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M. E. Kerr Papers

Identifier: CLRC-151

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for over 20 titles written by young adult author M. E. Kerr. The collection primarily contains corrected typescripts and proofs, with a small amount of correspondence, jacket proofs, and mechanical paste-ups for some titles.


  • circa 1972-2003


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

M. E. Kerr, the pseudonym of Marijane (Agnes) Meaker, was born May 27, 1928, in Auburn, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the U. of Missouri in 1949 and began working as a freelance writer. She published her first novel, Dark Intruderunder the name Vin Packer, in 1952, and also published adult non-fiction works under the name Ann Aldrich. In 1972 she published her first book for young adults, Dinky Hocker Shoots Smackunder the pseudonym M. E, Kerr. Since them M. E. Kerr has become one of the most popular and highly respected authors in American juvenile literature. Critics praised her as a brilliant and original writer and keen social observer who is not afraid of controversial subjects, and whose books address serious issues in as manner both incisive and entertaining. Critics have also lauded her books for the color and variety of her characterizations, and note that several of her novels are acknowledged landmarks of young adult literature. She continues to publish works for young adults, including the 'Fell' series dealing with the adventures of teenage detective John Fell. She also published Me, Me, Me, Me, Mein 1983, detailing her own teenage years and how many of the people and events from this period found their ways into her novels. She has received several awards for her books and continues to write books for young adults.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Authorvol. 20, 61, 99, 111 (listed under Marijane Meaker); Something About the Author Autobiography Series vol. 1; Children's Literature Reviewvol. 29


5 Cubic Feet (4 record cartons and 1 flat portfolio)

Language of Materials



A collection of proofs and typescripts related to works written by young adult novelist M. E. Kerr.


Collection guide arranged alphanetically by published title.

Accession Information:

Gift of M. E. Kerr (Marijane Meaker)


M. E. Kerr Papers, circa 1972-2003
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • August 2019: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library