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Gary Paulsen Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1339

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, proofs, and related production material for fiction and non-fiction works by Gary Paulsen, written for children and teenagers.


  • 1987 - 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 / Historical

Gary Paulsen was born May 17, 1939, in Minneapolis, MN. He has been a writer since the 1960s, but prior to that he worked at a wide variety of jobs. Much of his young adult fiction is set in wilderness or rural areas and features teenagers who arrive at self-awareness by way of experiences in nature, including works such as Hatchet. In 1997 he was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring an author's lifetime acheivement in writing books for teens.

Biographical Source:

"Gary Paulsen (1939-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 111. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2000.


7.5 Cubic Feet (6 record cartons)

Language of Materials



Gary Paulsen's papers focus on his work as an author of children's books, containing production material related to titles published by Paulsen.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by titles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given to the University of Minnesota by Gary Paulsen and his agent.

Gary Paulsen Papers, 1987-2005
Larry Peterson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • November 2018: Collection reprocessed by Ellen Sugg 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