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Lucy Fitch Perkins Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1734

Scope and Contents

The Lucy Fitch Perkins Collection is primarily composed of correspondence, written from 1911-1936. The majority of the correspondence is with Perkins's publisher, Houghton Mifflin. The collection also contains royalty statements, family history materials written by Perkins's daughter, Eleanor Ellis Perkins, and some typescripts for articles and short stories by Perkins. Several pages of uncut proofs for book jackets in the "Twins" series are also held in the collection.


  • 1900 - 1966


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

Lucy Fitch Perkins was born July 12, 1865, in Maples, IN. She was a writer and illustrator of children's books, and was also an editor, living in Evanston, IL. She was best known for her "Twins of the World" series, which consisted of over two dozen books. She died on March 18, 1937, and her last Twins book was published posthumously, coauthored by her daughter, Eleanor Ellis Perkins.

Biographical Source: "Lucy Fitch Perkins (1865-1937)." Something About the Author. Vol. 72. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1993.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



The collection contains correspondence, royalty statements, family history, and some writings related to the life and career of Lucy Fitch Perkins.


The collection is arranged into series by material type

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material in the collection was gifted by Lucy Fitch Perkins's children, Eleanor Ellis Perkins and Lawrence B. Perkins.

Lucy Fitch Perkins Collection, 1900-1966
Caitlin Marineau
May 2017
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Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • May 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library