Lorenz B. Graham Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains production material for several of this children's books, including the Town series. The collection also contains a large amount of correspondence, both related to his books as well as personal and other professional correspondence, and material related to his travels, and notes related to presentation and lectures he delivered to schools and organizations.
- Creation: 1945 - 2000
- Graham, Lorenz (Person)
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
Lorenz B. Graham was born January 27, 1902, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Virginia Union University in 1936 and later received an M.S.W. from Columbia University in 1954. He worked as a missionary teacher in Liberia in the 1920s and drew upon this experience for several of his books. His first book, How God Fix Jonah, a collection of biblical tales told in the Liberian dialect, was published in 1946. He was also the author of the Town series, which focused on the African-American experience in the United States, including racism, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Graham died in 1989.
Something About the Author, vols. 2, 63, 74 Something About the Author Autobiography Series, vol. 5 Children's Literature Review, vol. 10 Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd edition, pp.394-395
6.25 Cubic Feet (5 record cartons and 1 flat portfolio)
Language of Materials
Lorenz Graham's collection contains papers related to his publications for children, as well as correspondence and other materials.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Lorenz Graham.
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Genre / Form
- Lorenz B. Graham Papers, 1945-2000
- Jim Eyer
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- August 2019: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau
Collecting Area Details
Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area
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