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Clara Ingram Judson Papers

Identifier: CLRC-148

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for children's books by Judson, including biographies of famous Americans. Production materials primarily consist of corrected typescripts, though some titles also have correspondence, notes, and related items. The collection also contains scrapbooks and a large amount of clippings and ephemera documenting Judson's professional career, some miscellaneous writings, biographical and family information, diplomas, marriage certificate, and several medals.


  • 1887 - 2009


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

Clara Ingram Judson was born May 4, 1879, in Logansport, Indiana. She graduated from the Girls' Classical School in Indianapolis in 1898. After her marriage and the birth of two children, she began contributing stories and columns to Indiana newspapers and later wrote Bed Time Tales, a feature for children. In 1915 she published her first book for children, Flower Fairies. During her career she wrote both fiction and nonfiction for children. Popular series included the Mary Jane and They Came From series, as well as biographies, several of which earned Newbery Honors. She was awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1960. Judson died in May 1960 in Evanston, Illinois.


3.5 Cubic Feet (5 boxes [2 record cartons, 1 hollinger box, and 2 flat boxes])

Language of Materials



Clara Ingram Judson's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult books, particularly her biographies of famous Americans and U.S. Presidents.


Collection is arranged into two series: 1) Publications and 2) Other materials. Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Box 1 gift of Mary Judson Rice and Alice Judson Canning, Clara Ingram Judson's daughters. Material in boxes 2-5 donated by John K. "Lee" Bell on behalf of Clara Ingram Judson's family.


Clara Ingram Judson Papers, 1887-2009
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • August 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau.
  • April 2022: Material donated by the family of Clara Ingram Judson added to the collection 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