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Richard Peck Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1346

Scope and Contents

Contains typescripts and proofs for five children's books written by Richard Peck.


  • 1974 - 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 / Historical

Richard Peck was born April 5, 1934, in Decatur, IL. He is an award-winning author of young adult novels that explore various contemporary issues. He has also written a series of historical novels for junior high rieaders, and his "Blossom Culp" books delve into the supernatural. In addition, he as written humor, mystery and horror YA novels, as well as adult novels. In the 1960s Peck taught English and edited textbooks, before going into writing in the early 1970s.

In 2001 he was awarded the Newbery Medal for his novel A Year Down Yonder. Peck died in 2018 in New York.

Biographical Source:

"Richard (Wayne) Peck (1934-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 97. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1998.


.8 Cubic Feet (2 hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



The Richard Peck papers contain drafts and production material for children's books by Richard Peck.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard Peck.

Related Materials

See the Will Hobbs papers for personal correspondence between Peck and Hobbs.

Richard Peck Papers, 1974-1990
Larry Peterson, December 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • November 2017: Collection reprocessed 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