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Lois Lowry Papers

Identifier: CLRC-54

Scope and Contents

The collection includes typescripts, galley proofs, and correspondence between Lowry and her editors.


  • 1975-circa 2022


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is 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.

Biographical / Historical

Lois Lowry was born March 20, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She attended Brown University for a period in the 1950s, and earned a B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 1972. Initially working as a journalist and photographer, she published her first novel for young people A Summer to Die in 1977. She is best known for the Newbery Award-winning novel Number the Stars and futuristic novel The Giver and its sequels . She has also written humorous fiction, notably the Anastastasia Krupnik series. She lives in Maine and Florida.

Biography source: "Lois Lowry (1937-)." Somethingg About The Author. Vol. 366. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2021.


4.55 Cubic Feet (5 Boxes (3 Record Cartons, 2 Hollinger Boxes))

Language of Materials



Lois Lowry's papers focus on the genesis, process, revision and publication of her books for children and young adults.


Collection guide arranged into three series. Writings are arranged alphabetically by title.

  1. Writings and publications
  2. Correspondence
  3. Kerlan Award

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lois Lowry.

Lois Lowry Papers,1975-2023
David E. Byer and Diep Truong
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Revision Statements

  • 2016: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by CLRC staff
  • November 2022: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Carter Thurmond. Some description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library