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Mirra Ginsburg Papers

Summary Information
Title: Mirra Ginsburg Papers
Dates: 1962-1982
Creator: Ginsburg, Mirra
Extent: 1.7 linear feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English, Russian, and German
Collection Number: CLRC-1251
Abstract:
The collection focuses on Ginsburg's work as a translator, adaptor, editor, and author of folk and fairy tales and Russian literature. The collection contains production material for 31 titles published between 1968 and 1982, with some material dating back to 1962. Production materials include holographs, corrected typescripts and carbons, galley proofs, and a suggested dummy; some of the material is in Russian. The collection also contains correspondence to and from Mirra Ginsburg, and miscellaneous material related to the Internationale Buchkunst-Ausstellung Leipzig in 1977; some of the miscellaneous material is in German.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.

Copyright:

This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Arrangement

Across the Stream, 1982

Air of Mars, The, and Other Stories of Time and Space, 1976

Alice: Some Incidents in the Life of a Little Girl, 1977

Daughter of Night: A Tale of Three Worlds, 1974

Diary of Nina Kosterina, The, 1968

Fisherman's Son, The: Adapted from a Georgian Folktale, 1979

Fox and the Hare, The, 1969

Good Morning, Chick, 1980

How the Sun Was Brought Back to the Sky, 1975

How Wilka Went to Sea, and Other Tales from West of the Urals, 1975

Kaha Bird, The: Tales from the Steppes of Central Asia, 1971

Kitten from One to Ten, 1980

Lazies, The: Tales of the People of Russia, 1973

Little Rystu, 1978

Master of the Winds, The, and Other Tales from Siberia, 1970

Miscellaneous,

Mushroom in the Rain, 1974

Night it Rained Pancakes, The: Adapted from a Russian Folktale, 1980

One Trick Too Many: Fox Stories from Russia, 1973

Ookie-Spooky, 1979

Pampalche of the Silver Teeth, 1976

Proud Maiden, The, Tungak, and the Sun: A Russian Eskimo Tale, 1974

Striding Slippers, 1978

Strongest one of All, The: Based on a Caucasian Folktale, 1977

Sun's Asleep Behind the Hill, The, 1982

Three Rolls and One Doughnut, 1970

Twelve Clever Brothers and Other Fools, The: Folktales from Russia, 1979

Two Greedy Bears, 1976

What Kind of Bird is That?, 1973

Where Does the Sun Go at Night?, 1981

Which is the Best Place?, 1976

White Ship, The, 1972


Biographical Sketch

Mirra Ginsburg was born in Bobruisk, Russia (now Belarus). She attended school in Russia, Latvia, Canada, and the United States. Throughout her long and prolific career she has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and translator from Russian and Yiddish. She began translating Russian literature for adults in the 1960s, and in 1969 she published her first retelling of a Russian folktale for children. In 1970 she published a collection of tales. Over the next two decades she continued to translate, adapt, edit, and/or retell many folktales and stories, including several works of science fiction. Critics have praised her works, and she is a well-respected translator and editor who is also recognized for her charming adaptations and succinct translations of folktales for children. She has received a variety of honors for her work.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol 6, 92; Children's Literature Review vol. 45


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 31 titles published between 1968-1982, with some material dating back to 1962. Production materials include holographs, corrected typescripts, some carbons or photocopies, notes and research material, front matter, corrected galley proofs, and a suggested dummy; some of the material is in Russian. The collection also contains correspondence to and from Ginsburg, and some miscellaneous material related to the Internationale Buchkunst-Ausstellung in Leipzig in 1977; some of the miscellaneous material is in German.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Ginsburg, Mirra
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Across the Stream 1982 
Box MF346 folder 1
holograph (3 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
3 typescripts, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
Air of Mars, The, and Other Stories of Time and Space 1976 
Box MF346 folder 1
typescript, corrected partial carbon (21 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (28 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (22 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (10 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
Box MF346 folder 2
typescript, corrected photocopy (12 p.)  Box MF346 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected carbon (12 p.)  Box MF346 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected carbon (14 p.)  Box MF346 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected carbon (10 p.)  Box MF346 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected carbon (14 p.)  Box MF346 folder 2
Box MF346 folder 3
typescript, corrected carbon (14 p.)  Box MF346 folder 3
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (6 p.)  Box MF346 folder 3
 
