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Julia Cunningham Papers

Identifier: CLRC-118

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for sixteen books by Julia Cunningham published between 1960 and 1986. It includes corrected typescripts, notes, proofs, correspondence, and a note from Dr. Irvin Kerlan.


  • 1961-1985, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Julia Cunningham was born October 4, 1916 in Spokane, Washington. She attended art school for a year in Virginia and then worked as an editor and at various jobs before writing children's and young adult books. Her first book The Vision of Francois the Foxwas published in 1960 when she was 44 years old. In 1965 Cunningham published Dorp Dead, which was notable for its content about an orphan and his abusive guardian. Her novel The Treasure is the Rose was a National Book Award finalist. Cunningham died in Santa Barbara, California in 2008.


1.6 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials for sixteen children's and young adult titles published between 1960 and 1986.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Julia Cunningham.

Julia Cunningham Papers, 1961-1985, undated
CLRC staff
November 1998 and January 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • January 2014: Collection reprocessed by Carly Lawrence; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • February 2023: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library