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Margaret Willey papers

Identifier: RHC-02

Collection Description

The Margaret Willey papers consist of the manuscript and galley proofs of Willey’s 1983 novel, The Bigger Book of Lydia. The collection includes the typescript, page proofs/mock-up, camera ready past-up, and galleys.


  • 1983


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


Margaret Willey is a Michigan-based writer of novels for young adults. Her books have garnered several distinctions, including listings as American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults and Recommended Books for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She published her first novel, The Bigger Book of Lydia, in 1983, and has since published novels and picture books to enthusiastic reviews. She received the 2002 Charlotte Zolotow Award for her original folktale, Clever Beatrice. Ms. Willey received a B.Ph. and B.A. from Grand Valley State College and an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University. She currently works on her many writing projects in Grand Haven, Michigan.


0.35 Linear feet (2 half boxes)

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Margaret Willey in 1986.
Margaret Willey papers, RHC-02
Special Collections & University Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States