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Gail Haley papers

Identifier: MS0351

Scope and Contents

The Gail E. Haley Collection consists primarily of illustrations and rough drafts for the children’s books she has written. Materials developed in the composition of Haley’s books (which she either wrote or illustrated, or both) in this collection are: The ABC Book; Birdsong: story and pictures; Dream Peddler; Go Away, Stay Away; Jack and the Bean Tree; Jack and the Fire Dragon; Jack Jouett’s Ride; The Knitting Lady; Kokopelli; Lost in the City; Marguerite; Mask; Mountain Jack Tales; My Kingdom for a Dragon; Noah’s Ark; One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: a book of counting rhymes; Post Office Cat; Puss in Boots; Sea Tales; Shuffletown; and Two Bad Boys.


  • Creation: 1842 - 2005


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Gail Einhart Haley, the daughter of George Einhart and Louise Bell, was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1939, and grew up in the rural Shuffletown area, just outside of the city. Her father was the art director of the Charlotte Observer and her mother was also an artist. In addition to an interest in art, she also learned about printing techniques, including traditional block printing and color separation. Later, her interests took her into costume design and puppetry; knowledge she would employ in illustrating her books.

Haley made her literary debut by self-publishing her first book, My Kingdom for a Dragon, in 1962, financing its publication with a bank loan. Her first notable success in writing children's literature was A Story, A Story, which won her the famed Caldecott Medal in 1971. Later, while living in England, she wrote The Post Office Cat, for which she won the Greenaway Award in 1976. Part of Haley's success in writing children's literature is the didactic nature of her stories. To date, she has written over forty books.

Haley, who has traveled extensively and lived in the Caribbean, England and Asia, derives her literary inspiration from the places she visits. She is one of the very few authors to win both the British and American awards for illustration.

She now resides at Blowing Rock, North Carolina. She is the author-in-residence at Appalachian State University.


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Language of Materials



Papers and selected art work of Haley. The collection includes drafts of her books, printing blocks and color separations for some of her illustrations. Gail Haley was the first person to win both the Caldecott (American) and the Greenway (British) awards for children's book illustration.


Arranged into the following series: Book Drafts; Equipment; Puppetry; Non-Book Artists Work; Awards, Personal, 3-Dimensional Artifacts and Audiovisual Material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gail Haley 2004-2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Mayte Martinez, student assistant, summer 2015.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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