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Robert Lipsyte Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2013

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written material for three young adult titles by Robert Lipsyte, including typescripts, page proofs, and clippings.


  • Creation: 1967 - 1976


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

Robert Lipsyte was born January 16, 1938, in New York, NY. He became a sports writer and columnist for the New York Times newspaper. As a writer of young adult sports literature, he became part of what has come to be recognized as a revolution in the genre. Earlier sports novels tended to be predictable, action-oriented, and filled with one dimensional characters. Lipsyte transformed the sports novel into a realistic coming-of-age story. His characters are real people who have to contend with ordinary problems in areas of their lives other than sports. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work./

Biographical Sources:

"Robert Lipsyte." Something About the Author. Vols. 5, 68, 113. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971, 1992, 2000.

Children's Literature Review. Vol. 76. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1988.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



The Robert Lipsyte Papers contain written material for three young adult books written by Lipsyte.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert Lipsyte.

Robert Lipsyte Papers, 1967-1976
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • January 2017: 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