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Mary Calhoun Papers

Identifier: CLRC-707

Scope and Contents

Mary Calhoun's papers focus on her work as an author of children's books. The collection includes manuscript materials for numerous titles and includes typescripts, proofs, notes, clippings, illustrations, and correspondence. Included are materials for her first Katie John book (1960) plus numerous others.


  • Creation: 1957 - 2001


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

Mary Huiskamp Calhoun was born in Keokuk, Iowa in 1926. After graduating from the State University of Iowa in 1948 she worked as a newspaper reporter in Omaha, Nebraska and Gresham, Oregon.

Her first children's book, Making the Mississippi Shout, was published in 1957 and reflected her lifelong love of the river near which she was raised. She is known for her Katie John books that developed from childhood memories of her great-grandfather's big brick house on a bluff above the Mississippi River.

Biographical source: "Mary (Huiskamp) Calhoun (1926-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 2. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971.


4 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Mary Calhoun papers contain materials related to children's books written by Calhoun.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Calhoun.

Related Materials

A small collection of Calhoun's manuscripts for Magic in the Alley, is available at the University of Iowa Libraries.

Mary Calhoun Papers, 1957-2001
Leslie Czechowski
March 2004
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Revision Statements

  • May 2013: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated.
  • May 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library