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James Lincoln Collier Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1103

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production materials for thirteen books by Collier published between 1967 and 1983, including four written with James's brother, Christopher Collier. The collection consists of typescripts, notes, research, and proofs.


  • 1975-1983, undated


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

Journalist, author, and musician James Lincoln Collier was born June 27, 1928 in New York City and graduated from Hamilton College with an AB in 1950. He worked as a writer and magazine editor before writing his first book for children and young adults, Battleground: The United States Army in World War II, in 1965. Throughout his career, James Lincoln Collier has written both nonfiction and fiction, including several books of historical fiction with his brother Christopher Collier. Their book My Brother Sam Is Dead was a Newbery Honor book. He has written multiple books on jazz music, including biographies, and in addition to his writing career, Collier was a jazz musician and played the trombone professionally.


2 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection includes production material for books written by James Lincoln Collier.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Lincoln Collier, who placed this collection on permanent loan at the University of Minnesota in 1981 with additional material added in 1984.

James Lincoln Collier Papers, 1975-1983, undated
Christina Cowan, Leslie Czechowski, and CLRC staff
October 2004 and December 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • December 2013: Collection reprocessed by Victoria Rieck; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library