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Susan McLean Papers

Summary Information
Title: Susan McLean papers
Dates: 1944-1996, undated
Creator: McLean, Susan
Extent: 2.5 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-931
The collection contains written production material for McLean's novel Pennies for the Piper , as well as personal photographs, correspondence, and mementos.

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.


Materials are arranged by material type.

Biographical Sketch

Minnesota author Susan Hunter McLean was born in Hibbing, MN, and grew up in Cloquet. Her novel Pennies for the Piper , drew on some of her own memories of the deaths of her parents. She lived in Minneapolis with her husband Austin McLean, who was head of the University of Minnesota special collections library. They had one daughter, Sara, who died in a car crash in 1978, when she was 16.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains written production materials for one title, Susan McLean's Pennies for the Piper , and includes corrected holographs, typescripts, and related materials. The collection also holds historical family photographs, personal correspondence, and mementos (including some material related to McLean's daughter, Sara).

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.
  • McLean, Susan
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Death
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Pennies for the Piper 1981  
Box 1
Manuscripts and typescripts (some corrected) 1975-1976, undated  Box 1 , Folder 1-49
Bound proof undated  Box 1 , Folder 50
Correspondence 1976-1981  Box 1 , Folder 51-52
Box 1
Correspondence from children, teachers, and related 1976-1992  Box 1 , Folder 53, 57-58
Reviews--clippings 1981  Box 1 , Folder 54, 59
Book jackets undated  Box 1 , Folder 55
Calendar 1976  Box 1 , Folder 56
Royalties 1981-1996  Box 1 , Folder 60
Clippings, correspondence 1980-1981, undated  Box 1 , Folder 61
Page proofs, jacket undated  Box 2 , Folder 1
Miscellaneous, undated 
Box 2
Personal correspondence 1979-1988  Box 2 , Folder 2-4
Material and mementos related to daughter Sara McLean, undated  Box 2 , Folder 5-6
Photographs, 1944-1978, undated Box 2 , Folder 7-10, unnumbered enclosure