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Mary Stolz Papers

Identifier: CLRC-76

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, proofs, and related material for children's and young adult books published from the 1950s until the 1990s, short stories, unpublished writings, and various verses and poetry. In addition, the collection holds correspondence (professional and personal), fan mail from children and readers, contracts, articles and speeches, awards, photographs, and other material related to her life and work.


  • Creation: 1956-circa 1994


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

Mary Stolz was born March 24, 1920, in Boston, Massachustts and attended the Birch Wathen School, Columbia University Teacher's College, and Katharine Gibbs School. She began writing for children and young adults in the 1950s with the publication of her young adult novel To Tell Your Love, in 1950, and her first book for children The Leftover Elf in 1962. She also wrote occasionally for adults, and published numerous short stories for magazines. She was awarded two Newbery Honors, for Belling the Tiger and The Noonday Friends, and was awarded the Kerlan Award by the University of Minnesota in 1993. Stolz died in 2006.

Biographical Source:

"Mary (Slattery) Stolz (1920-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 122. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002.


8.75 Cubic Feet (7 record cartons)

Language of Materials



Mary Stoltz's papers contain material related to her career as an author of fiction for children and young adults.


The collection is arranged into two series:

1) Published books

2) Other writing, correspondence, and papers.

Within Published books, materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Stolz.

Mary Stolz Papers, 1956-circa 1994
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • February 2020: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library