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Dawn Langley Simmons Papers

Identifier: CLRC-862

Scope and Contents

Contains corrected typescripts and page proofs related to titles written by Dawn Langley Simmons (some titles originally published under the name Gordon Langley Hall).


  • Creation: circa 1955-1970


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

Dawn Langley Simmons was born circa 1922 in England. Her birth name was Gordon Langley Hall, and she published works for over a decade under that name. In 1946 she moved to Canada and lived for a period on the Ojibway reservation, which inspired one of her first books Me Papoose Sitter. After traveling back to England for a period, she then moved to the United States, where she published many books, and became known for her biographies. She eventually settled in South Carolina. She married John-Paul Simmons in 1969 and they remained married until 1982. Simmons died on September 18, 2000.


2.9 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons and 1 hollinger box)

Language of Materials



Contains typescripts and related material for books by Dawn Langley Simmons.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dawn Langley Simmons.

Related Materials

"The Two Lives of Baby Doe" manuscript is held in the Literary Archives Collections.

Dawn Langley Simmons Papers, circa 1955-1970
Caitlin Marineau
December 2016
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • December 2016: Collection reprocessed, collection merged with Gordon Hall Papers, and new finding aid created

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library