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Jane Kurtz Papers

Identifier: CLRC-733

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written production materials for children's books written by Kurtz, including typescripts, correspondence, clipping, proofs, notes, dummies, and related items. There is also a small amount of material related to Kurtz's nonprofit organization Ethiopia Reads, and Ready Set Go Books, which publishes easy readers in local Ethiopian languages.


  • Creation: 1984 - 2017


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

Jane Kurtz was born April 17, 1952, in Portland, Oregon, and raised by her missionary parents in Ethiopia. Kurts earned her BA from Monmouth College and an MA from the University of North Dakota. She became an author of children's books, and a high school and university teacher. The author of several dozen books, Kurtz writes fiction for children, and nonfiction for both children and adults. In addition, she is the founder of the nonprofit organization Ethiopia Reads which works to create libraries, provide books, and support literacy efforts for children in Ethiopia. Kurtz lives in Portland, Oregon.

Biographical Sources: "Jane Kurtz (1952-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 327. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2018.


6.25 Cubic Feet (5 record cartons)

Language of Materials




The collection contains written production materials for children's books written by Jane Kurtz, as well as other related professional materials.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by series or publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jane Kurtz.

Jane Kurtz Papers, 1984-2017
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • April 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated
  • June 2019: New material added and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library