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Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2090

Scope and Content

This collection consists of author's typescripts, transcripts, notes, F&Gs, illustration photocopies, correspondence, proofs, clippings, and related material for work by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard.


  • Creation: 1988 - 2004


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

Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 28, 1927. In 1948, she graduated from Radcliffe College. She then when on to earn her her M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971, followed by a Ph.D. in 1977. As she grew up in a world without black children's books, she has set out to tell stories about ordinary and extraordinary African Americans based on her own family. For example, her book The Train to Lulu's is based upon Ms. Howard's actual childhood experience as she traveled South to spend time with relatives.

In her leisure, Ms. Howard enjoys African folklore, French conversation, symphony concerts, her grandchildren, and family history.

Biographical source: Something About the Author, Vol. 119, pp. 77-79; and "Meet the Authors &am; Illustrators" at


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for children's books by Elizabeth Howard.

Accession Information:

Gift of Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard Papers, 1988-2004
Ruth Paloma
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Revision Statements

  • December 2016: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau
  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

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