typescript, corrected carbon (22 p.)  Box MF346 folder 3
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (9 p.)  Box MF346 folder 3
 
typescript, corrected carbon (12 p.)  Box MF346 folder 3
Box MF346 folder 4
typescript, corrected carbon (12 p.)  Box MF346 folder 4
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (5 p.)  Box MF346 folder 4
 
typescript, corrected carbon (34 p.)  Box MF346 folder 4
 
typescript, corrected carbon (34 p.)  Box MF346 folder 4
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (12 p.)  Box MF346 folder 4
Box MF346 folder 5
editor's notes (3 p.)  Box MF346 folder 5
 
notes on the authors (11 p.)  Box MF346 folder 5
 
notes (35 p.)  Box MF346 folder 5
 
research materials (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 5
 
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF346 folder 5
 
galley proof, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF346 folder 5
 
Alice: Some Incidents in the Life of a Little Girl 1977 
Box MF346 folder 1
typescript, corrected (36 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (17 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
Daughter of Night: A Tale of Three Worlds 1974 
Box MF883 folders 1-3
typescript, corrected partial photocopy (151 p.)  Box MF883 folders 1-3
Box MF883 folder 4
galley proof, corrected (48 p.)  Box MF883 folder 4
 
Diary of Nina Kosterina, The 1968 
Box MF883 folders 1-2
typescript, corrected (190 p.)  Box MF883 folders 1-2
Box MF883 folder 3
typescript (21 p.)  Box MF883 folder 3
Box MF883 folder 4
notes, some in Russian (54 p.)  Box MF883 folder 4
Box MF883 folder 5
photocopy of original text detached from magazine, in Russian (76 p.)  Box MF883 folder 5
 
Fisherman's Son, The: Adapted from a Georgian Folktale 1979 
Box MF346 folder 1
typescript, corrected partial photocopy, and holograph (8 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (5 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (8 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (5 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (6 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, partial carbon (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
Fox and the Hare, The 1969 
Box MF346 folder 1
typescript, corrected carbon (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
notes (3 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (3 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial photocopy (5 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
notes on illustrations (2 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
Good Morning, Chick 1980 
Box MF346 folder 1
holograph (3 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
How the Sun Was Brought Back to the Sky 1975 
Box MF346 folder 1
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (5 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
 
How Wilka Went to Sea, and Other Tales from West of the Urals 1975 
Box MF346 folder 1
typescript, corrected, and holograph (72 p.)  Box MF346 folder 1
Box MF346 folder 2
typescript, corrected carbon (93 p.)  Box MF346 folder 2
Box MF346 folder 3
typescript and holograph, corrected photocopy (5 p.)  Box MF346 folder 3
 
galley proof, corrected (34 p.)  Box MF346 folder 3
 
Kaha Bird, The: Tales from the Steppes of Central Asia 1971 
Box MF347 folders 1-2
typescript, corrected (125 p.)  Box MF347 folders 1-2
Box MF347 folders 3-4
typescript, corrected partial carbon (185 p.)  Box MF347 folders 3-4
Box MF347 folder 5
correspondence (14 p.)  Box MF347 folder 5
 
notes (14 p.)  Box MF347 folder 5
Box MF347 folder 6
galley proof, corrected (50 p.)  Box MF347 folder 6
 
Kitten from One to Ten 1980 
Box MF347 folder 1
holograph (7 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (2 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (2 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
suggested dummy (13 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
Lazies, The: Tales of the People of Russia 1973 
Box MF347 folder 1
typescript, corrected carbon (50 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (39 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
Box MF347 folder 2
notes (2 p.)  Box MF347 folder 2
 
correspondence (7 p.)  Box MF347 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected partial photocopy, with front matter (46 p.)  Box MF347 folder 2
Box MF347 folder 3
galley proof, corrected (25 p.)  Box MF347 folder 3
 
Little Rystu 1978 
Box MF347 folder 1
holograph (1 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (8 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (6 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (10 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (6 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (7 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
correspondence, with note by Ginsburg (7 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (6 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
Master of the Winds, The, and Other Tales from Siberia 1970 
Box MF347 folder 1
typescript, corrected partial carbon (42 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
Box MF347 folders 2-3
typescript, corrected carbon (136 p.)  Box MF347 folders 2-3
Box MF347 folder 4
typescript, corrected partial carbon (23 p.)  Box MF347 folder 4
 
notes (24 p.)  Box MF347 folder 4
 
Miscellaneous  
Box MF883 folder 1
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF883 folder 1
 
brochure (1 p.)  Box MF883 folder 1
 
Goldmedaille (bound item) for title Mushroom in the Rain (1 p.)  Box MF883 folder 1
 
