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Betty Miles Papers

Identifier: CLRC-986

Scope and Contents

The collection includes typescripts, proofs, and related production material for children's and young adult books written by Betty Miles.


  • Creation: 1957 - 1997


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

Betty Miles was born in Chicago on May 16, 1928, but for her first six years was raised in Baghdad, Iraq, by her missionary parents. Following college at Antioch College she worked as an assistant teacher in New York. Trying to find suitable books to read to the children led her to begin writing her own books, which in turn led to her career as an author or children's books. Many of her books dealt with real-life issues, such as ecology and feminism. Miles died in 2018.

Biographical Sources: "Betty Miles (1928-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 78. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1994.


4.15 Cubic Feet (4 boxes [3 record cartons and 1 hollinger box])

Language of Materials



The collection contains written production materials for juvenile works written by author Betty Miles.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Betty Miles.

Betty Miles Papers, 1957-1997
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • February 2020: Collection reprocessed by Ellen Sugg 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