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Lois Lowry collection

Identifier: 0209

Collection Scope and Content

This collection includes correspondence, articles, interview and published work in periodicals.


  • 1977-1997



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection.

Biographical / Historical

Lois Lowry was born in Hawaii in 1937. Because of her father's army career as a dentist, the family travelled all over the world. She married Donald Grey Lowry, a U.S. Navy officer, in 1956. Together, they had four children: daughters Alix and Kristin, and sons Grey and Benjamin. While raising her children, Lowry completed her degree in English literature at the University of Southern Maine in Portland in 1972. After earning her B.A., she continued at the school to pursue graduate studies. In 1977, at the age of 40, Lowry's first book, "A Summer to Die", was published. She and Donald Lowry divorced that same year. Lowry is the author of several books for children and young adults, including The Giver Quartet and Number the Stars, which both won The Newbury Medal. She is known for writing about difficult subject matters and complex themes in works for young audiences. Her book Gooney Bird Greene won the 2002 Rhode Island Children's Book Award. She splits her time between Massachusetts and Maine.


2 folders

Language of Materials



This collection is organized as a single series. Arranged by subject.

Guide to the Lois Lowry collection, 1977-1997
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Maine Women Writers Collection Repository

Abplanalp Library
University of New England
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland Maine 04103 United States