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John Bellairs Papers

Identifier: CLRC-698

Scope and Content

The collection contains production materials for 13 young adult novels written by John Bellairs, including typescripts, correspondence, galley proofs, holographs and clippings. There are no production materials in the collection for The Face in the Frost, The Eyes of the Killer Robotand The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb.


  • undated, 1971-1989


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Access and Use

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.


Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Sketch

John Bellaris was born on January 17, 1938 in Marshall, Michigan. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame (1959) and his M.A. from the University of Chicago (1960). He was a collegiate English instructor from 1963-1971 and a freelance writer of young adult books until his death on March 8, 1991.

Bellairs wrote 16 books for young adults, including The Face in the Frost(1969), The House with a Clock in Its Walls(1973), and The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn(1978). After his death, author Brad Strickland completed two unfinished novels and began writing new stories featuring characters created by Bellairs.


2 boxes (2.0 cubic feet)


The John Bellairs Papers contain typescripts, correspondence, galley proofs, holographs and clippings for 13 young adult novels.


Publications are organized alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of John Bellairs, 1976-1991. Additional materials donated by Mrs. John Bellairs in 2001.
John Bellairs Papers, undated, 1971-1989
Nancy Larsen
March 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library