. as Minutes of a Murder (Hutchinson, 1967; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967); To Tell My People (Hutchinson, 1968); Random Army, published in the U.S. as Shattered Summer (Hutchinson and Co., 1969); Stranger in the Hills (Hutchinson, 1969; Doubleday, 1969); Family Affair (Hutchinson, 1971); Alhambra (Doubleday, 1971); To Kill a King (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971); Package to Spain (Walker, 1971); Daughter to Poseidon (Doubleday, 1973); When I Am Gone, a serial for Woman magazine (1973); Double Shadow, published under the pseudonym “Frances Adrian” (Macdonald and Jane, 1977; Fawcett, 1977); Sabrina (Delacorte, 1979); All Their Kingdoms (Delacorte, 1980); The Heart Speaks Many Ways (Delacorte, 1982); No Price Too High (Delacorte, 1984); As It Was in the Beginning (Piatkus, 1987); and Rich Man’s Flowers (Piatkus, 1990). Other manuscripts in the collection include a few short items as well as various notes and outlines.
Correspondence in the collection consists of over two hundred letters dating from 1958 to 1971. These are primarily letters to and from American and British editors and publishers.
Other material in the collection includes items from children’s book fairs attended by Polland in the U.S. in 1967; a printed article by Polland, “On the Writing of Ghost Stories,” published in The Horn Book (1968); a photograph of Polland; and other items.