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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


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

William Lipkind, who wrote many of his books under the pseudonym "Will", was born December 17, 1904 in New York City. He earned his B.A. from City College in 1927 and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1937. Prior to becoming an author he worked as an anthropolist, studying in Brazil and teaching at New York University. 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." 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. William Lipkind died on October 2, 1974.

Biographical source:

"William Lipkind (1904-1974)." Something About the Author. Vol. 15. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1979.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box)

Language of Materials



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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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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Revision Statements

  • August 2018: 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