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Mary Downing Hahn Papers

Identifier: CLRC-567

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, proofs, correspondence, and related production material for young adult novels written by Mary Downing Hahn.


  • 1979 - 2005


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 Sketch

Mary Downing Hahn was born in December 1939 in Washington, D.C. Hahn attended the University of Maryland and received a BA in 1960 and an MA in 1969, with further graduate study 1970-1974. She married her first husband, William E. Hahn in October, 1961 and had two children. In 1976, she and Hahn divorced. In 1982, she married Norman Pearce Jacob. Hahn's varied career has included writer, artist, librarian, and art teacher. Hahn has devoted her time to writing juvenile and young adult literature since 1991. A number of her works have received honors and awards.

Source: Something About the Author, v.131. Detroit: Gale Research, 2003.


5 Cubic Feet (4 record cartons)

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for juvenile titles written by author Mary Downing Hahn.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Downing Hahn.

Mary Downing Hahn Papers, 1979-2005
Felicity Hanson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • December 2019: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library