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Mary Casanova Papers

Identifier: CLRC-770

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, corrected typescripts, front matter, proofs, notes, illustration photocopies, jacket covers, corrected publishers proof, correspondence, clippings, research material, and commentary for a number of children's books authored by Mary Casanova.


  • 1991 - 2016


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

Author Mary Casanova was born in Duluth, MN in 1957 and earned her BA from the University of Minnesota in 1981. She is the author of dozens of books for children and young adults, including both picture and chapter books. Her first book, a nonfiction book about golden retrievers, was published in 1990, while her middle-grade novel Moose Tracks, was published in 1995. Many of her works feature the outdoors and animals, and she is also the author of nearly a dozen American Girl books. Casanova lives in Ranier, Minnesota.

Biographical Source: "Mary Casanova (1957-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 344. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2019.


20 Cubic Feet (20 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Mary Casanova Papers contain typescripts, proofs, notes, correspondence, clippings, research material and commentary related to her children's books.


The collection is arranged into two series, 1. Publications and 2. Miscellaneous. Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Casanova. Printing negatives and proofs for Curse of a Winter Moon, Moose Tracks, Wolf Shadows, and Riot gift of the University of Minnesota Press.

Mary Casanova Papers, 1991-2012
Leslie Czechowski, updated by Ruth Paloma.
May 2004
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Revision Statements

  • March 2013; November 2014: Collection reprocessed by Mary Blissenbach; EAD updated by Mary Blissenbach and Karen Spilman; EAD updated in 2014 by Caitlin Marineau
  • August 2016: New material from University of Minnesota Press added by Caitlin Marineau
  • March 2017: New Material Processed and added to Finding Aid by Carter Lynn Thurmond
  • April 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library