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Carol Ryrie Brink Papers

Identifier: CLRC-5

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, and related material for books written by author Carol Ryrie Brink, published between 1934 and 1978. The collection also contains a large number of clippings of short stories and articles she wrote for various periodicals from the 1920s until the 1960s, research and background material for her novel Caddie Woodlawn, her 1936 Newbery medal, some biographical material (including the acceptance speech for her 1978 Kerlan Award), correspondence from children, and three pieces of artwork based on the cutouts created by Hans Christian Andersen.


  • 1914 - 1978


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

Carol Ryrie Brink was born December 28, 1895 in Moscow, Idaho. She attended school in Idaho and California, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with BA in 1918. Carol Ryrie Brink began writing short stories and poems for children in the 1920s, submitting them to various children's magazines, and published her first book for children, Anything Can Happen on the River, in 1934. In 1935, she published Caddie Woodlawn, a book based on her maternal grandmother's girlhood experiences growing up on the Wisconsin frontier during the Civil War, which was awarded a Newbery Award in 1936. Many of her books, such as Louly, deal with her own childhood experiences growing up in Idaho at the turn of the century. Brink died in La Jolla, California, on August 15, 1981.


3.8 Cubic Feet (3 record cartons and 1 flat portfolio)

Language of Materials



Carol Ryrie Brink's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and adult books. The collection contains production material for books, one play, short stories, and other related material.


Collection guide is arranged into two series. Writings and Publications are arranged alphabetically by title, with her short stories at the end.

  1. Writings and publications
  2. Other material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of this collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. Additional material was later donated by Carol Ryrie Brink and her estate.

Carol Ryrie Brink Papers, 1914-1978
Christina Cowan and Nancy Larsen
1995 and 2004
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Revision Statements

  • March 2023: 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