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Nikki Grimes Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1409

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written production materials for over forty children's books, including manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, notes, clippings, proofs, and research. The collection also includes unpublished writings, speeches and articles, correspondence, and other related materials.


  • 1977 - 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

Nikki Grimes was born October 20, 1950, in Harlem, NY. She writes under her own name and under the pseudonym Naomi McMillan. She has had a number of jobs related to writing, teaching, and publishing, including a six year period in Sweden as a radio scriptwriter and producer, and is also a writer for young people. Grimes draws upon her own childhood to convey the black experience and themes such as friendship, tolerance, family and community relationships, and adolescence.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 136; Children's Literature Review, vol. 42


10.2 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains written production material for over 40 books written by Nikki Grimes.


Collection is arranged into two series. Material within publications is arranged alphabetically by published title.

  1. Publications
  2. Other material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nikki Grimes.

Nikki Grimes Papers, 1977-2019
Jim Eyer, Liz Kent
2004, 2009
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Revision Statements

  • October 08, 2014: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard, EAD updated by Lisa Calahan.
  • September 2021: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.
  • March 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