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Jean Ferris Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2034

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for 14 young adult books by Jean Ferris published between 1983-2007 and includes: typescripts, proofs, dummies, correspondence, research materials, notes, ephemera, and other related items.


  • 1985-2013, 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

Jean Ferris was born in Kansas in January of 1939. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in speech pathology from Stanford University, before she began publishing her writing for young people in her mid-30s. Her best known works include the Marigold series. She died in October 2015 in San Diego, California, where she had lived much of her adult life.

Biographical Source: Pollock, Cassia. "San Diego’s Jean Ferris, Famed Novelist, Mourned by Children’s Book Society." Times of San Deigo, November 16, 2015.


15 boxes (16.5 linear feet)

Language of Materials



This collection contains production materials for children's and young adult books written by Jean Ferris.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ferris, Jean

Jean Ferris papers, 1985-2013, undated
CLRC staff
May 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • April 2015: Collection reprocessed by Carly Lawrence; EAD updated by Jennifer Shaw and Christopher M True
  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library