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Elizabeth Yates Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1432

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a manuscript, typescript, proofs, and correspondence related to the children's book An Easter Story, and a manuscript of Yates' acceptance speech for the 1951 Newbery Medal Award.


  • Creation: 1951 - 1967


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

Elizabeth Yates McGreal was born in Buffalo, New York in 1905. She wrote books for both adults and children, but is best remembered as an author of children's books. Her 1950 book Amos Fortune, a children's book based on the true story of an African prince who was enslaved in America and later gains his freedom, won the Newbery Award in 1951. She died in 2001 in Concord, New Hampshire.

Biographical Source:

"Elizabeth Yates (1905-2001)." Something About the Author. Vol. 128. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002.


4 folders

Language of Materials



Collection production material for one children's title by Elizabeth Yates, as well as a manuscript for her 1951 Newbery Medal acceptance speech.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Elizabeth Yates.

Related Materials

Additional material related to Elizabeth Yates is available in th Elizabeth Yates Papers at Smith College, Northampton, MA.

Elizabeth Yates Papers, 1951-1967
Leslie Czechowski and Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • September 2017: Collection reprocessed 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