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Clara Ingram Judson Papers

Identifier: CLRC-148

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for 8 titles published between 1950-1959, including 6 biographies of famous Americans, primarily United State presidents. Production materials primarily consist of corrected typescripts, though some titles also have correspondence, notes, and related items.


  • circa 1950-circa 1959


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

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, a 'realistic' story about fairies. Throughout her long and prolific career she wrote 79 books, fiction and non-fiction, for children. Her Mary Jane series and the non-fiction series, They Came From, detailing the experiences of immigrants to America, were very popular with children and critics. Her fictionalized biographies of famous Americans were also popular. Critics praised her extensive research and accuracy. Three of her biographies were Newbery Honor books: Abraham Lincoln, Friend of the People; Theodore Roosevelt, Fighting Patriot; Mr. Justice Holmes, which won in 1951, 1954, and 1957 respectively. She also received other awards for her work, including the first Children's Reading Round Table Award in 1953, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her contribution to children's literature in 1960. She died on May 24, 1960, in Evanston, Illinois.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

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. The collection contains production material for 8 titles, published between 1950-1959.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Judson Rice and Alice Judson Canning, Clara Ingram Judson's daughters.



Clara Ingram Judson Papers, circa 1950-circa 1959
Jim Eyer
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Collecting Area Details

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