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Ann M. Martin papers

Identifier: CLRC-771

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written materials for 37 titles in the "Baby-Sitters Club" and the "Baby-Sitters Little Sister" series of books, including typescripts, cover proofs, and some correspondence.


  • 1986-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 Sketch

Ann M(atthews) Martin was born August 12, 1955, in Princeton, NJ, where she grew up in a very imaginative family -- her mother was preschool teacher and her father was an artist. Her first job was as a school teacher, but she soon turned to the publishing industry, where she held various jobs, culminating in senior editor in Books for Young Readers at Bantam Books in New York City. In 1983 she began writing. Her first books were young adult romance novels. In 1985 a colleague suggested the creation of a mini-series about a babysitting cooperative. This led to the Baby-Sitters Club series, which became so popular that for a time Martin was writing two books a month. In spite of the heavy pressure, Martin did nearly all of the writing herself, always writing at least twenty of the twenty-four annual books, and providing outlines and final editing for the few that were assigned to other authors. The series also led to spin-offs such as the Baby-Sitters Club Mystery Series and the Baby-Sitters Little Sisters Series. The original series finally came to an end in 2000.

Martin has written other series too, and has won a number of awards for her work. She attributes her success partially to her memory, explaining that she can clearly remember things such as what her first day at kindergarten was like, both the physical setting and her own feelings. She bases her books sometimes on actual experiences, sometimes on her memories of her feelings, and sometimes more on imagination.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 41, 44, 70, 126; Children's Literature Review, vol. 32


2.5 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons)

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The collection contains written materials for 37 titles in the "Baby-Sitters Club" and the "Baby-Sitters Little Sister" series of books.

Accession Information:

Gift of Ann M. Martin
Ann M. Martin Papers, 1986-circa 1994
Jim Eyer
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Collecting Area Details

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