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Christopher Paul Curtis Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1426

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of typescripts, page proofs, and correspondence for six of Curtis's children's books, published between 1995 and 2012.


  • 1994-2012, undated


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

Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan in 1954. Curtis attended college at the Flint branch of the University of Michigan while working on the assembly line at the Fisher Body Plant for automobiles. His writing career began in the early 1990s when he submitted a story to a writing contest at the University of Michigan-Flint where it won the Jules Hopwood Prize. His first novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, was awarded a Newbery Honor and the Coretta Scott King Honor book citation in 1996. His 1999 publication Bud, Not Buddy, received the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award in 2000. He lives with his wife and two children in Windsor, Ontario, in Canada.


1.20 Cubic Feet (3 hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of production material for children's books written by Curtis.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Christopher Paul Curtis.

Christopher Paul Curtis, undated, 1994-2012
Leslie Czechowski and CLRC staff
2004 and 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • January 2014: Collection reprocessed by Carly Lawrence; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library