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Lloyd Alexander papers

 Collection — oversize-folder: 66
Identifier: MSS 6833

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a variety of materials that were removed from Lloyd Alexander's office, most of which relate to his career as a children's book author. Materials include correspondence from accordion folders, publishers, personal/fan mail, awards received, book manuscripts received, and Alexander related manuscripts; interviews and speeches on cassette tapes and typewritten documents; Disney movie materials, including media (video games, tapes, etc.), memorabilia, papers, and correspondence; personal papers (including biographical information), stationery/letterhead, programs, pamphlets, illustrations, and French Second World War material; also included are publications including magazines, reviews, books, uncorrected proofs, manuscripts, and alternative forms of publications. Materials dated 1924 to 2007.


  • 1924-2007


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was a children's book author from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Lloyd Chudley Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 30, 1924. He spent his childhood in the nearby suburb of Drexel Hill and lived there most of his life. Alexander graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1940. His parents would not allow him to be a writer, so he worked for a local bank in Philadelphia. Once he had saved some money, he quit and went to a local college before quitting after one semester. Looking for adventure, he served in the US Army in World War II, which included spending time in Wales to train. The landscape, language, and castles made a great impression and would later become the setting of so many of his books. He served in the army for a time in Paris, before being discharged to attend the University of Paris. At the same time, he met Janine, a beautiful Parisian, whom he married in 1946. Alexander moved back to Drexel Hill with Janine and her daughter Madeline.

Alexander worked as an advertisement writer, layout artist, cartoonist, and assistant editor while he tried to get his novels published. It took seven years before his first book was published. He spent the following ten years writing for adults before turning to young adult novels. He won the Newbery Honor Medal for The Black Cauldron and the Newbery Medal for The High King. Series and books by Alexander include the Prydain Chronicles, the Westmark Trilogy, the Vesper Holly Adventures, and over twenty other young adult novels, five adult novels, and four French translations. Alexander's other hobbies include music, cats, and drawing. He played the violin and was a devoted fan of Mozart. Alexander died May 17, 2007--just two weeks after Janine died.


12 oversize boxes (9.78 linear ft.)

23 furniture pieces (20 linear ft.)

56 cartons (57 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in six series: 1. Lloyd Alexander correspondence, 1940-2007. 2. Lloyd Alexander interviews and speeches, 1978-1996. 3. Lloyd Alexander Disney's The Black Cauldron papers, 1984-1986. 4. Lloyd Alexander personal papers, 1924-2000. 5. Lloyd Alexander publications, 1955-2007. 6. Lloyd Alexander artifacts, 1930-2007. Original order was maintained as best as possible.

Custodial History

The materials were maintained by the Lloyd Alexander Family after his death on May 17, 2007 in the original office in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania until January 3, 2008 when the materials were packaged and shipped to Brigham Young University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Estate of Lloyd Alexander; 2008.


Juvenile Literature; works by and information about a prominent American juvenile literature author.

Separated Materials

Original sheet music is in the Music and Dance Special Collections Library. Other material items were removed to be included in the Lloyd Alexander exhibit in the Farnsworth Juvenile Literature Library in the Harold B. Lee Library.

Processing Information

Processed; Thomasina Morris; 2008.

Register of Lloyd Alexander papers
Thomasina Morris, student processor
June 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States