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Cynthia Rylant Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1491

Scope and Contents

The collection contains drafts, proofs, and related material for five children's books in the Henry and Mudge series, the Christmas book Children of Christmas, and a draft titled "The Finest House," unverified as published.


  • 1986-1988, undated


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

Cynthia Rylant was born June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She graduated from Morris Harvey College in 1975 and later received a master's degree from Marshall University in 1976 and a MLS from Kent State University in 1982. She worked as a part-time English instructor, children's librarian, and lecturer before becoming a full-time writer. In 1982, she published her first picture book When I Was Young in the Mountains.

Cynthia Rylant has continued to write picture books and has published fiction for older children and young adults as well as poetry and her autobiography. Rylant received a Newbery Honor citation for a A Fine White Dust (1986) in 1987 and the Newbery Award for Missing May(1992) in 1993.

Biographical sources: Something About the Author. Volume76, pp 193.199. Twentieth-Century Children's Writers. 3rd edition, pp 846-848.


7 folders

Language of Materials



Contains drafts related to several children's titles written by author Cynthia Rylant, primarily in the Henry and Mudge series.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Cynthia Rylant.

Cynthia Rylant Papers, 1986-1988, undated
Christina Cowan and Sharlene Murphy
1999, 2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • August 2017: 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