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Aileen Fisher Papers

Identifier: CLRC-820

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts and proofs for the books of poetry Out in the Dark and Daylight and When it Comes to Bugs, as well as sheet music and program for a Nativity choral program Fisher wrote the text for called By the Prophets Foretold. The bulk of the collection is composed of clippings and scrapbooks, primarily clippings of Fisher's published poems and puzzles. The papers also contain some correspondence.


  • 1927 - 1990


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

Aileen Fisher was born September 9, 1906, in Iron River, MI, and died December 2, 2002 in Boulder, CO. She was an award-winning author of over one hundred children's books. She wrote in various genres, including poetry, plays, short stories, picture books, and biographies. She was especially praised for her verses for children, which often evoked her love for nature. Critics described her poems as "brief, fresh, deft, and often illuminating." Several of her books were selected by the American Library Association as notable books. Valley of the Smallest: The Life Story of a Shrew(1966) was also named as a Hans Christian Andersen Honor Book. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, Vol. 143, p. 42Something About the Author, Vol. 73, p. 65


1.65 Cubic Feet (2 boxes (1 record carton and 1 hollinger box))

Language of Materials



The Aileen Fisher papers contains written production material for several titles written by Fisher, as well as clippings and correspondence related to her career as a writer and poet for children.


The collection is arranged into the following series:

1) By the Prophets Foretold (choral work) 2) Out in the Dark and Daylight 3) When it Comes to Bugs 4) Correspondence 5) Clippings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Aileen Fisher

Aileen Fisher Papers, 1927-1990
Larry Peterson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library