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Stephen W. Meader Papers

Identifier: CLRC-947

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for 6 books by Stephen Meader published between 1963 and 1969. It includes manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs, as well as some unidentified manuscript material and personal photographs.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1971


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

Stephen W. Meader was born May 2, 1892, in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Haverford College with a B. A. in 1913, and worked as a caseworker for the Children's Aid Society, and later worked as an editor, copywriter, and copy director. In 1920 he wrote and illustrated his first book for young adults, The Black Buccaneer. Meader primarily focused on young male characters, and published in a variety of genres, including historical fiction, sports stories, mysteries, and adventure novels. He received a Newbery Honor in 1940 for the book Boy with a Pack. He died on July 18, 1977.

Biographical Sources:

"Stephen W(arren) Meader (1892-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 1. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971.


.4 Cubic Feet (2 hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



Stephen W. Meader's papers focus on his work as an author of young adult books. The collection contains drafts, proofs, and additional material related to his writing, as well as some personal photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

John H. Meader, Stephen W. Meader's son, gave this collection to the University of Minnesota in 1996.


Stephen W. Meader Collection, 1941-1971
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • April 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