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Jacqueline Woodson papers

Call Number: JWJ MSS 245

Content Description

This collection consists of writings, correspondence, notebooks, journals, papers related to appearances and readings, printed materials, writings of others, photographs, personal papers, artwork, computer media, and audiovisual materials by or related to author Jaqueline Woodson. Writings comprise the bulk of the collection, documenting Woodson's writings for children, young adults, and adults, spanning novels including Another Brooklyn (Harper Collins, 2016), Brown Girl Dreaming (Penguin, 2014), and Miracle's Boys (Penguin, 2000), and picture books including We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past (Hyperion, 1997), Show Way (Putnam, 2005), and The Day You Begin (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018). Many drafts include annotations and corrections by Woodson and editor Nancy Paulsen. Writings also include works for stage and screen, speeches, short stories, and poetry.


  • 1980 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 62-64 (computer media) Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 65 (audiovisual materials) Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Cumberland Rare Books on the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts & Letters Fund, the Jockey Hollow Fund, and the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2021.


Organized into eleven series: I. Writings, 1980-2019. II. Correspondence, 1983-2021. III. Notebooks and journals, 1986-2018. IV. Papers related to appearances and readings, 1996-2019. V. Printed materials, 1989-2018. VI. Writings of others, 1991-1997. VII. Photographs, undated. VIII. Personal papers, 1981-2019. IX. Artwork, undated. X. Computer media, undated. XI. Audiovisual materials, 1994, undated.


30.33 Linear Feet (67 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson (born 1963) is a writer and poet known for her children's books, young adult books, and novels. Her work is noted for themes relating to race, sexuality, and gender identity. Woodson's publications include We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past (Hyperion, 1997), Miracle's Boys (Penguin, 2000), Brown Girl Dreaming (Penguin, 2014), for which she won the 2014 National Book Award in Young People's Literature, and Another Brooklyn (Harper Collins, 2016), among others. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2020.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

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

Guide to the Jacqueline Woodson Papers
by Beinecke staff
July 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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