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John D. Fitzgerald Papers

Identifier: CLRC-127

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production materials, including typescripts, correspondence, proofs, and notes, for five titles published between 1967 and 1973 in John D. Fitzgerald's series of Great Brain books.


  • Creation: circa 1967-circa 1973


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

John Dennis Fitzgerald was born in 1907 in Utah. He worked as journalist, editor, and author for many years and published his first book for children The Great Brainin 1967. This book and the others in the "Great Brain" series were based on the author's childhood with his brother, Tom. Fitzgerald died on May 21, 1988.

Biographical Sources:

"John D(ennis) Fitzgerald (1907-1988)." Something About the Author. Vol. 56. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1989.


.8 Cubic Feet (2 hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



John D. Fitzgerald's papers focus on his work as an outhor of children's books. The collection contains production material for five titles published between 1967 and 1973 in his Great Brain series.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John D. Fitzgerald.

John D. Fitzgerald Papers, circa 1967-circa 1973
Christina Cowan, November 1998 and Larry Peterson, June 2004
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Revision Statements

  • August 2018: 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