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Scott O'Dell Papers

Identifier: CLRC-173

Scope and Content

This collection consists of manuscript materials related to numerous publications by Scott O'Dell; materials are dated 1957 to 2008 and include correspondence, typescripts, corrected typescripts, holographs, galleys, corrected galley proofs, page proofs, corrected dummies, proofs for cover art, clippings, research materials, reviews, notes, and typescript for an acceptance speech.


  • undated, 1957-2008


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Access and Use

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.


Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Sketch

Scott O'Dell was born May 23, 1898 in Los Angeles, California as O'dell Gabriel Scott. Best known as a children's historical fiction writer, O'Dell had a varied career. He was a technical director for Paramount Studios, a cameraman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a book columnist for the Los Angeles Mirror, a book editor for the Los Angeles Daily News, and, beginning in 1934, a full time author. During World War II he served in the United States Air Force. Among other awards, his books have earned several Newbery Honor Awards, the Newbery Medal in 1961 for Island of the Blue Dolphins, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1972. In 1972 O'Dell became the second American to receive the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. He created the annual Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction award in 1981 to encourage the production of historical fiction. O'Dell passed away in 1989 of prostate cancer, at the age of 91, having nearly finished My Name Is Not Angelica, and after finishing the holograph for Thunder Rolling in the Mountains.


13 boxes (14.95 cubic feet)


This collection consists of manuscript materials related to 29 publications by children's book author Scott O'Dell.


Publications are arranged into two series:

Series 1: Publications - arranged alphabetically

Series 2: Miscellaneous

Source of acquisition

Gift of O'Dell, Scott

Related Materials

See Sara Schwebel Papers on Scott O'Dell for collation of Island of the Blue Dolphins typescripts used to create the Island of the Blue Dolphins: Complete Readers Edition, published in 2016.
Scott O'Dell papers, undated, 1957-2008
Finding aid created by CLRC staff
2009, 2014
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library