Ann M. Martin papers
Scope and Contents
Holograph refers to writing in Ann Martin’s own hand. Typescript refers to pages typed using either a typewriter or a computer. Outlines will sometimes include notes, ideas, and preliminary materials. Synopses will sometimes include chapter outlines, plot, and character descriptions. Drafts are generally an entire manuscript written out from beginning to end; drafts often have some editorial markings or annotations.
A number of abbreviations are used, including BSC (Baby-sitters Club), LS (Little Sisters), and AM (Ann M. Martin).
Dates of Materials
- 1977 - 2020
- Martin, Ann M., 1955- (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
Ms. Martin gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, actual childhood events, and memories. In many of her books, she tackles contemporary problems or issues. She takes on subject matter as varied as cancer, death, divorce, re-marriage, drinking, drugs, bullying, kidnapping and dating. All of Ms. Martin’s characters, even the members of the Baby-sitters Club, are fictional, but many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes Ms. Martin names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes.
Ms. Martin has always enjoyed writing. Even before she was old enough to write, she would dictate stories to her mother to write down for her. Some of her favorite authors during her childhood were Lewis Carroll, P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl. These authors, and others, inspired her to become a writer herself.
Starting in the early 1980s, Ms. Martin was hired for a handful of projects whereby she wrote books that accompanied popular TV series and movies. During this time she also wrote several award-winning books of her own. The first Baby-Sitters Club book was published in 1986. Since finishing that highly successful series, as well as the many spin-off series—which included the BSC Mysteries, Baby-sitters Little Sisters, The Kids in Ms. Colman’s Class, and California Diaries — her writing has again concentrated on single novels, several of which are collaborations with other authors. She is also the author of The Doll People books (written with Laura Godwin), A Dog's Life, Everything For a Dog, and the Newbery Award-winning A Corner of the Universe.
After living in New York City for many years, Ms. Martin moved to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York where she now lives with her dog, Sadie, and her cats, Gussie, Pippin and Simon. During any free time she may have she enjoys reading, sewing, and needlework.
26.313 linear feet (56 containers)
Language of Materials
Organized into thirteen series: I. Baby-sitters Club Books. II. Baby-sitters Club Little Sisters Books. III. Baby-sitters Club Mysteries. IV. Baby-sitters Club California Diaries. V. The Kids in Ms. Coleman's Class. VI. Baby-sitters Club Portrait Collection. VII. Baby-sitters Club Super Specials. VIII. Baby-sitters Club Friends Forever. IX. Baby-sitters Club Extras. X. Main Street Series. XI. Other works. XII. Foreign language edtions. XIII. Audio Visual.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Other Finding Aids
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Alzheimer's disease -- Juvenile literature
- Authors, American -- 20th century
- Authors, American -- 21st century
- Autism -- Juvenile literature
- Children's literature
- Danziger, Paula, 1944-2004
- Divorce -- Juvenile literature
- Dyslexia -- Juvenile literature
- Electronic records
- Martin, Ann M., 1955-
- Punky Brewster.
- Webster, Jean Daddy-Long-Legs.
- Women authors
- Finding aid to the Ann M. Martin papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2019-10-22: Updated legacy finding aid and published.
- 2019-10-29: Imported container inventory
- 2020-07-22: Description added for born-digital content.
- 2021-01-29: Accession 2020-M-0021 added
- 2021-06-09: Added Accession 2021-M-0054
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