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Sid Fleischman Papers

Identifier: CLRC-128

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of manuscript materials for over forty books by author Sid Fleischman. The materials correspondence, proofs of illustrations, holographs, dummies, clippings, notes, research include typescripts, proofs, correspondence, notes, promotional, and other related materials.


  • Creation: 1943-2010, undated


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

Albert Sidney Fleischman was born on March 16, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, Sid Fleischman published nearly sixty titles over his career. As a child he was interested in stage magic and traveled the country in vaudeville productions during the Great Depression. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Fleischman finished college at San Diego State College and went on to work with the San Diego Daily Journalas a reporter. After the publication folded Fleischman began writing adventure novels which eventually led to screenwriting after director William Wellman picked up Blood Alley and recruited Fleischman to adapt it for screen. In 1962 Fleischman wrote Mr. Mysterious and Company, which was the first of many books he wrote that melded his interests in history and magic together for a children's audience. In 1987 he won a Newbery Medal for The Whipping Boy, and in 1994 was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his career contribution as a children's writer. With his wife Betty, Fleischman had three children, including a son, Paul Fleischman, who also writes children books. Sid and Paul are the only parent and child who have both won the Newbery Medal. Sid died on March 17, 2010.


9.55 Cubic Feet (9 boxes [7 record cartons and 2 hollinger boxes])

Language of Materials



This collection consists of drafts for publishcations by Sid Fleischman, as well as correspondence and related items.


The collection guide is arranged into two series:

Series 1: Publications (listed alphabetically)

Series 2: Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sid Fleischman and Paul Fleischman.

Sid Fleischman papers, 1943-2010, undated
CLRC staff
June 2004, March 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • March 2014: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • June 2021: New material added and description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library