Judith Ortiz Cofer collection


Title of collection or material

Judith Ortiz Cofer collection

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Creation dates

circa 1950s-2010, Bulk, 1980-1999

Source institution

General notes

The collection consists of a variety of materials donated by the author after her induction into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2010. It consists of manuscripts, correspondence, posters, and many other materials pertaining to her lengthy career.

Content notes

The manuscript material covers Cofer's entire career from early writings from the 1980s through the 2010s. The bulk of the manuscript material document her fictional works in the children and young adult genres, while also highlighting some non-fiction works and poetry collections. In some cases correspondence regarding specific manuscript drafts is mixed in with said drafts, and this order was preserved to maintain context. Occasional book cover designs and poetry chapbook layouts are also included with the manuscripts. The manuscripts series is divided by genre into 15 subseries. Within these subseries, materials are organized alphabetically by title and then chronologically by date.



47.0 Linear feet (47 cartons)


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Accompanying material

The non-manuscript items include materials related to Cofer’s professional career as a teacher and author. Of particular note are the correspondence, notebooks and journals, which provide insight into the early writing process, Cofer’s personal life, and the influence of editors and peers on Cofer’s published works. These subseries are divided into basic groupings but have not been organized in any particular order.

The posters include subject matter such as art, advertisements for readings, heritage, book art, etc.

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