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Collection Number: 05437

Collection Title: Mini Page Collection, 1969-2009

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 850 items)
Abstract The Mini Page, created by Raleigh, N.C., native Betty Debnam Hunt and first published in 1969, is a weekly feature delivered through about 500 newspapers across the United States. Targeted mainly at children, their parents, and educators, The Mini Page covers a different topic each week and teaches readers through puzzles, recipes, activities, and pictures. The collection consists of volumes of weekly editions of The Mini Page, 1969-2007, and other Mini Page publications and products, including joke and activity books; greeting cards; bookmarks; and booklets and resource guides on topics including the United States government and history, environmentalism, learning foreign languages, and healthy living habits. The collection also includes a mat book of reproduction proofs of Mini Page characters featured in local advertising campaigns and data digital video discs of Mini Page elements, 1996-2007.
Creator Debnam, Betty.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
Users are informed that materials in this collection are (a) available for nonprofit educational research/teaching/scholarship purposes only; (b) permission for printing multiple copies from this collection must be obtained from the Universal Press Syndicate prior to use; and (c) permission for linking or downloading materials in this collection must be obtained from the Universal Press Syndicate prior to use.
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Restrictions to Use
Copyright is held by the Universal Press Syndicate, a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, Inc.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mini Page Collection #5437, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Betty Debnam Hunt of Raleigh, N.C., in August 2009 (Acc. 101159), October 2010 (Acc. 101364: Volumes 42-44), and November 2013 (Acc. 101933).
Additional Descriptive Resources
Searchable digitized images from the Mini Page Collection are available online at http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/minipage/index.html.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Mini Page is a weekly feature delivered through newspapers across the United States. The Mini Page covers a different topic each week and teaches readers through puzzles, recipes, activities, and pictures. First published in 1969 and targeted mainly at children, their parents, and educators, The Mini Page is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate, a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, in about 500 newspapers. In May 2007, The Mini Page was purchased by the Universal Press Syndicate, which had distributed it for 30 years.

Betty Debnam Hunt, a native of Raleigh, N.C., graduated from the University of North Carolina with a political science degree in 1952 and obtained her master's degree in education at Duke University in 1963. She worked as an advertising copywriter, alumni secretary, public relations professional, and second-grade teacher before creating The Mini Page in 1969. As creator of The Mini Page, she took on the roles of author, reporter, editor, artist, and salesperson. Debnam Hunt received the North Carolina Award and the Newspaper Association of America Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, the Newspapers in Education Hall of Fame, and the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame. She was married to retired Marine Colonel Richard Hunt (d. 1998).

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The collection consists of volumes of weekly editions of The Mini Page, 1969-2007, and other Mini Page publications and products, including joke and activity books; greeting cards; bookmarks; and booklets and resource guides on topics including the United States government and history, environmentalism, learning foreign languages, and healthy living habits. The collection also includes a mat book of reproduction proofs of Mini Page characters featured in local advertising campaigns and data digital video discs of Mini Page elements, 1996-2007.

Searchable digitized images from the Mini Page Collection are available online at http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/minipage/index.html.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007.

42 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Volumes of weekly editions of The Mini Page by year and an indexed guide. See also Series 3 for digital files of Mini Page elements.

Folder 1

Index, 1973-2007 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." Folder 1

Index to weekly editions of Mini Page, including subject, theme, date, and issue number, apparently created by Universal Press Syndicate.

Oversize Volume SV-5437/1

The Mini Page Annual, 1969-1970 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/1

Oversize Volume SV-5437/2

1969-1970 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/2

Oversize Volume SV-5437/3

1970-1971: Charlotte, N.C. #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/3

Oversize Volume SV-5437/4

The Mini Page Annual, 1970-1971 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/4

Oversize Volume SV-5437/5

1971-1972: Charlotte, N.C. #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/5

Oversize Volume SV-5437/6

1972-1973 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/6

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1973 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/7

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1973-1974 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/8

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1974-1975 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/9

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1975 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/10

Oversize Volume SV-5437/11

1975-1976 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/11

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1976-1977 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/12

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1977-1978 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/13

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1978-1979 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/42

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1979 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/14

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1979-1980 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/43

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1980-1981 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/15

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1981 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/44

Oversize Volume SV-5437/16

1982 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/16

Oversize Volume SV-5437/17

1983 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/17

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1984 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/18

Oversize Volume SV-5437/19

1985 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/19

Oversize Volume SV-5437/20

1986 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/20

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1987 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/21

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1988 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/22

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1989 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/23

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1990 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/24

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1991 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/25

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1992 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/26

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1993 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/27

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1994 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/28

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1995 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/29

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1996 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/30

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1997 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/31

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1998 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/32

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1999 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/33

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2000 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/34

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2001 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/35

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2002 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/36

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2003 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/37

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2004 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/38

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2005 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/39

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2006 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/40

Oversize Volume SV-5437/41

2007 #05437, Series: "1. Mini Page Volumes, 1969-2007." SV-5437/41

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About 800 items.

