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Susan Pearson Papers, 1974-2010

Summary Information
Title: Susan Pearson papers
Dates: 1974-2010
Creator: Pearson, Susan
Extent: 2 boxes (2.25 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-1344
This collection consists of production material for the work of author Susan Pearson.

Repository: University of Minnesota. Children's Literature Research Collections.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Pearson, Susan

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.


Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Susan Pearson papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Biographical Sketch

Susan Pearson was born December 21, 1946, in Boston, MA. She graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1968 and later worked as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer. Later she worked at several publishing companies. In 1975, Susan Pearson published her first book for children, Izzie , the story of Cary and her cat-doll, Izzie. The book was named one of New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year. Another one of her books, Saturday I Ran Away (1981) was selected as one of the International Reading Association's Children's Choices in 1982. Her 1987 book Happy Birthday, Grampie , the story of how Martha makes a special birthday card for her grandfather, was lauded by critics as a "lovely, realistic evocation of the American family at its best." She has also written a series of books featuring "child detective" Ernestine Jones, nicknamed Eagle-Eye Ernie, who lives in Minnesota. Biographical Source: Something About the Author , Vol. 91, p. 159-162

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for titles published between 1975 and 2010. Production materials include manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, dummies, and editorial correspondence.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Pearson, Susan
  • Friendship
  • Babies
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Naturalists
  • Cats
  • Christmas Stories
  • Limericks
  • Sex role
  • Children's poetry
  • Slugs (Mollusks)
  • Animals
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Baby and the Bear, The, 1987 
Note Illustrated by Nancy Carlson
Box 1
dummy, correspondence 1986, undated  Box 1 , Folder 1
Charles Darwin and the Mystery of Mysteries, 2010 
Note Co-author Niles Eldredge
Box 1
typescripts, corrected typescripts, correspondence 2005-2007, undated  Box 1 , Folder 2-12
page proofs, dummy 2009-2010, undated  Box 1 , Folder 13-17
Correspondence, research 2005-2007, undated  Box 1 , Folder 18-22
Day Porkchop Climbed the Christmas Tree, The, 1987 
Note Illustrated by Rick Brown
Box 1
corrected typescripts, correspondence, notes undated  Box 1 , Folder 23
corrected typescripts, correspondence, dummy photocopy, jacket proof 1986-1987,undated  Box 1 , Folder 24
Everybody Knowns That, 1978 
Note Illustrated by Diane Paterson
Box 1
correspondence, corrected typescripts, page proofs 1978-1980, undated  Box 1 , Folder 25
Grimericks, 2005 
Note Illustrated by Gris Grimly
Box 1
corrected typescripts, corrected page proofs, correspondence, notes 2003-2008, undated  Box 1 , Folder 26-31
Happy Birthday, Grampie, 1987 
Note Illustrated by Ronald Himler
Box 2
corrected typescripts, correspondence 1981-1987, undated  Box 2 , Folder 1
Izzie, 1975 
Note Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
Box 2
corrected typescripts, corrected page proofs, dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 2
Karin's Christmas Walk, 1980 
Note Illustrated by Trinka Hakes Noble
Box 2
corrected typescripts, correspondence 1978-1980 Box 2 , Folder 3
Molly Moves Out, 1979 
Note Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Box 2
Corrected typescripts, notes, corrected galley, correspondence 1977-1979, undated  Box 2 , Folder 4-5
Monday I Was an Alligator, 1979 
Note Illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Box 2
correspondence, corrected typescripts 1974-1979 Box 2 , Folder 6
Monnie Hates Lydia, 1975 
Note Illustrated by Diane Paterson
Box 2
Corrected typescripts, corrected galley 1975, undated  Box 2 , Folder 7
My Favorite Time of Year, 1988 
Note Illustrated by John Wallner
Box 2
Corrected typescripts, correspondence, dummy photocopy 1986-1987, undated  Box 2 , Folder 8
illustration proofs undated  Box 2 , Folder 9
Saturday I Ran Away, 1981 
Note Illustrated by Susan Jeschke
Box 2
Corrected typescripts, correspondence 1980-1981, undated  Box 2 , Folder 10
Slugs in Love, 2006 
Note Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
Box 2
Corrected typescripts, notes, correspondence, corrected dummy, corrected page proof 2004-2007, undated  Box 2 , Folder 12-15
Squeal and Squawk: Barnyard Talk, 2004 
Note Illustrated by David Slonim
Box 2
Corrected typescripts, typescripts, manuscripts 2003, undated  Box 2 , Folder 16-22
Illustration and dummy photocopies, layout notes, correspondence, research 2002-2003, undated  Box 2 , Folder 23-25
That's Enough for One Day, J.P.!, 1977 
Note Illustrated by Kay Chorao
Box 2
Corrected typescripts, manuscript, correspondence 1975, undated Box 2 , Folder 26
When Baby Went to Bed, 1987 
Note Illustrated by Nancy Carlson
Box 2
Correspondence, typescripts, manuscript 1986, undated Box 2 , Folder 27
Who Swallowed Harold?, 2005 
Note Illustrated by David Slonim
Box 2
Correspondence, corrected typescripts, notes 2003-2004, undated Box 2 , Folder 28-32
Corrected dummy photocopies, correspondence, notes, illustration photocopies 2004, undated Box 2 , Folder 33-35