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Judy Blume papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1481

Scope and Contents

The Judy Blume papers consist of correspondence, drafts of writings, printed material, audiovisual material, computer media, and personal and other papers documenting the life and work of American author Judy Blume.

Correspondence is located throughout the collection and identified chiefly as professional, personal, and fan mail. Professional correspondence includes letters from publishers and literary and other organizations. Letters from fans are grouped together by date, by topic, and, in some cases, by individual correspondent.

Writings include manuscript drafts, proofs, and other materials. Multiple drafts can be found for many titles, including: Deenie (1973), Tiger eyes (1981), Smart women (1983), Just as long as we're together (1987), Fudge-a-mania (1990), Here's to you, Rachel Robinson (1993), Summer sisters (1998), Double Fudge (2002), and In the unlikely event (2015).

Other papers include awards, clippings, photographs, printed material, research and subject files, and material relating to public appearances and events, such as interviews, speeches, and book and promotional tours. Audiovisual materials in the collection appear to document Blume's public appearances.


  • 1952 - 2022


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research with the requirement that all users of the Papers must sign an agreement outlining specific conditions for use of the papers. These conditions are related to the presence of letters, documents and other materials that were written by children and other individuals to Ms. Blume on issues and topics that are personal to the writer. The Papers also contains copies of letters written by Ms. Blume responding to correspondence from her readers. These materials are in some cases catalogued as “correspondence” and in other cases are interspersed throughout the Papers.

Boxes 6, 92-103, 132 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 23, 104-105, 119, 133, 137 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Judy Blume papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from various sources. For more information consult the appropriate curator.


Organized into four groupings: I. October 2017 Acquisition, 1952 - 2017. II. September 2018 Acquisition, 1977-2018, undated. III. January 2020 Acquisition, 1983 - 2019. IV. October 2022 Acquisition, 1999 - 2022.


128.02 Linear Feet ((136 boxes) + 1 roll)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The Judy Blume papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, audiovisual material, computer media, and personal and other papers documenting the life and work of American author Judy Blume.

Judy Blume (1938-)

Judy Blume is an American author, educator, and advocate. She was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, before attending Boston University and New York University, where she earned a B.S. degree in Education in 1960. She is the author of over 30 books, most of which are written for children and young adults, dating from The One in the middle is the green kangaroo (1969) to In the unlikely event (2015).

Summary information is also available in the standard print and online biographical resources.

The following chronology provides dates for key events and selected publications:

1938 February 12
born Judy Sussman to Rudolph and Esther Sussman
1959 August 15
marries John Blume
graduates from New York University with a B.S. degree in Education
birth of son Randy Lee
birth of son Andrew Lawrence
publication of The one in the middle is the green kangaroo
publication of Are you there God? It's me, Margaret, awarded Outstanding Book of the Year, New York Times
publication of Freckle juice
publication of Then again, maybe I won't
publication of It's not the end of the world
publication of Tales of a fourth grade nothing
publication of Deenie
publication of Blubber
publication of Forever
divorces John Blume
marries Thomas A. Kitchens
publication of Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself
publication of Wifey
divorces Thomas A. Kitchens
publication of Superfudge, awarded Children's Choice Book Award
publication of Tiger eyes
founds KIDS Fund
publication of Smart women
publication of The pain and the great one
publication of Letters to Judy: What your kids wish they could tell you, awarded the Literary Lions award, New York Public Library
publication of Just as long as we're together
marries George Cooper
publication of Summer sisters
publication of Fudge-a-mania
publication of Here's to you, Rachel Robinson
awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement, American Library Association
publication of Double Fudge
awarded medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, National Book Foundation
publication of In the unlikely event

Processing Information

This collection was processed to a preliminary level in 2018. Preliminary processing included rehousing and listing of material. Materials within boxes and folders have not been sorted.

Descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section of this finding aid is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the list below are based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian; folder titles transcribed from those provided by the creator or previous custodian are indicated by quotation marks. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Judy Blume Papers
Beinecke staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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