Greeting cards, The Best of The Mini Page, 1977; All-New The Best of The Mini Page, 1982; joke and activity books; bookmarks; and booklets and resource guides on topics including the United States government and history, environmentalism, learning foreign languages, and healthy living habits. Also includes a mat book of reproduction proofs of Mini Page characters featured in local advertising campaigns.

Folder 2

Activity and joke books, 1980, 1982, 1984 #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 2

Folder 3

Bookmarks, 1980-1981 #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 3

Also includes one "Ziggy" bookmark.

Folder 4-5

Folder 4

Folder 5

Government booklets, 1991, 2001, 2006, 2009 #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 4-5

Subjects include the White House, the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the fifty states.

Folder 6

Greeting cards, 1981 #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 6

Folder 7

Greeting cards: Duplicates, 1981 #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 7

Folder 8

Greeting card material, 1981 #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 8

Photocopied greeting cards, information on how to order cards, and one greeting card that does not appear to be connected to the Mini Page.

Folder 9

Resource books, 1995 #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 9

Subjects include environmentalism, the United States government, and healthy living habits.

Folder 10

Tablecover, 1988 #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 10

Folder 11

The Best of The Mini Page, 1977, 1982 #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 11

Folder 12-14

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Mini Page mat book, undated #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 12-14

Reproduction proofs of Mini Page characters featured in local advertising campaigns.

Folder 15

Other publications and products, 1987-1991 #05437, Series: "2. Other Mini Page Publications and Products, 1980-2009." Folder 15

Foreign language guides, a 1987 calendar, and a poster about Christopher Columbus.

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27 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Digital files of Mini Page elements, 1997-2004.

DDVD-5437/12

Mini Page, black-and-white, 1997 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/12

DDVD-5437/13

Mini Page, 1997 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/13

DDVD-5437/14

Mini Page, black-and-white, 1998 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/14

DDVD-5437/15

Mini Page, color, 1998, and black-and-white, 1998-1999 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/15

DDVD-5437/16

Mini Page, black-and-white clip art, 1998 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/16

DDVD-5437/17

Mini Page, color Encapsulate PostScript pictures and clip art, 1998 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/17

DDVD-5437/18

Mini Page, black-and-white and color, April-June 1999 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/18

DDVD-5437/19

Mini Page, black-and-white pictures and clip art, July-September 1999 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/19

DDVD-5437/20

Mini Page, color, July-September 1999 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/20

DDVD-5437/21

Mini Page, black-and-white and color clip art, October-December 1999 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/21

DDVD-5437/22

Mini Page, black-and-white and color, 1st quarter, 2000 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/22

DDVD-5437/23_01

Mini Page, 2nd quarter, 2000 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/23_01

DDVD-5437/23_02

Mini Page, 2nd quarter, 2000 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/23_02

Duplicate of DDVD-5437/23_01.

DDVD-5437/24_01

Mini Page, 3rd quarter, 2000 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/24_01

DDVD-5437/24_02

Mini Page, 3rd quarter, 2000 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/24_02

Duplicate of DDVD-5437/24_01.

DDVD-5437/25

Mini Page, black-and-white and color, 4th quarter, 2000 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/25

DDVD-5437/26

Mini Page, black-and-white and color, 4th quarter, 2000 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/26

DDVD-5437/27

Mini Page, color, 1st quarter, 2001 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/27

DDVD-5437/28

Mini Page, black-and-white, 1st quarter, 2001 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/28

DDVD-5437/29

Mini Page, color disk A, 2nd quarter, 2001 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/29

DDVD-5437/30

Mini Page, color disk B, 2nd quarter, 2001 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/30

DDVD-5437/31

Mini Page, black-and-white, 2nd quarter, 2001 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/31

DDVD-5437/32

Mini Page, 2001-2002 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/32

DDVD-5437/33

Mini Page, 3rd quarter, disk A, 2001 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/33

DDVD-5437/34

Mini Page, 3rd quarter, disk B, 2001 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/34

DDVD-5437/35

Mini Page, black-and-white, 3rd quarter, 2004 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/35

DDVD-5437/36

Mini Page, color, 3rd quarter, 2004 #05437, Series: "Addition of November 2013 (Acc. 101933)" DDVD-5437/36

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Processing Information

Processed by: Kiley Orchard, March 2010

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, October 2010

Encoded by: Kiley Orchard, March 2010

Finding aid updated in September 2011 by Nancy Kaiser and December 2013 by Amanda Loeb because of additions.

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