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Ellen Wittlinger Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2045

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of manuscript materials for juvenile and young adult publications by Ellen Wittlinger, and includes typescripts, manuscripts, correspondence, research materials, notes, and proofs for works published between 1992 and 2017.


  • Creation: 1992 - 2017


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

Ellen Wittlinger was born October 21, 1948 in Belleville, Illinois and attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Iowa. In 1979 her poetry book, Breakers, was published, but it wasn't until afater she had children and worked as a children's librarian that she aimed to write for young adults. Her first novel, Lombardo's Law, was published in 1993. Her 2000 publication, Hard Love, was a Printz Honor book and also won a Lambda Literary Award. Wittlinger lives in western Massachusetts; her personal website can be found at


6.25 Cubic Feet (5 record cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuscript materials related to novels and short stories by Ellen Wittlinger published between 1995 and 2017.


Collection guide is arranged alphabetically by publication title, with short stories/articles and miscellaneous material at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ellen Wittlinger.

Ellen Wittlinger papers, 1992-2017
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
July 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • July 2014: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • September 2016: Finding Aid updated by Caitlin Marineau
  • April 2019: New material added and collection guide updated

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library