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Mabel Leigh Hunt Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1831

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production materials for children's books published between 1942 and 1963. Materials include typescripts, notes, clippings, correspondence, and a short story "Strawberry Festival" that goes with the title Ladycake Farm.The correspondence includes letters from Mabel Leigh Hunt's editor, Helen Dean Fisher, and colleagues such as Katherine Milhous, Fritz Eichenberg, Elizabeth Orton Jones, and James Daugherty.


  • 1941 - 1966


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

Mabel Leigh Hunt was born November 1, 1892 in Coatsville, Indiana. She attended DePauw University and Western Reserve University Library School and later worked as a children's librarian. In 1934, she published her first book for children, Lucinda: A Little Girl of 1860. Her books were aimed at "middle aged" readers and many of her works focused on family relationships and social issues, including her book Ladycake Farm(1952), which featured an African-American family. She also wrote biographies, two of which were Newbery Honor books: Better Known as Johnny Appleseedin 1951; and "Have You See Tom Thumb?'"Mabel Leigh Hunt died on September 3, 1971.

Biographical Source: "Mabel Leigh Hunt." Something About the Author, Vol. 1 and 26. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971 and 1982.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for children's books written by Mabel Leigh Hunt.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of this collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. Additional materials were donated directly by Mabel Leigh Hunt.

Mabel Leigh Hunt Papers, 1941-1966
Christina Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • April 2017: Collection reprocessed 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