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Madeleine L'Engle Papers

Identifier: CLRC-47

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production materials for nearly a dozen titles written by L'Engle, including works for both children and adults, as well as a book of poetry. The material primarily includes typescripts and proofs, as well as some correspondence, and typescripts for speeches.


  • circa 1960-circa 1990


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

Madeleine L'Engle (Camp) was born November 29, 1918 in New York, New York. She attended Smith College, graduating with an A.B. in 1941. L'Engle was active in the theater during the 1940s as an actress and playwright and published her first play, 18 Washington Square South, in 1944. She also began writing children's and adult fiction during the 1940s, publishing her first adult novel, Ilsa, in 1944 and her first children's book, And Both Were Young, in 1949. In 1962 her best known book, A Wrinkle in Time, was published and won the Newbery Award the following year. L'Engle has continued to publish works for children and young adults, as well as verse, fiction and nonfiction for adults. In 1990, Ms. L'Engle was awarded the Kerlan Award, given by the Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota in recognition of her achievements in children's literature. L'Engle died in 2007.


2.5 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons)

Language of Materials



The collection contains typescripts and related material for titles written by Madeleine L'Engle.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by published title, with speeches at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Madeleine L'Engle.

Madeleine L'Engle Papers, circa 1960-circa 1990
David E. Byer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • September 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library