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Thelma and Corydon Bell Papers

Identifier: MSS 0018

Scope and Contents

The Thelma and Corydon Bell Papers date from 1956 to 1972 and include three original typescripts, eleven original drawings, one jacket proof and one sample page.


  • 1956 - 1972


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Thelma Harrington Bell (1896-1985) and Corydon Whitten Bell (1894-1980) were North Carolina authors. As a husband and wife team, they wrote and illustrated a number of children's books, many about North Carolina. In 1961 Thelma Bell received the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, and several of the Bells' books have been Junior Literary Guild selections. Corydon Bell also did illustrations for magazines and books by other authors.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Thelma Harrington Bell (1896-1985) and Corydon Whitten Bell (1894-1980) were a husband and wife team from North Carolina who wrote and illustrated a number of award-winning children's books.

The Thelma and Corydon Bell Papers date from 1956 to 1972 and include original typescripts and drawings.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Thelma and Corydon Bell; the 6 drawings by Corydon Bell were given by Ina Forbus in June 1960.

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Processed by Archives Staff, Encoded by Jason Alston, July 2009;

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
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