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Juanita Havill Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1122

Scope and Content

The collection contains production material for twenty-three published and unpublished titles. Production materials include holographs including some bound in notebooks, corrected holographs and typescripts, typescripts, corrected typescripts including photocopy and carbon typescripts, corrected galley proofs, front matter, notes, and research and miscellaneous material. The collection also contains a small amount of correspondence.


  • 1984-2009


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Restrictions on Access

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Sketch

Juanita Havill was born May 11, 1949 in Evansville, Indiana. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign receiving her B.A in 1971 and her M.A in 1973. Juanita Havill worked as a translator for companies in France and the United States and also worked as an instructor and lecturer in the United States. Juanita Havill had begun writing as a child and after her own children were born she "settled down to write." In 1984 under the pseudonym Jennifer Havel she published The Wacky Rulebook, a "Parker Brothers storeybook" about behavior. In 1986, she published her first picture book for children, Jamaica's Find, under her own name. The book received several awards including the 1987 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer award. In 1991, Juanita Hall received a Minnesota Book Award nomination for Leona and Ike (1990). Juanita Havill writes both picture books and stories for older children. Her books, many of which feature the same characters such as Jamaica, are warm stories that focus on issues such as sibling relationships, responsibility, and school happenings that relevant and understandable to young readers. Her stories also feature characters, including African Americans and Mexican Americans, from various ethnic backgrounds. Juanita Havill has also written a fairy tale Kentucky Troll(1993), the story of a Swedish troll who tries to live in disguise amongst his new neighbors in Kentucky.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 74, pp. 117-118.


1.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


Juanita Havill's papers focus on her work as an author of children's books. The collection contains production material for twenty-three titles.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Havill, Juanita
Juanita Havill Papers, 1984-2009
Elizabeth Langley, Updated By: Ruth Paloma
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Collecting Area Details

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