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Marie G. Lee Papers, 1988-2003

Summary Information
Title: Marie G. Lee Papers
Dates: 1988-2003
Creator: Lee, Marie
Extent: 2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1663
Marie G. Lee's papers focus on her work as an author of young adult fiction. The collection contains production material for seven titles.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Lee, Marie G.

Access Restrictions:

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:

Marie Lee papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Materials are arranged by published title.

Biographical Sketch

Marie G. Lee was born April 25, 1964 in Hibbing MN. She graduated from Brown University in 1986 and worked for an economics research firm before becoming a free-lance writer. In 1992, Marie G. Lee published her first novel for young adults Finding My Voice that drew on some of her own experiences growing up in Minnesota. The story told of teenage Ellen Sung, a Korean-American, confronting both parental expectations of good grades and the racism she encounters from some classmates and teachers. The book was praised by critics for its depth and candor and received several honors including the Best Book Award from the Friends of American Writers and a Best Book for Reluctant Readers citation from the American Library Association. In 1994, Lee published Saying Goodbye, a novel that contained Ellen's experiences at Harvard University where she learns more about race relations when she and her close friend and roommate, an African-American, have a falling out over a controversial African-American speaker who dispagages Korean-Americans.

Source: Something About the Author, V 81, pp:123-126.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for seven titles published between 1988 and 2003. Production materials include holographs, typescripts, notes, front matter, galley and page proofs, clippings and research material. The collection also contains one piece of correspondence to Marie G. Lee from Judy Blume.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The 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.
  • Lee, Marie G.
  • Adoption -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Authorship -- Fiction
  • College choice -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Fathers and sons -- Fiction
  • Football -- Fiction
  • Friendship -- Fiction
  • Harvard University -- Fiction
  • High schools -- Juvenile fiction.
  • "Identity -- Fiction. "
  • Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Korean Americans -- Fiction
  • Korean Americans -- Juvenile fiction
  • Korean Americans.
  • Minnesota -- Fiction
  • Parent and child -- Fiction.
  • Parent and child -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Prejudices -- Fiction.
  • Prejudices -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Universities and colleges -- Fiction
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Box 1
Correspondence 1988  Box 1 , Folder 1
Dead and Gone 1995  
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 2
Note  A short story for an anthology 'On the Wings of Peace'
Finding My Voice 1992  
Box 1
Corrected Typescript 1989  Box 1 , Folder 3
F is for Fabuloso 1999  
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 4-5
Correspondence 1989  Box 1 , Folder 6
Homefield undated  
Box 1
Holograph undated  Box 1 , Folder 7
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 8-9
Correspondence, Notes 2003  Box 1 , Folder 10
If it Hadn't Been for Yoon Jun 1993  
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 11
Box 2
Corrected Galley Proof 1992  Box 2 , Folder 1
Notes, Research Material 1991  Box 2 , Folder 2
Necessary Roughness 1996  
Box 2
Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 3-8
Box 3
Holograph undated  Box 3 , Folder 1-2
Holograph, Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 3
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 4-7
Saying Goodbye 1994  
Box 3
Corrected Typescript 1993  Box 3 , Folder 8
Box 4
Corrected Typescript 1993  Box 4 , Folder 1
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 2
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 3
Corrected Page Proof 1993  Box 4 , Folder 4-7
Holograph undated  Box 4 , Folder 8