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Marchette Chute Papers

Identifier: CLRC-957

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of holographs, typescripts, and illustrations related to books written by Marchette Chute, for both children and adults, as well as clippings, research notes, and personal papers. Also included are a number of personal journals for both Marchette Chute and her younger sister, Beatrice Joy Chute.


  • Creation: 1933 - 1984


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

Born in Wayzata, Minnesota in 1909, Marchette Chute was the daughter of William Chute, a real estate broker, and Edith Mary Pickburn Chute, who had been a nurse in a London hospital. She was privately educated at home and then attended Central High School in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. Her first books were collections of poetry for children, but she later switched to a more biographical format, beginning with Geoffrey Chaucer of England in 1946. She then took on subjects such as Shakespeare, voting rights, and the history of democracy as her writing progressed through the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s. Marchette died in 1994 in Montclair, New Jersey.

Biographical Source: New York Times Obituary; May 11, 1994


7.5 Cubic Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of production materials related to books written by Marchette Chute, as well as some personal materials and journals.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title, with series related to Prose, Poetry and Plays; Speeches and Articles; Research; and Personal Papers at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marchette Chute.


Marchette Chute papers, 1933-1984
Christopher M. True
April 2015
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Revision Statements

  • 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