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William Lipkind (Will) Papers

Identifier: CLRC-51

Scope and Contents

The collection contians production material for sixteen titles published between 1950-1964. The collection primarily includes corrected typescripts, text proofs, and F&G (Folded and Gathered) proofs, though the collection also contains a small amount of other related materials.


  • 1950-1964


Access and Use:

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

William Lipkind, who wrote many of his books under the pseudonym "Will", was born December 17, 1904 in New York City. He attended City College, B.A. 1927 and Columbia University, Ph.D in 1937. As an anthropologist, Lipkind did research among the Caraja and Javahe Indians in Brazil; he later taught at the university level. He began his career as an author of children's books in 1947. Lipkind collaborated with illustrator Nicolas Mordvinoff on many books, publishing under the names "Will and Nicolas," and the team achieved critical and commercial success. In 1951 their picture book, The Two Reds, was a runner-up for the Caldecott Award and the following year they won the award for Finders Keepers. Lipkind also wrote young adult fiction, mostly historical adventures that drew upon his background in anthropology and interest in different cultures. William Lipkind died on October 2, 1974


.4 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box)

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William Lipkind's papers focus on the writing and publication of sixteen of his books for children published between 1950 and 1964.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Accession Information:

The collection is a gift from William Lipkind, received in 1968

Gift of: Lipkind, William

Related Materials

For illustrative material for many of Lipkind's titles, see the Nicolas Mordvinoff Papers.

William Lipkind (Will) Papers, 1950-1963
Christina Cowan, January 1995; updated by David E. Byer in August, 2005.
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Collecting Area Details

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