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Mary Rodgers Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1415

Scope and Contents

The Mary Rodgers Papers contains written production material for four titles published between 1969 and 1982: A Billion for Boris, Freaky Friday, The Rotten Book, and Summer Switch. In addition to typescripts, proofs, and correspondence related to the books, the collection also holds hand-written drafts of Rodgers's screenplay for the 1976 Freaky Friday film adaptation, which starred Jodie Foster, and a screenplay (not written by Rodgers) for a tv "after-school" special adapted from Summer Switch. The collection also holds a large amount of fan letters from children.


  • circa 1969-2006


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

Mary Rodgers was born on January 11, 1931, in New York City. She published her first book in 1969. She published her most famous book Freaky Friday, which was made into a movie in 1977. Mary Rodgers died in 2014.

Biographical source: "Mary Rodgers (1931-)." Something About the Author. Volume 130. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002.


2.5 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons)

Language of Materials



The Mary Rodgers Collection contains written production material for four titles published between 1969 and 1982, as well as a large amount of correspondence from children.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by published title, with unpublished manuscripts and correspondence at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Rodgers.

Mary Rodgers Papers, circa 1969-2006
Sharlene Murphy
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Revision Statements

  • February 2019: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library