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Marilyn Sachs Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1466

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material related to children's and young adult titles by Marilyn Sachs published between 1964 and 1999, and includes drafts, proofs, correspondence, etc.


  • circa 1964-1999


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

Marilyn (Stickle) Sachs was born December 18, 1927, in New York, New York. She attended Hunter College and graduated with a B.A. in 1949. She then continued her education at Columbia University, receiving her M.S. in 1953. She married Morris Sachs in 1947 and had 2 children. She worked for many years as a children's librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library. In the 1950s she began writing fiction for children and young adults, publishing her first book, Amy Moves In, in 1964. Sachs has touched upon several controversial subjects in some of her works, including child neglect, obesity, homelessness, and the anti-nuclear movement. She has also written several works of historical fiction, including Call Me Ruth, an account of a young immigrant girl in turn of the century New York City, who becomes involved in the struggle for worker's rights in the garment industry. Sachs died in 2016.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols, 3, 68, 110 Something About the Author Autobiography Series, vol. 2 Children's Literature Review, vol. 2


5.4 Cubic Feet (5 boxes [4 record cartons, 1 hollinger box])

Language of Materials



Marilyn Sachs's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult fiction and contain production info for dozens of works by Sachs.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marilyn Sachs.

Marilyn Sachs Papers, circa 1964-1999
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • March 2019: Collection reprocessed 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