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Phillip Hoose Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2283

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of manuscript materials and miscellaneous materials related to the works of Phillip Hoose and includes corrected typescripts, notes, brochures, research materials, reviews, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Note that a large percentage of the collection consists of research material and notes and correspondence related to that research. There are also numerous audio cassette tapes of interviews the author conducted with different subjects. There is one subseries that contains research materials for presumed-unpublished works - topics include women’s rights, civil rights, and historical Bostonians. There is another subseries that contains correspondence with musician Pete Seeger regarding musical collaborations with the author as well as the topic of social justice and how to get (young) people involved in causes. Seeger and the author were friends for many years.


  • Creation: 1984 - 2018


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

Phillip Hoose (pronounced “hose”) is an author, musician and conservationist. He was born in Indiana in 1947 and attended Indiana University and Yale University. He is best known for his non-fiction works for children. The Race to Save the Lord God Bird won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for non-fiction in 2005. Hoose is also a recipient of the National Book Award as well as many other honors for his writing. The book Hey, Little Ant, written with his daughter Hannah in 1998, started out as a performance piece. It is the story of a little boy who is about to step on an ant. The book is used frequently in classrooms to teach empathy and tolerance. Hoose has said that he tries to inspire activism through stories.

(Taken from: "Phillip Hoose (1947-)." Something about the author, edited by Lisa Kumar, vol. 215, Gale, 2010, pp. 81-84.)


13.9 Cubic Feet (12 boxes [11 record cartons, 1 small flat box]) : record cartons 8 and 10 have smaller boxes stored inside of them containing audio cassettes

Language of Materials



This collection consists of material from published works as well as miscellaneous materials related to the works of Phillip Hoose.


This collection guide is arranged alphabetically by publication/series title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Phillip Hoose.

The Phillip Hoose Papers, 1984-2018
Kristell Benson
November 2, 2017
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Revision Statements

  • January 2019: New material added by Eliza Edwards and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau
  • September 2020: New material added 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