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Karen Cushman Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1428

Scope and Contents

The Karen Cushman papers contain manuscripts, typescripts, page proofs, correspondence, notes, research material, and photographs for a number of children's books, plus general correspondence and various speeches.


  • 1990 - 2015


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

Karen Cushman was born in Chicago in 1941. She attended Stanford University earning a B.A. in English. She married, earned additional degrees, had a child, and became an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University in Museum Studies. In the late 1980s her interest again returned to writing, and she published her first young adult historical novel, Catherine, Called Birdyin 1994 which was named a Newbery Honor Book. Her second novel, The Midwife's Apprenticereceived the Newbery Medal in 1995.

Biographical source: "Karen Cushman (1941-)." Something About the Author. Volume 147. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2004.


16.25 Cubic Feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains papers related to children's books authored by Karen Cushman.


Collection is arranged into two series: Publications and Miscellaneous. Publications arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Karen Cushman.

Karen Cushman Papers, 1990-2015
Leslie Czechowski
December 2004
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Revision Statements

  • April 2013; March 2015: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard; EAD updated by Karen Spilman, Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library