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Carol Fenner Papers

Identifier: CLRC-684

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for nine titles published between 1963 and 1995. Three of the titles were both written and illustrated by Carol Fenner, so for those titles there are both manuscripts and illustrations included.


  • 1963-1995


Language of Materials


Access and Use:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


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Biographical Sketch

Carol Fenner was born September 30, 1929, in Almond, NY, and died of cancer, February 16, 2002, in Battle Creek, MI. She wrote nearly a dozen children's book, beginning in 1963 with Tigers in the Cellar, which she also illustrated. She earned several literary awards, including a Newbery Honor Book award in 1996 for Yolanda's Genius. Gorilla, Gorilla, which relates the true story of a lonely gorilla who lived in a Tokyo zoo, won a Christopher Medal and was Library of Congress "book of the year" in 1973. Phyllis Fenner, a librarian, anthologist, reviewer, and writer about books for young people, was her aunt. Carol credited her with being a "delightful and unpretentious influence." Biographical Source: Something About the Author, Vol. 89, p. 64-67 and Vol. 132, p. 76


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The collection contains production material for nine titles.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

Gift of Carol Fenner
Carol Fenner Papers
Larry Peterson, May 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library