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Jean Craighead George Papers

Identifier: CLRC-32

Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscript materials related to the publications and work of Jean Craighead George, including typescripts, page proofs, notebooks, research, audio-visual materials, and illustrations.


  • 1936 - 2015


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 / Historical

Jean Craighead George was born July 2, 1919, in Washington, D.C. She attended Pennsylvania State University, graduating with a B.A. in 1941. She married John L. George, with whom she had three children, and also collaborated with him on several books. She published her first book, Vulpes, the Red Fox, in 1948, written with John George. Throughout her prolific career, she wrote both fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults, frequently incorporating scientific and ecological themes into her writing. She received a Newbery Honor in 1960 for My Side of the Mountain, a Newbery Medal in 1973 for Julie of the Wolves, and the Kerlan Award in 1982. She died in May 2012 at age 92.


31 Cubic Feet (29 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuscripts and material related to the work and publications of writer Jean Craighead George.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title, with miscellaneous material listed at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jean Craighead George and her heirs, Twig George, Dr. John C. "Craig" George, and Dr. Thomas "Luke" George.


Jean Craighead George Papers, 1936-2015
Caitlin Marineau and Meredith Gillies
September 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 3/12/2018: Carter Lynn Thurmond processed new material, adding an additional box to the collection.
  • September 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library