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Joan Lowery Nixon Papers

Identifier: CLRC-172

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, proofs, notes, research, correspondence, and other production materials for over 100 books for children and young adults written by author Joan Lowery Nixon from the 1970s through the early 2000s.


  • 1977 - 2001


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is 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.

Biographical Sketch

Joan Lowery Nixon was born in Los Angeles, in 1927, and attended USC and California State College. She began teaching elementary school in Los Angeles, married, and moved to Texas, where she began her career as "The grande dameof mysteries for young readers," as several reviewers have called her. She has written more than 100 books including early readers and young adult fiction, nonfiction for adults, basic science for school age readers, Biblical adaptations, and a "how-to" on creative story-form writing for elementary school children. Her Oprhan Train"quartet is based on the social welfare program created by the Children's Aid Society in the mid-19th century, and she drew on her years attending Hollywood High School to create the Hollywood Daughtersand the Maggieseries. She has won the Edgar Award for mystery writers four times, and another five of her books has been nominated for it.

Biographical Source:

Something About the Author,, vol. 115, p. 145-154

Children's Literature Review, vol. 24, p. 131-154


7 Cubic Feet (7 boxes [5 record cartons and 2 hollinger boxes])

Language of Materials



The Joan Lowery Nixon papers contain production materials juvenile works written by Nixon.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by published title or series name. Books within a series are listed alphabetically or numerically beneath their series.

Accession Information:

Gift of Joan Lowery Nixon

Joan Lowery Nixon Papers, 1977-2001
CLRC Staff
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Revision Statements

  • January 2020: Collection reprocessed by Eliza Edwards and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

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