Elizabeth (Betsy) Hearne is the former director of the Center for Children's Books and a professor emerita in the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, where she taught children's literature and storytelling. Hearne has published numerous books and articles on children's literature, including Choosing Books for Children: A Common Sense Guide and Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale. In addition, Hearne is an accomplished children's book author; her 1997 book Seven Brave Women won the prestigious Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Over the decades, Hearne has served as an editor and contributor to several magazines and journals, including Booklist, The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books, and The Horn Book Magazine.
The papers of Betsy Hearne consist of correspondence, research files, conference papers, book proposals, publisher agreements, teaching materials, VHS and audiocassette tapes, photographs, author talks, drafts, poems, and publications. In addition, the collection contains the early organizational records of The Center for Children's Books as well as Hearne's research collection of books, articles, VHS and audiocassette tapes, and toys related to the story of Beauty and the Beast.
This collection is organized into six series. Series 1: Subject files, organized alphabetically; Series 2: Presentations and Author Talks, listed chronologically; Series 3: Drafts, arranged chronologically; Series 4: Center for Children's Books Records, organized alphabetically; Series 5: Publications, arranged chronologically; and Series 6: Beauty and the Beast, arranged alphabetically by author.
Professor Hearne's archived websites (as of 2017) can be accessed via the following links: