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Russell Freedman Papers

Identifier: CLRC-848

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for eleven titles published between 1980 and 1999. Included is typescript, front matter, galley proofs, correspondence, notes, and other material. Fifteen compact discs relating to the first fifty years of Holiday House publishing are also included.


  • 1980-1999


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


This collection is 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.

Biographical Sketch

Russell Freedman was born October 11, 1929, in San Francisco, CA. He is the author of more than forty nonfiction books for children, and he has been honored with many major awards. When he received the Newbery Medal for Lincoln: A Photobiography, he became the first nonfiction author in thrity-two years to win that award. Only a handful of nonfiction writers has been awarded the medal since it was first presented in 1922. In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for the entire body of his work. Freedman has written on subjects such as famous teenagers, animal behavior, and American presidents. His books are noted for their understandable and entertaining presentation of often-complex information. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, Volume 123, p. 37-43


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Russell Freedman's papers focus on his wrok as a nonfiction writer for children. The collection contains production material for 11 titles published between 1980 and 1999. Also included are fifteen compact discs titled Holiday House: The First Fifty Years/Russell Freedman.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Russell Freedman first placed material on permanent loan to the Kerlan Collection in 1996. He did so again in 2002 with additional manuscripts.
Russell Freedman Papers
Larry Peterson, October 2004
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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