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Andrea Davis Pinkney Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2132

Scope and Content

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 published between 1993 and 2013.


  • undated, 1990-2014


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English.

Access and Use

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is requred. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.


Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Sketch

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)


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


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

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 finding aid for Brian Pinkney Papers.



Andrea Davis Pinkney papers, undated, 1990-2014
Kate Dietrick
October 2013
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Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library