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Alice McLerran Papers

Identifier: CLRC-932

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written material for four children's books by Alice McLerran, including drafts, proofs, correspondence, and related material.


  • 1984 - 1999


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 Alice McLerran was born June 24, 1933, in West Point, New York. As a child in an army family she shifted her home every year or two as a child, living in many parts of the world. She attended Stanford University and earned a doctorate in Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley as well as an M.S. and M.P.H from the Harvard School of Public Health. She lived in various locations and traveled frequently with her husband, Larry. Her first children's book The Mountain that Loved a Bird, was published in the mid-1980s, and she wrote numerous children's books afterwards, including Roxaboxen. She died in 2019.

Biographical Sources: "Alice McLerran (1933-)." Something About the Author. Vols. 137. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2003. Alice McLerran obituary. New York Times. November 24, 2019.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



The collection contains written material for for books written by children's book author Alice McLerran.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alice McLerran.

Alice McLerran Papers, 1984-1999
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • May 2018: 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