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Matt Christopher Papers

Identifier: CLRC-955

Scope and Contents

The collection includes holographs, typescripts, proofs, correspondence, notes, and research material for thirteen of Christopher's children's books published between 1971 and 1995.


  • Creation: 1971-1994, undated


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

Matthew Frederick Christopher was born in Bath, Pennsylvania in 1917. In the 1930s Christopher played semi-professional and minor league baseball until a knee injury ended his career. In addition he worked as a laborer and editor. He published his first book, a detective novel titled Look for the Body, in 1953, and in 1954 he published The Lucky Baseball Bat, a baseball book for children. Christopher died in 1997 having written more than one hundred books.

Biographical source:

"Matt(hew Frederick) Christopher (1917-1997)." Something About the Author. Vol. 80 and 99. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1995 and 1998.


1.20 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of production material for children's book published by Matt Christopher.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Matt Christopher, donated from 1980 to 1995.

Matt Christopher Papers, 1971-1994, undated
Leslie Czechowski and CLRC staff
July 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • October 2013: Collection reprocessed by Victoria Rieck; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • February 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library