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Patricia Coombs Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1248

Scope and Contents

The collection includes publisher's dummies, typescripts, illustrations, and proofs for children's books written and illustrated by Patricia Coombs, many of them from the Dorrie the Little Witch series of books.


  • 1970 - 1977


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

Author and illustrator Patricia Coombs was born in Los Angeles in 1926 and received her BA in art and MA in English from the University of Washington. She married C. James Fox and they lived much of their lives in the New York City area. She is best known for her Dorrie the Little Witch series, and she published her first book , Dorrie's Magicin 1962.

Biographical Source: "Patricia Coombs (1926-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 51. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1988.


2.25 Cubic Feet (7 folders of manuscript materials; 1 box of illustrations)

Language of Materials



Collection include production material for children's books created by Patricia Coombs.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Patricia Coombs.

Patricia Coombs Papers, 1970-1977
Leslie Czechowski
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 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