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Lois Duncan Papers

Summary Information
Title: Lois Duncan Papers
Dates: 1971-1995
Creator: Duncan, Lois
Extent: ca. 26 folders
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-495
Collection includes production materials for 7 titles, including corrected typescripts, dummy, correspondence, jacket layout, front matter, reviews, notes, photocopies of photographs

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

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is 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.


Birthday Moon, The, 1989

Chapters: my growth as a writer, 1982

From Spring to Spring, poems and photographs, 1982

Gift of Magic, A, 1971

Psychic Connections: A Journey into the Mysterious World of Psi, 1995

Stranger with my Face, 1981

Twisted Window, The, 1987

Biographical Sketch

Lois Duncan was born in 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began writing early in life, and published her first story in 1947, in the magazine Calling All Girls . She has become well known for her novels of suspense and the supernatural for young adults. In most of her books her protagonists are high school students, usually girls, who are suddenly confronted with a sinister threat of some kind. Many of her stories are set in New Mexico--Duncan was a journalism instructor at the U. of New Mexico, 1971-82. When her own 18-year-old daughter was murdered, Duncan was able to turn the experience into a non-fiction book, Who Killed My Daughter? published in 1992.

Biographical sources: Something About the Author , vols. 1, 36, 75, 133, 141; Children's Literature Review , vol.29; Something About the Author Autobiography Series , vol. 2

Collection Scope and Content Note

Collection contains 7 corrected typescripts, a publisher's dummy, correspondence, a jacket layout for video presentation, front matter, layout notes, photograph photocopies, reviews.

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.
  • Duncan, Lois
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Birthday Moon, The 1989 
Note  New York: Viking, 1989
Box MF1558
Typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF1558
publisher's dummy (18 p.)  Box MF1558
correspondence (10 p.)  Box MF1558
Chapters: my growth as a writer 1982 
Note  Boston: Little, Brown, 1982
Box MF882
Typescript, corrected (197 p.)  Box MF882
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF882
From Spring to Spring, poems and photographs 1982 
Note  Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1982
Box MF1039
Typescript, corrected (53 p.)  Box MF1039
jacket layout for video presentation (4 p.)  Box MF1039
Gift of Magic, A 1971 
Note  Boston: Little, Brown, 1971
Box MF289
Typescript, corrected (180 p.)  Box MF289
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF289
Psychic Connections: A Journey into the Mysterious World of Psi 1995 
Note  New York: Delacorte, 1995
Box MF2072
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF2072
layout notes (1 p.)  Box MF2072
photograph photocopies (17 p.)  Box MF2072
Typescript, corrected (249 p.)  Box MF2072
Stranger with my Face 1981 
Note  Boston: Little, Brown, 1981
Box MF882
Typescript, corrected (223 p.)  Box MF882
correspondence and reviews (11 p.)  Box MF882
Twisted Window, The 1987 
Note  New York: Delacorte, 1987
Box MF1414
Typescript, corrected (188 p.)  Box MF1414
correspondence (10 p.)  Box MF1414
notes (2 p.)  Box MF1414