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Patricia Lauber Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1377

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for non-fiction children's books written by Patricia Lauber, primarily typescripts, proofs, and some correspondence and related material. The titles were published between the 1950s and the year 2000.


  • 1955 - 2000


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 Sketch

Patricia Lauber was born February 5, 1924 in New York, NY. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1945 and worked for many years as a writer and editor for various magazines. In 1954, Patricia Lauber published her first book for children, Magic Up Your Sleeve. Throughout her long and prolific career Lauber has written dozens of non-fiction books on a variety of topics for children. She has also written works of fiction beginning with Clarence, the TV Dogin 1955. Patricia Lauber has received numerous nominations and awards for her non-fiction including a Newbery Honor Book citation for Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens(1986) in 1987. She received the Kerlan Award in 2000. Critics have praised her for making 'science an entertaining as well as enriching reading experience for children.' Critics have noted that she 'informs readers with clear explanations and up-to-date information and illustrations carefully selected by the author for their interest and accuracy.' Patricia Lauber's 'Clarence' stories have been praised as 'believable and funny.'

Biographical Source:Something About the Author, vol. 75, pp. 110-114.


3.75 Cubic Feet (3 boxes [2 record cartons, 1 hollinger box])

Language of Materials



Patricia Lauber's papers focus on her work as an author of children's non-fiction books and contain typescripts and related production material for works written by Lauber.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Patricia Lauber.
Patricia Lauber Papers, 1955-2000
David Byer
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Revision Statements

  • July 2019: Collection reprocessed by Ellen Sugg and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library