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Richard Mosher Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1027

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Richard Mosher's personal and professional papers, as well as family papers. His writings include published and unpublished titles by Richard Mosher, such as drafts and related materials for his published juvenile works The Taxi Navigator and Zazoo. Also included are many unpublished works, including a memoir titled How My Flames Saved the World.

Mosher's personal and family papers contain photographs, correspondence, childhood papers and writings, journals, planners/daybooks, genealogical documents, and other materials that begin as early as the 1930s. The family correspondence include letters written or received by his parents, Arthur Mosher and Alice Wynne Mosher. The collection also holds a large number of personal and family photographs.


  • Creation: 1933 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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

Richard Mosher was born April 24, 1949, in Mussoorie, India, the son of missionary parents. He lived in a number of different countries before coming to the United states, where he held a variety of jobs before becoming a freelance writer. He says he uses his varied experiences as realistic background for his stories, but does not base his plots or characters directly on them. Mosher lives in Minnesota.

Biographical Source:

"Mosher, Richard." Something About the Author. Vol. 120. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2001.


13 Cubic Feet (12 boxes [10 record cartons and 2 hollinger boxes] and 1 flat portfolio)

Language of Materials



This collection contains Richard Mosher's personal and professional papers, including his published and unpublished writings, as well as family papers.


The collection is arranged into two series:

  1. Publications, writings, and professional papers
  2. Personal and family papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard Mosher.

Richard Mosher Papers, 1933-2019
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • 3/5/2018: Carter Lynn Thurmond reprocessed existing material and processed new material.
  • July 2021: New material added and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library