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Adrien Stoutenburg Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1922

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, proofs, correspondence, research notes, and other related production material for children's books written by Adrien Stoutenburg. Several of the titles were coauthored with Laura Nelson Baker.


  • 1951 - 1978


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

Children's writer and poet Adrien Stoutenberg was born December 1, 1916, in Darfur, Minnesota. She attended the Minneapolis School of Art, and variously worked as a journalist, librarian, and editor. She was a well known poet and also wrote numerous books for children, including many non-fiction works. She occasionally collaborated with Laura Nelson Baker, and published under pseudonyms, including Nelson Minier and Lace Kendall. Stoutenburg died in 1982.


3.75 Cubic Feet (3 record cartons)

Language of Materials



The collection contains written material for works authored by Adrien Stoutenburg, including titles she wrote in collaboration with Laura Nelson Baker.


Collection guide is arranged alphabetically by published title, with miscellaneous correspondence and reviews at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Some material was initially donated to the collection by Irvin Kerlan, with additional materials donated directly by Adrien Stoutenburg.

Related Materials

Related material can be found in the Laura Nelson Baker Papers.

Adrien Stoutenburg also has collections held at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Adrien Stoutenburg Papers, 1951-1978
Jim Eyer
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • August 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau
  • July 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library