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Andrea Davis Pinkney Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2132

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of manuscript materials including corrected typescripts, page proofs, correspondence, ephemera, awards, galleys, publicity and reviews, research and notes related to over fifteen titles written by Andrea Davis Pinkney published between 1993 and 2013. The collection also includes her script for the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, delivered at the University of Minnesota in 2014.


  • Creation: 1990-2014, undated


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

Andrea Davis was born September 25, 1963 in Washington D.C. The combined influence of her mother, a teacher, and her father, a storyteller, along with their involvment in the civil rights movement, inspired Andrea to become a writer for children's books geared towards pride in African-American culture. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1985 with a degree in journalism and worked as an editor for Scholastic and Simon & Schuster, as well as as senior editor at Essence. While working as an editor she met and married Brian Pinkney, a Caldecott Honor-winning children's book illustrator. Andrea is a New York Timesbestselling and award-winning author of many books for children and young adults. Some of her awards include the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 2013 for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, the Network Journal 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award in 2013, and two Coretta Scott King book awards in 2010 and 2013. She currently lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.


2.4 Cubic Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuscript materials for children's books written by Andrea Davis Pinkney, including corrected typescripts, page proofs, correspondence, ephemera, research and notes.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney.

Related Materials

A number of titles written by Andrea Davis Pinkney were illustrated by her husband, Brian Pinkney. For art related to manuscript materials, please refer to the Brian Pinkney Papers.

Andrea Davis Pinkney papers, 1990-2014, undated
Kate Dietrick
October 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 8/2/16: Arbuthnot lecture material added by Caitlin Marineau
  • 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