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Claudia Mills Papers

Identifier: CLRC-993

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written material for children's books, primarily middle grade chapter books, written by author Claudia Mills. manuscripts and typescripts, correspondence, notes, clippings, research, and other production material related to her books.


  • 1981 - 2019


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

Claudia Mills was born August 21, 1954, in New York, New York. After earning a B.A. at Wellesley College, she received an MA in Philosophy from Princeton, before leaving to work as an editorial assistant at Four Winds Press. Her first book, At the Back of the Woods was published there in 1982. Most of her children's books are chapter books aimed at early or middle grade readers. In addition to her writing career, she earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton in 1991, and is an Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she taught from 1991 until 2014. She lives in Colorado.

Biographical Sources: "Claudia Mills (1954-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 349. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2020.


10 Cubic Feet (8 record cartons)

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for children's books written by author Claudia Mills.


Collection guide is arranged alphabetically by published title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Claudia Mills.

Claudia Mills Papers, 1981-2020
CLRC staff
2004, 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • January 15, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard, EAD updated by Lisa Calahan.
  • 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022: New material added 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