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Patricia Clapp Papers

Identifier: DG0187

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials for one book, and those materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. I'm Deborah Sampson tells a fictionalized version of a true story about a young woman who disguised herself as a man and enlisted on the American side during the Revolution. The collection holds one typescript for this book.


  • Creation: circa 1977

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; Available for research

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

Patricia Clapp was born on June 9, 1912 in Boston. She attended Columbia University for two years, and married Edward della Torre Cone in 1933, though she wrote under her maiden name. The couple had three children together. Ms. Clapp became involved with community theater after her marriage. She began writing plays for children when she was asked to produce a play for her daughters' Girl Scout troop. After writing several plays for community theater groups, she submitted one to a publisher in 1956, who accepted it.

For the next decade, she published numerous plays, before undertaking her first book in 1968. That year, she published Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth , which won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. It was also a runner-up for the National Book Award. She has written several other works of historical fiction, mostly focusing on eras of American history as seen through the eyes of girls and young women. In 1982, Witches' Children was named the American Library Association Best Young Adult Book.


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.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Patricia Clapp in 1977.

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

Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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