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Nancy Garden Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1154

Scope and Contents

The Nancy Garden collection comprises manuscript production materials for a number of titles, and consists chiefly of corrected typescripts, some of them carbons or photocopies, notes, notes and correspondence from editors, and some research materials and clippings. There are also page proofs and galleys.


  • Creation: 1982-2007


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 Sketch

Nancy Garden was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 15, 1938. She earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1961, and an M.A. in 1962. After working in theater and teaching at Hunter College, she began working as an editor for a commercial editing firm, then for Scholastic magazines and Houghton-Mifflin, while beginning her career as an author of young adult books, including realistic fiction, fantasy, and mysteries.

Her best known book is the award-winning book Annie on My Mind, which features a romance between two teenage girls, and has been frequently challenged in local libraries due to its LGBT contents. As a result of her experiences, Garden has become known for her work regarding intellectual freedom.

Biographical Source: "Nancy Garden." Something About the Author. Vol. 147. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2004.


16 boxes (20 cubic feet)

Language of Materials



The collection comprises manuscript production materials for over 20 published titles by Nancy Garden.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nancy Garden.

Nancy Garden Papers, 1982-2010
CLRC staff
2004, 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • April 2013: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard; EAD updated by Karen Spilman
  • September 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library