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Margaret Read MacDonald Papers

Identifier: CLRC-735

Scope and Contents

This collection contains typescripts, correspondence, research, dummies, proofs, notes, clippings and other materials related to children's books written and adapted by author and folklorist Margaret Read MacDonald.


  • 1979 - 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

Author, storyteller, and folklorist Margaret Read MacDonald was born January 21, 1940, in Seymour, Indiana. She earned an AB (1962) and Ph.D. (1979) from Indiana University, an M.L.S. from the University of Washington (1964) and an M.Ed.Ec. from the University of Hawaii. During college she became interested in storytelling, and as a result became a children's librarian and storyteller. The author of dozens of books, her picture books for children often retell tradational folktales from around the world. She has also written books on folklore and storytelling for adults. She lives in Des Moines, Washington.

Biographical Source:

"Margaret Read MacDonald (1940-)." Something About the Author. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2019.


1.35 Cubic Feet (1 record carton, 1 small flat box)

Language of Materials



The Margaret Read MacDonald Papers contain original typescripts and related materials for works written and compiled by MacDonald.


Collection guide is arranged alphabetically by publication title with audio items and miscellaneous material at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Margaret Read MacDonald.

Margaret Read MacDonald Papers, 1989-2017
Kristell Benson
September 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 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