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Eleanor Clymer Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1032

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, notes, correspondence, galley proofs, research, and notes for thirty nine published children's books, both fiction and nonfiction. Additional materials include letters from children, fan mail, and a copy of a speech she gave while accepting the Sequoyah Award in 1981.


  • 1942-1987, undated


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

Eleanor Clymer was born in New York City in 1906 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1928 with a degree in English. She worked as a teacher and at other professions before she started writing children's books in 1943. She was the author of over fifty children's books, both fiction and nonfiction. She wrote books about both city and country life and explored themes that ranged from friendship to family relations to cooperation. She was awarded the Rip Van Winkle award from the School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York in 1980 for her contributions to children's literature. Her son, Adam Clymer, is a journalist at the New York Times. Eleanor Clymer passed away in 2001 at the age of 95.


3.45 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of production material for children's books by author Eleanor Clymer.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title or material type.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Eleanor Clymer.

Eleanor Clymer Papers, 1942-1984, undated
Leslie Czechowski and CLRC staff
September 2004 and December 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • December 2013: Collection reprocessed by Victoria Rieck; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • 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