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Nikki Grimes Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1409

Scope and Content

The collection contains written production materials for 42 titles, including holographs, typescripts, front matter, correspondence, notes, clippings, copies of illustrations, galley proofs, dummies, photocopies, research material, a musical play, photograph illustrations, layout pictures, and a map. The collection also includes production material from unpublished titles and other unpublished material, including correspondence and an award acceptance speech.


  • 1992-2013


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Restrictions on Access

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Sketch

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 prolific writer for young people. She has received a number of awards and honors for her work. Grimes draws upon her own childhood to convey the black experience and themes such as friendship, tolerance, family and community relationships, and adolescence. Her works generally feature young African American characters with whom children and young adults can identify. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 136; Children's Literature Review, vol. 42


8.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)


The collection contains written production material for 42 titles.


Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Grimes, Nikki.
Nikki Grimes Collection, 1992-2013
Jim Eyer, Liz Kent
2004, 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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