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Sharon Bell Mathis Papers

Identifier: CLRC-791

Scope and Contents

The Sharon Bell Mathis papers contains written production material for young adult and children's books written by Mathis. The materials primarily consist of typescripts, proofs, correspondence, clippings, and related items. The collection also contains correspondence from students about her books, as well as typescripts for short stories and essays.


  • 1969 - 2002


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

Sharon Bell Mathis is an author and librarian, best known for her works for children and young adults. She was born February 26, 1937, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She graduated from Morgan State College, and earned a master's degree in Library Science from the Catholic University of America. Her writing has earned awards such as the Coretta Scott King Award and a Newbery Honor.


1.65 Cubic Feet (2 boxes [1 record carton and 1 hollinger box])

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for works by author Sharon Bell Mathis.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by published title, with Short Stories and Essay, Correspondence, and Miscellaneous materials at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sharon Bell Mathis.

Sharon Bell Mathis Papers, 1969-2002
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • November 2019: 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