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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Papers

Identifier: CLRC-59

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials for over sixty fiction and nonfiction books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. It includes holographs (manuscripts), typescripts, layout notes, page and gallery proofs, correspondence both to and from Naylor, notes, photocopies of illustrations, publishers' dummies, research materials, clippings, and reviews. There are also audio and videocassettes, and a selection of artwork by children.


  • 1958 - 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

Phyllis Reynolds (Schield) Naylor, was born January 4, 1933 in Anderson, Indiana. She attended Joliet Junior College and received her B.A. from American University in 1963. Naylor began writing as a child, submitting stories to church and other magazines. She became a full-time writer in 1960 and in 1965 she published her first book for children, The Galloping Goat and Other Stories. In 1992 she received the Newbery Award for Shiloh, about a boy and the dog he loves and tries to protect from its cruel owner. She has written in a variety of genres, including humorous novels, fantasy, mystery, and contemporary stories, and is also known for her Alice series.

Naylor was awarded the Kerlan Award by the University of Minnesota in 1995.

She currently lives in Maryland.


52 Cubic Feet (43 boxes)

Language of Materials



Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's papers focus on the background, writing, revision, and publication of over sixty of her books for children and young adults, as well nonfiction works for adults.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Papers, 1958-2018
Christine Schonhart and Larry Peterson
2004, 2009
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Revision Statements

  • February 13, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard, EAD updated by Teresa Tjepkes.
  • July 2019: New material added and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library