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Irene Hunt Papers

Identifier: CLRC-39

Scope and Contents

The Irene Hunt Papers contain corrected typescripts and proofs related to five novels written for young people by author Irene Hunt.


  • circa 1964-circa 1980


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

Irene Hunt was born May 18, 1907. She attended the University of Illinois, graduating in 1939. Ms. Hunt later attended the University of Minnesota, receiving a M.A. in 1946. She taught for many years at the secondary and college level and began writing for children and young adults in the 1960s. She published her first book, Across Five Aprils,in 1964. This novel of the effects of the Civil War on one family was well received and was a Newbery Honor Book. Ms. Hunt's second book, Up a Road Slowly,published in 1966 won the Newbery Award in 1967. Both works focus on the tribulations of adolescence and are written with compassion, honesty and realism. Ms. Hunt is perhaps best known for her historical fiction and the vivid, accurate detail she achieves and in her portrayals of both historical and contemporary topics and insightful characterizations.


.8 Cubic Feet (2 hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains typescripts and proofs related to juvenile novels written by Irene Hunt.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Irene Hunt.

Irene Hunt Papers, circa 1964-circa 1980
Christina Cowan
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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