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The collection consists mainly of materials used by Spinelli in the writing and publication processes of her books. Handwritten, typed, and word processed drafts from various stages of the books’ development are included. E-mail and written correspondence between Spinelli, publishers, and editors is also part of the collection. Several of the books were turned down by multiple publishing houses before being sold, and some manuscripts were never accepted at all. The electronic communication between the author and her editors provides insight into the complicated and lengthy process of revising childrens’ books for printing, as well as the task of choosing and collaborating with an illustrator.

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Collection Size

3 cubic feet

Publication Date

October 2013


Jerry Spinelli, children's author, book manuscripts


Children's and Young Adult Literature | English Language and Literature

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-154: Eileen Spinelli Papers