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Eleanor Cameron papers

Identifier: CLRC-11

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials for 21 books, published between 1950 and 1993, as well as unpublished works, including Summer Lightning, later used as the basis for To the Green Mountains. The collection includes holographs (manuscripts), typescripts, proofs, notes, reviews, some illustrative material, articles, a photocopy of an award notice, and correspondence and typescripts of speeches. The latter are found with the material for The Green and Burning Treeas is the bulk of the correspondence, which includes some from other writers.


  • 1930-2003, 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

Eleanor (Butler) Cameron was born March 23, 1912 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For many years, she worked as a library clerk and later as a librarian. In the 1950s, Cameron began to write fiction for adults and children. She published her first book, The Unheard Music, an adult novel in 1950; her first work for children, a science fiction adventure called The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, was published in 1954. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Cameron continued to write fiction for children and young adults, including more science fiction and fantasy. In her later books, Cameron began to focus more on the psychological and emotional struggles of pre-adolescents, particularly girls. In her semi-autobiographical Julia novels, Cameron focuses on the difficulties of growing up. Some of her other novels continued this trend and also added elements of mystery, fantasy, and the ghost story. Eleanor Cameron has also served as a member of the editorial boards of several magazines for children and about children's literature, including Cricketand Children's Literature in Education. She published The Green and Burning Tree, a critical study of children's literature in 1969. Cameron continued to write throughout the 1980s, and in 1985 received the Kerlan Award, sponsored by the Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota.


18 Cubic Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of papers that trace the genesis, process, and revision of Eleanor Cameron's books for children and young adults as well as some of her books for adults. The collection includes holographs (manuscripts), typescripts, notes, galley proofs, reviews and correspondence, as well as typescripts of several of her speeches on the subject of children's literature, and several illustrations..


The collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Writings and Publications
  2. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Eleanor Cameron, received in several installments beginning in 1975 and continuing throughout the 1980s.

Eleanor Cameron Papers, 1930-2003, undated
Christina Cowan, December 1994; revised, Charles Thomas, September 1999
1994, 1999
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • December 2013: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • April 2023: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library