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Edith Thacher Hurd papers

Identifier: CLRC-41

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of production material for over 50 children's books by Edith Thacher Hurd published between 1938-1983, as well as production material for several unpublished works and other writings. Production material includes manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, page proofs, notes, research material, dummies, jackets, royalty statements, and reviews. Many of the titles in this collection were done in collaboration with Clement Hurd, and much of the correspondence is to and from both Clement and Edith Hurd. Some material is created in collaboration with Margaret Wise Brown.


  • 1938-1985


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

Edith Thacher Hurd was born on September 14, 1910 in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1933 and attended the Bank Street College of Education in 1934. As a member of the Writer's Laboratory at Bank Street College, she met a number of other aspiring writers who would become well-known as children's authors, including her future collaborator Margaret Wise Brown. In 1938 she published her first book for children, Hurry, Hurry: A Tale of Calamity and Woe, or, a Lesson in Leisure, later reissued for the I Can Read series with illustrations by her husband, Clement Hurd, in 1960. During the next decade, Edith Thacher Hurd collaborated with Margaret Wise Brown under the joint pseudonym Juniper Sage, working together on several books. Edith Thacher Hurd also had a long working partnership with her husband. The Hurds produced a number of books between the 1940s and 1980s, many of which dealt with nature and animals, including their Mother Animal series. The Hurds also collaborated with their son, the children's author Thacher Hurd, on Little Dog, Dreaming in 1967. She died on January 25, 1997 in Walnut Creek, California.


4.58 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of production material for fifty-two children's books created by Edith Thacher Hurd published between 1938-1983, as well as production material for several unpublished works and other writings.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edith Thacher Hurd with additional material donated by her son, Thacher Hurd.

Related Materials

Correspondence and related materials can be found in the Clement Hurd papers.



Edith Thacher Hurd Papers, 1938-1985
Christina Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • Ocotober 29, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Teresa Tjepkes, EAD updated by Teresa Tjepkes.
  • March 2023: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library