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Ralph J. Fletcher papers, undated, 1995-2010

Summary Information
Title: Ralph J. Fletcher papers
Dates: undated, 1995-2010
Creator: Fletcher, Ralph J.
Extent: 1 box (0.40 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-2142
This collection consists of manuscript materials related to five children's and young adult novels published between 1997 and 2008.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Fletcher, Ralph J.

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:

Ralph J. Fletcher papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Biographical Sketch

Born March 17, 1953 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Ralph grew up as the eldest of nine children in Marshfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975 and completed an MFA in writing from Columbia University in 1983. Fletcher's first publication, I Am Wings: Poems About Love , was published in 1994. His publications have won numerous awards, including his young adult novel, Uncle Daddy , which won a Christopher Medal in 2002, and his young adult chapter book Fig Pudding was named one of the ten best books of 1995 by the American Library Association. Fletcher resides in Lee, New Hampshire with his wife, JoAnn Portalupi, with whom he has collaborated on several professional educator books.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of manuscript materials related to five children's and young adult novels published between 1997 and 2008 and includes correspondence, notes, typescripts and corrected typescripts, and holograph photocopies.

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.
  • Fletcher, Ralph J.
  • Sandman -- Fiction
  • Sleep -- Fiction
  • Dragons -- Fiction
  • Sandman -- Juvenile fiction
  • Sleep -- Juvenile fiction
  • Dragons -- Juvenile fiction
  • Clamming -- Juvenile fiction
  • Boats and boating -- Juvenile fiction
  • Cousins -- Juvenile fiction
  • Single-parent families -- Juvenile fiction
  • Clamming -- Fiction
  • Cousins -- Fiction
  • Boats and boating -- Fiction
  • Single-parent families -- Fiction
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction
  • New York (State) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction
  • New York (State) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Circus Surprise, The, 2001 
Box 1
Correspondence 1998  Box 1 , Folder 1
Jazzy and Me, 2007 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript 2006  Box 1 , Folder 2-3
One O'Clock Chop, The, 2007 
Box 1
Correspondence, Notes 2005-2010  Box 1 , Folder 5
Sandman, The, 2008 
Box 1
Typescript, Correspondence 1995-2004  Box 1 , Folder 4
Twilight Comes Twice, 1997 
Box 1
Holograph Photocopy, Typescript, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 6