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Collection Title: Shaaron Cosner Papers

Collection Number: DG0226

Inclusive Dates: circa 1979

Volume: .30 cu. ft. (1 box)

Provenance : Materials received by the de Grummond Collection in 1980 from Shaaron Cosner through her publisher, David McKay Co., Inc.

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:

Shaaron Cosner was born to Roy F. and Louise Bigelow on February 10, 1940 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her childhood was spent in various places around the world because her father was in the United State Air Force. She married Ron Cosner, a teacher, in 1962, and they have two children.

Cosner holds bachelor's (1965) and master's (1978) degrees in English from Arizona State University. It was during a class on children's literature that Cosner's professor approached her about having one of her papers published. That was the first moment that she realized she could get paid to do what she loves, writing.

During her career, Cosner worked as an instructor at Arizona State University and a teacher at Corona del Sol High School. Besides being a writer of science-oriented topics, Cosner has also contributed over fifty articles to periodicals such as Arizona, Arizona Highways, and Americana. Among her many published books are: American Windmills: Harnessers of Energy (1977), American Cowgirls: Yesterday and Today (1978), and Masks Around the World, and How to Make Them (1979).

Arizona State University houses the bulk of the Cosner Papers in their Special Collections.


Something About the Author, Vol. 43, pp. 68-69.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains galleys, page proofs, photographs, and a few miscellaneous items for the title Masks Around the World, and How to Make Them by Shaaron Cosner. The materials for this title are arranged in the probable order in which they were created.

Series and Subseries:

A. Correspondence

B. Book (1979)


Box Inventory


A. Correspondence


To and from the de Grummond Collection (2 items).

A. Book (1979)

Masks Around the World and How to Make Them by Shaaron Cosner, drawings by Ann George (New York: McKay, 1979).


Galley, dated 2/5/79,


Page proofs, dated 3/1/79,

1/4 paste-up (pp. ii-55),
1/5 paste-up (pp. 56-120),

miscellaneous materials (2 items).

Processed: January 1999; Revised: May 2017

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

Created by: Dee Jones & Danielle Bishop Stoulig
Prepared and maintained by
University of Southern Mississippi Libraries de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
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Revised: May 18, 2015