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Collection Title: Eleanor Coerr Papers

Collection Number: DG0201

Inclusive Dates: circa 1977

Volume: .25 cu. ft. (1 box)

Provenance : Donated by Eleanor Coerr in 1978.

Copyright: The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code).  Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research."  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, other than that noted above.

Biographical Sketch:

Eleanor Coerr (nee Page) was born on May 29, 1922 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada. She attended the University of Saskatchewan, and graduated from the Kadel Airbrush School in Chicago, in 1945. She later received a bachelor's degree in English from American University, and a master's in library science from the University of Maryland. She married Wymberley De Renne Coerr in 1965.

Ms. Coerr worked as a journalist and editor at newspapers in Canada, the U.S., and the Philippines between 1944 and 1960. During the 1960s, she worked for the U.S. Information Service, and the Voice of America. As the wife of a career diplomat, she spent many years abroad at foreign posts in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, and South America, where she found subjects for many of her books. Mostly, she writes easy-to-read books about foreign countries, historical periods, or strange animals. She wrote and illustrated her first book in 1945, though she didn't begin publishing on a regular basis until the 1970s.

Eleanor Coerr passed away in November of 2010.


Major Authors and Illustrators.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains materials for one book, and those materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. Sadako and the Thousand Cranes tells the story of a Japanese girl who contracts leukemia as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima. The collection holds one typescript for this title. Also included for this work is an origami crane.

Series and Subseries:

A. Book (1977)


Box Inventory


A. Book (1977)

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, illustrated by Ronald Himler (New York: Putnam, 1977).


Typescript, copy-edited; front matter, 2 pp., and pp. 1-40.


Origami crane, 1 item.

Processed: January 1999

This finding aid is a product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Created by: Dee Jones
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