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Donna Jo Napoli Papers

Identifier: CLRC-885

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production materials for several dozen titles written by Donna Jo Napoli published between 1998 and 2020. Production materials consist of corrected typescripts, notes, and page proofs. The collection also includes correspondence and notes.


  • 1992 - 2020


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

Donna Jo Napoli was born February 28, 1948 in Miami, Florida. She attended Harvard where she received her B.A. in mathematics in 1970, and her Ph.D in Romance Languages and Literature in 1973. She has worked as a lecturer in philosophy, linguistics, and mathematics throughout her career and has been a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College, Smith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she eventually earned tenure and became a full professor in 1984. She is currently the head of the Linguistics department at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia.

While Napoli's first publications were in the field of linguistics, her first children's book, The Hero of Barletta, an adaptation of a traditional Italian folk tale, was published in 1988. She has written about fairy tales, history, music, and mysteries for children and young adults. She lives in Pennsylvania.


8.75 Cubic Feet (7 record cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of papers that focus on the writing, revision and publication of several dozen of her books for children, young adults, and middle-grade readers.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Donna Jo Napoli.

Donna Jo Napoli Papers, 1992-2020
CLRC staff
2004, 2009, 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • January 2014, May 2015: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick; Updated by Caitlin Marineau
  • September 2016: New material added and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau
  • February 2020: New material added 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