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Lesa Cline-Ransome Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2292

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one folder of manuscript material for the title The Light in the Darkness, which was illustrated by the author's husband, James Ransome. The collection contains corrected typescripts, notes, correspondence, and research material.


  • Creation: 2009 - 2013


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

Lesa grew up in Malden, MA, a suburb just outside of Boston. She was the daughter of two nurses and the youngest of three children. Her mother, an avid reader, would take her to the library every week and books and writing became a way of life for Lesa. In middle school she thought she wanted to be a journalist, but realized later that it wasn’t for her. She attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and her professors there encouraged her in her writing. She also wrote for the college paper. After graduation Lesa began working in the advertising department of Lord & Taylor.

Lesa became interested in children’s books the year I she got married. Her husband, illustrator James Ransome, was working on illustrating his first book which allowed both of them to look at picture books in a new way. This led Lesa to complete a graduate degree in elementary education and through her coursework become truly immersed in children’s literature.

When Lesa was home after the birth of her first child, her husband would constantly suggest that she start writing for children. She eventually found a collection of stories about champion athletes. When she read the section on Satchel Paige, the Negro League pitcher, she was hooked. She researched and wrote for nearly a year before Simon & Schuster published the story.

Lesa lives in Rhinebeck New York with her husband James Ransome, an artist and illustrator of children’s books. They have collaborated on a number of books together including Satchel Paige, Young Pele, Quilt Alphabet, Before There Was Mozart, Light in the Darkness and Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass. They live in the Hudson Valley with their four children and one St. Bernard.

Biographical material taken from the author's website:


1 folder

Language of Materials



This collection contains manuscript material for one title written by Lesa Cline-Ransome.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the author by the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Separated Materials

Illustrative material for the title Light in the Darkness, acquired alongside the materials in this collection, were separated into the James Ransome Papers.

Lesa Cline- Ransome Papers, 2009-2013
Kristell Benson
May 10, 2018
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Revision Statements

  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library