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Will Hobbs Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2118

Scope and Content

This collection consist of production materials by Will Hobbs for published titles, and includes corrected typescripts, correspondence, research materials, and notes. The collection also contains two folders of personal correspondence between Hobbs (and his wife, Jean Hobbs) and author Richard Peck.


  • Creation: 1978 - 2018


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

Will Hobbs is the author of over twenty novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture book stories. Seven of his novels, Bearstone, Downriver, The Big Wander, Beardance, Far North, The Maze, and Jason's Gold, were named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. ALA also named Far Northand Downriverto their list of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of the Twentieth Century. Ghost Canoe received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in l998 for Best Young Adult Mystery.

A graduate of Stanford University and former reading and language arts teacher, Will has been a full-time writer since 1990. He lives with his wife Jean in Durango, Colorado. Biographical Source:


3.75 Cubic Feet (3 record cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of production material related to works written by author Will Hobbs.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title, with personal correspondence at the end.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Will Hobbs

Related Materials

For additional material related to Richard Peck, see the Richard Peck papers.

Will Hobbs Papers, 1978-2018
Heidi Anoszko and CLRC staff
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • January 2014: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard, EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library