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William Sleator Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2133

Scope and Contents

This collection includes materials related to various titles by William Sleator, both full-length and short stories, published between 1970 and 2011. Materials related to publications include typescripts and corrected typescripts, book reviews and clippings, notes, galley proofs, and correspondence with editors. Additional materials include personal correspondence, some discussing his personal life and relationships, contracts, research materials, and book ideas.


  • 1969 - 2010


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

Willam Sleator was born William Warner Sleator III on February 13, 1945 in Maryland. His books, written primarily for young readers, often dealt with science fiction, frequently intertwining family relationships into the often suspenseful plot. Sleator graduated from Harvard University in 1967 with a degree in English and eventually published his first children's story, The Angry Moon, in 1970. His novel Blackbriarsoon followed in 1972. Originally interested in music, Sleator worked as a rehersal pianist for the Boston Ballet, starting in 1974; it wasn't until 1983 that Sleator left to focus on writing full-time. Sleator split his time between Boston, Massachusetts, and a rural village in Thailand where he lived with his partner, Siang Chitsa-Ard. He passed away in Bua Chet, Thailand on August 3, 2011.


15 Cubic Feet (12 record cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of typescripts and galley proofs related to titles written by William Sleator, both full length and short stories, published between 1970 and 2011. There is also related correspondence, book reviews, research materials and clippings, as well as personal papers and correspondence.


The collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Writings
  2. Administrative and Correspondence

Publications that are known short stories, as well as any know working titles, are noted in the collection contents listing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Daniel Sleator.

Related Materials

Additional William Sleator correspondence can be found in the H.M. Hoover Papers.

William Sleator Papers, 1969-2010
Kate Dietrick
October 2013
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Revision Statements

  • 2016: Additional material added and collection guide updated 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