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James Cross Giblin Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1217

Scope and Contents

Collection contains manuscripts, dummies, proofs, production material, editorial material, periodicals, articles, reviews, and audiovisual material for multiple titles by James Cross Giblin along with personal materials such as correspondence, photographs, notebooks, travel and biographical material, including LGBTQ issues, day planners, tributes and funerals, and college plays and scripts.


  • 1898-2016


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

James Cross Giblin, award-winning nonfiction children’s author and editor, was born July 8, 1933. Giblin began his career in children’s books editing and publishing with Clarion and later Houghton Mifflin. In 1989 he began writing full-time and was the author of children and young adult books. As an author, Giblin wrote more than twenty nonfiction books for young readers. He died April 10, 2016 in New York City, at age 82.


35 Cubic Feet (34 record cartons and 1 flat box)

Language of Materials



Contains editorial materials and manuscripts for titles by James Cross Giblin along with personal material.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title, with additional personal and professional papers at the beginning of the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Cross Giblin, with additional material donated after his death by Russell Freedman, on behalf of Giblin's estate.


James Cross Giblin Papers, 1898-2016
Ellen Sugg, Caitlin Marineau, Carter Lynn Thurmond
October 2016
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Revision Statements

  • 2/13/2018: 32 additional boxes processed and added to collection by Carter Lynn Thurmond

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library