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Lois Duncan Papers

Identifier: CLRC-495

Scope and Contents

The Lois Duncan Papers contain typescripts and related production material for seven books written by Duncan, including picture books, novels, and nonfiction works.


  • 1970-circa 1995


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

Author Lois Duncan was born in 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began writing early in life, and published her first story in 1947 in the magazine Calling All Girls. One of her first novels, Debutante Hill, was published in 1958. In the 1970s she earned a BA from the University of New Mexico.

Although she wrote for a wide variety of ages, she is best known for her young adult suspense and thriller novels, including I Know What You Did Last Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin. In 1989 her youngest daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, was murdered, and, in hope that it would help lead to information about the crime, Duncan published a nonfiction work, Who Killed My Daughter? in 1992.

Several of her books have been adapted into feature films, including I Know What You Did Last Summer and Hotel for Dogs. Duncan died in 2016.

Biographical source: "Lois Duncan (1934-2016)." Something About the Author. Vol. 310. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2017.


.8 Cubic Feet (2 hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material related to seven titles written by author Lois Duncan.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lois Duncan

Lois Duncan Papers, 1970-circa 1995
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

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

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

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