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Mildred Pitts Walter Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1617

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for children's books published throughout the career of author Mildred Pitts Walter. Material includes drafts, page proofs, correspondence, clippings, and other related items.


  • 1963 - 2016


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

Mildred Pitts Walter was born September 8, 1922 in Sweetville, Louisiana. In 1944, she received a B. A. from Southern University and later moved to California. She worked as a schoolteacher and as a civil rights activist. In 1969, she published her first book Lillie of Watts: A Birthday Discovery. In 1982, she published The Girl on the Outsidea young adult novel based on the Little Rock school integration crisis of the 1950s. She received the Coretta Scott King Award for Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World(1986) in 1987 and an honorable mention for the Award in 1986 for Trouble's Child(1985).

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 69, pp. 203-210 and Twentieth-Century Children's Writers, 3rd., pp. 1015-1016.


5.4 Cubic Feet (5 boxes (4 record cartons + 1 hollinger box))

Language of Materials



The collection contains written production material and other material related to the career of children's book author Mildred Pitts Walter.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mildred Pitts Walter.

Mildred Pitts Walter Papers, 1963-2016
Cristina Cowan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • June 2018: Collection reprocessed and new material added by Ellen Sugg. Finding Aid updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library