Mushroom in the Rain 1974 
Box MF347 folder 1
typescript, corrected, with front matter (5 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
notes (2 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
Night it Rained Pancakes, The: Adapted from a Russian Folktale 1980 
Box MF883 folder 1
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF883 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (4 p.)  Box MF883 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (8 p.)  Box MF883 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF883 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial photocopy with note (7 p.)  Box MF883 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF883 folder 1
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF883 folder 1
 
One Trick Too Many: Fox Stories from Russia 1973 
Box MF347 folder 1
holograph and typescript , corrected partial carbon (4 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (18 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (24 p.)  Box MF347 folder 1
Box MF347 folder 2
galley proof, corrected (12 p.)  Box MF347 folder 2
 
correspondence (10 p.)  Box MF347 folder 2
 
typescript, carbon (1 p.)  Box MF347 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected carbon (1 p.)  Box MF347 folder 2
 
notes (3 p.)  Box MF347 folder 2
 
Ookie-Spooky 1979 
Box MF348 folder 1
holograph (8 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript (2 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript (1 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript with illustration suggestions (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
Pampalche of the Silver Teeth 1976 
Box MF348 folder 1
typescript, corrected (9 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (10 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
correspondence (7 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
Proud Maiden, The, Tungak, and the Sun: A Russian Eskimo Tale 1974 
Box MF348 folder 1
typescript, corrected carbon (6 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (7 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
research notes (1 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (8 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (8 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (8 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
Striding Slippers 1978 
Box MF348 folder 1
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon (6 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (8 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon and photocopy (8 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
correspondence (8 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
Strongest one of All, The: Based on a Caucasian Folktale 1977 
Box MF348 folder 1
typescript, corrected photocopy (1 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript (2 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (2 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (2 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
Sun's Asleep Behind the Hill, The 1982 
Box MF348 folder 1
holograph (1 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (3 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected photocopy (3 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
Three Rolls and One Doughnut 1970 
Box MF348 folder 1
holograph and typescript, corrected carbon (40 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
Box MF348 folder 2
typescript, corrected carbon, with front matter (41 p.)  Box MF348 folder 2
Box MF348 folder 3
typescript, corrected carbon, partial photocopy, with front matter (53 p.)  Box MF348 folder 3
Box MF348 folder 4
galley proof, corrected (12 p.)  Box MF348 folder 4
 
galley proof, corrected (11 p.)  Box MF348 folder 4
Box MF348 folder 5
page proof, corrected (38 p.)  Box MF348 folder 5
 
notes (3 p.)  Box MF348 folder 5
 
correspondence (9 p.)  Box MF348 folder 5
 
Twelve Clever Brothers and Other Fools, The: Folktales from Russia 1979 
Box MF883 folders 1-2
typescript, corrected partial carbon (73 p.)  Box MF883 folders 1-2
Box MF883 folder 2
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF883 folder 2
 
Two Greedy Bears 1976 
Box MF348 folder 1
holograph (2 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (3 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (3 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
galley proof (2 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
What Kind of Bird is That? 1973 
Box MF348 folder 1
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
Where Does the Sun Go at Night? 1981 
Box MF348 folder 1
holograph (1 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript (1 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
Which is the Best Place? 1976 
Box MF348 folder 1
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, mostly corrected carbon (5 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected, with front matter (5 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
White Ship, The 1972 
Box MF348 folder 1
holograph and typescript, corrected partial carbon (11 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (10 p.)  Box MF348 folder 1
Box MF348 folders 2-3
typescript, corrected carbon (180 p.)  Box MF348 folders 2-3
Box MF348 folders 4-5
typescript, miscellaneous corrected partial carbon (87 p.)  Box MF348 folders 4-5
Box MF348 folder 6
galley proof, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF348 folder 6
 
correspondence (7 p.)  Box MF348 folder 6
 
notes (21 p.)  Box MF348 folder 6