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Doris Buchanan Smith Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1841

Scope and Contents

The Doris Buchanan Smith Papers contains drafts and related material for seven books for children written by Smith, as well as correspondence, fan mail from children, and other related items.


  • circa 1973-1991


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

Doris Buchanan Smith ws born June 1, 1934, in Washington, D.C., and died August 8, 2002, in Atlanta Georgia. She lived most of her life in Georgia. She attended South Georgia College from 1952-1953, but never entered the job market. Instead, she married and became a full-time mother, and also, over the years, a foster mother to over 200 children. In the early 1970s she used her knowledge and understanding of children and adolescents to write a series of realistic young adult novels which dealt with issues such as death, divorce, child abuse, and dyslexia.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 28, 75, 140, Something About the Author Autobiographty Series, vol. 10.


4 Cubic Feet (4 boxes [3 record cartons, 1 half hollinger box])

Language of Materials



The collection contains written production material for seven children's books by Doris Buchanan Smith, as well as correspondence and other materials related to Smith's writing.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title, followed by Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Doris Buchanan Smith.

Doris Buchanan Smith Papers, circa 1973-1991
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • January 2018: Collection reprocessed by Eliza Edwards 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