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Eleanor Lattimore Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1376

Scope and Contents

The collection includes original illustrations and production material associated with nine children's books written and illustrated by Lattimore.


  • 1962-1975


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

Eleanor Frances Lattimore was born June 30, 1904, in Shanghai, China, the daughter of American nationals. She grew up in China and came to the United States with her parents in 1920. She was educated at home by her father David (a professor at Chinese universities, and later at Dartmouth college). She studied art at California School of Arts and Crafts, 1920-22, at Art Students League and Grand Central School of Art, New York, NY, 1924.

After art school she worked as a free-lance artist until 1930. From 1930 she became known as the illustrator and writer of numerous children's books, often creating stories based on her experiences growing up in China. Many of Lattimore's more than fifty titles were translated into foreign languages and transcribed into braille. She died May 12, 1986 in Raleigh, SC.

Biographical Sources:

"Eleanor Frances Lattimore." Something About the Author. Vol. 7 and 48. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1975 and 1987.


4 boxes

Language of Materials



Eleanor Frances Lattimore's papers focus on her work as a creator of children's books. The collection includes materials for nine titles published between 1962 and 1975

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was contributed by Eleanor Frances Lattimore between the years 1968-77.

Eleanor Frances Lattimore Papers, 1962-1975
David Byer
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Revision Statements

  • July 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library