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Lensey Namioka Papers

Identifier: CLRC-169

Scope and Contents

The collection contains corrected typescripts for fourteen books written by Lensey Namioka, published between 1989 and 2006.


  • 1988-circa 2006


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

Lensey (Chao) Namioka, was born June 14, 1929 in Peking, China. She studied at Radcliffe College from 1947-1949 and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951 and received her master's degree in 1952. Lensey Namioka worked as a mathematics instructor and translator before turning to writing in the 1970s. In 1976, she published her first books for juveniles, The Samurai and the Long-Nosed Devils and White Serpent Castle. Many of her works focus on Chinese and Japanese heritage (where her husband, mathematician Isaac Namioka, was from). Namioka lives in Seattle, Washington.

Biographical source:

"Lensey Namioka (1929-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 273. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2019.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



Lensey Namioka's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult fiction. The collection contains production material titles published between 1989 and 2006.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lensey Namioka.

Lensey Namioka Papers, 1988-circa 2004
Christine Schonhart
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • August 2018: Collection reprocessed 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