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Karen Hesse Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1244

Scope and Content

The Karen Hesse papers contains typescripts, correspondence, and research material related to published and unpublished books for children and young adults, written by author Karen Hesse, as well as correspondence with young readers and fans.


  • 1990 - 2010


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

Karen Hesse (1952- ) is an author of children's and young adult literature. Hesse was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned her undergraduate degree in English, Psychology, and Anthropology; soon after graduation, she and her husband moved to Vermont and started a family. Hesse took jobs in publishing and began writing. Her first novel, Wish on a Unicornwas published in 1991. She won the Newberry Medal for Out of the Dust.


13.5 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection includes typescripts, correspondence and research material on 21 published and unpublished works by author Karen Hesse.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by published title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Karen Hesse.

Karen Hesse Papers, 1990-2010
Elizabeth Langley and John Barneson
2004, 2009
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Revision Statements

  • October 17, 2014, September 2015: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard, EAD updated by Lisa Calahan; collection updated by Caitlin Marineau
  • January 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library