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Jean Karl Papers

Identifier: CLRC-597

Scope and Contents

The Jean Karl papers contain typescripts, manuscripts, and proofs related to books written by Karl, primarily science fiction books for children, as well as the nonfiction books From Childhood to Childhood.


  • Creation: 1968 - 1981


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

Jean E. Karl was born July 29, 1927 in Chicago, Ill. She was an author and editor of children's books, known for her work in the science fiction genre. She was the founding editor of the of children and young adult's division at Atheneum in 1961 where she worked until her retirement in 1985. Her writings included science fiction titles for children, as well as non-fiction works on the history and publishing of children's books. Karl died in March 2000.


1.65 Cubic Feet (2 boxes [1 record carton and 1 hollinger box])

Language of Materials



The collection contains written production material for five books written by author and editor Jean Karl.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by published title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jean Karl.

Jean Karl Papers, 1968-1981
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • December 2019: 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