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Jon Scieszka papers

Identifier: CLRC-2147

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of production and marketing materials pertaining to books and articles by the children’s author Jon Scieszka. The materials include typescripts, correspondence, manuscripts, notes, research, marketing materials, folded and gathereds, clippings, dummies, videotaped interviews, shirts, caps, stuffed characters, and bags. The collection also includes production material for two television series that Scieszka helped create. There are also items that relate to Scieszka’s role as the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in the US, including a cape.


  • Creation: 1975 - 2017


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

Jon Scieszka was born on September 8, 1954 in Flint, Michigan. He received a B.A. in English and pre-med from Albion College in Michigan and an M.F.A. from Columbia University in fiction writing. Along with writing children's books, Scieszka is a founder of the web-based literacy program Guys Read, whose mission is "to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers." He was named the very first U.S. National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress for 2008-2009. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife Jerilyn Hansen, an interior designer.


14.46 Cubic Feet (12 Record Cartons, 2 Flat Boxes, 2 Tubes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of production and marketing materials pertaining to works by Jon Scieszka.


  1. Author materials
  2. Individual publications
  3. Series publications

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jon Scieszka.

Related Materials

For original art materials of Jon Scieczka publications illustrated by Lane Smith, please refer to the finding aid for the Lane Smith Papers.

Jon Scieszka Papers, 1975-2017
Kate Dietrick
June 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • February 20, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Kate Dietrick, EAD updated by Teresa Tjepkes.
  • 2017: New material added and finding aid updated by Kristell Benson
  • 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