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Barbara Juster Esbensen Papers, undated, 1958-1996

Summary Information
Title: Barbara Juster Esbensen Papers
Dates: 1958-1996
Creator: Esbensen, Barbara Juster
Extent: 3 boxes (3.45 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-126
Abstract:
This collection consists of manuscript production materials for 18 published titles and 8 unpublished works for Barbara Juster Esbensen, including typescripts and correspondence dating from 1958 to 1996.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Esbensen, Barbara Juster.

Barbara Juster Esbensen began contributing to the Kerlan Collection in 1977, with a draft of A Celebration of Bees: Helping Children Write Poetry manuscript. Contributions included a collection of pictures she used as classroom aids and a sample of her students' production. She made contributions of poetry and retold tales manuscripts in 1984, 1988, and 1990, including production materials for Cold Stars and Fireflies, The Star Maiden, Great Northern Diver and Who Shrank My Grandmother's House ? Production and promotion materials for these and other titles were sent as they became available. When Ms. Esbensen died in 1996, her family contributed her remaining manuscript files to the Kerlan Collection, including manuscripts for several unpublished titles.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is requred. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Copyright:

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Barbara Juster Esbensen Papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series:

  • Series 1: Publications
  • Series 2: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials

Titles that are unpublished are noted in the collection contents listing.


Biographical Sketch

Barbara Juster Esbensen (1925-1996), was born in Madison, WI, and received her B.S. in Art Education from the university there in 1947. She taught in Wisconsin, the Eastern Caroline Islands in the Pacific, Eureka, CA, and at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, before becoming a creative arts consultant at that college. Ms. Esbensen's work can be roughly divided into three areas: collections of poetry, retold tales, and books about animals. In all of them, her goal was, "To use language that will place an IMAGE in the reader's mind." Ms. Esbensen received the 1988 Minnesota Book Award for her retelling of the Ojibway folktale, The Star Maiden . In 2002 she was given the Kerlan Award posthumously for her achivements in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation of her generous contribution of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , Vol. 62, p. 32-34 Something About the Author , Vol. 97, p. 73-76


Collection Scope and Content Note

Barbara Esbensen's contribution to the Kerlan Collection includes manuscript production materials for 18 published titles and 8 unpublished work, and includes typescripts, galley proofs, dummies, clippings, reviews, notes and correspondence dating from 1958-1996.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • This 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.
  • Esbensen, Barbara Juster
  • Humpback whale -- Juvenile literature
  • Mammals -- Juvenile literature
  • Poetry -- Study and teaching
  • Child authors
  • Seasons -- Juvenile poetry
  • Children's poetry, American
  • Dance -- Juvenile poetry
  • Dancers -- Juvenile poetry
  • Children's poetry, American
  • Dreams -- Juvenile fiction
  • Sleep -- Juvenile fiction
  • Night -- Juvenile fiction
  • Mice -- Juvenile fiction
  • Seneca Indians -- Legends
  • American bison -- Folklore
  • Loons -- Juvenile literature
  • Ojibwa Indians -- Folklore
  • Indians of North America -- Folklore
  • North American river otter -- Juvenile literature
  • Sponges -- Juvenile literature
  • Cheetah -- Juvenile literature
  • Seasons -- Juvenile literature
  • Great horned owl -- Juvenile literature
  • Animals -- Juvenile poetry
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Series 1: Publications, 1963-1996 
 
Baby Whales Drink Milk, 1994 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Page Proof, Dummy 1992-1993  Box 1 , Folder 2
 
Notes, Correspondence, Reviews 1992-1994  Box 1 , Folder 3
 
Blind Boy and the Loon,The, undated 
Note (unpublished)
Box 1
Holograph, Typescript, Corrected Typescript, Notes 1990  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Celebration of Bees, A: Helping Children to Write Poetry, 1975 
Box 1
Holograph, Typescript, Notes undated  Box 1 , Folder 5-8
 
Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 9
 
Holograph undated  Box 1 , Folder 10-12
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 13
 
Photocopied Holograph, Photocopied Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 14
 
Photocopied Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 15-17
 
Correspondence, Photocopies of Illustrations, Holograph 1974-1995  Box 1 , Folder 18
 
Correspondence, Reviews 1975-1977, 1990-1996  Box 1 , Folder 19
 
Ceremony of Innocence, A, undated 
Note (unpublished)
Box 1
Typescript, Corrected Typescript, Correspondence 1981  Box 1 , Folder 20
 
Cold Stars and Fireflies: Poems of the Four Seasons, 1984 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 21
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 22
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 23
 
Corrected Galley Proof 1983  Box 1 , Folder 24
 
Dummy, Photocopied Dummy undated  Box 1 , Folder 25
 
Correspondence, Reviews 1984-1986  Box 1 , Folder 26
 
Dance With Me, 1995 
Box 2
Holograph, Corrected Typescript, Notes 1988  Box 2 , Folder 7
 
Corrected Photocopied Page Proof, Correspondence 1994-1995  Box 2 , Folder 8
 
Copies of Illustrations 1994  Box 2 , Folder 9
 
Dummy, Reviews 1994-1995  Box 2 , Folder 10
 
Don't Call Me Baby, undated 
Note (unpublished)
Box 2
Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 11
 
Corrected Typescript 1986  Box 2 , Folder 12
 
Dream Mouse, The: A Lullabye Tale from Old Latvia, 1995 
Box 2
Corrected typescript, Notes, Correspondence, Reviews 1990-1995  Box 2 , Folder 13
 
Corrected Galley Proof, Bound Dummy 1994  Box 2 , Folder 14
 
Echos for the Eyes: Poems to Celebrate Patterns in Nature, 1996 
Box 2
Holograph, Corrected Typescript 1993  Box 2 , Folder 15-16
 
Photocopied Galley Proof, Corrected Page Proofs 1991-1994  Box 2 , Folder 17
 
Correspondence, Research Material 1991-1994  Box 2 , Folder 18
 
Flavia, undated 
Note (unpublished)
Box 2
Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 19
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 20
 
Goniff, The, undated 
Note (unpublished)
Box 2
Corrected Typescript, Photographs undated  Box 2 , Folder 21
 
Grandfather's Ivory, undated 
Note (unpublished)
Box 2
Holograph, Corrected Typescript, Notes undated  Box 2 , Folder 22
 
Great Buffalo Race, The: How the Buffalo Got Its Hump, 1994 
Box 2
Corrected Typescript 1991  Box 2 , Folder 23
 
Correspondence, Research Material, Reviews, Corrected Galley Proof 1992-1995  Box 2 , Folder 24
 
Great Northern Diver: The Loon, 1990 
Box 2
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 25
 
Corrected Galley Proofs 1989-1992  Box 2 , Folder 26
 
Correspondence, Reviews 1988-1994  Box 2 , Folder 27
 
Dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 28
 
Research Material undated  Box 2 , Folder 29
 
Ladder to the Sky: How the Gift of Healing Came to the Ojibwe Nation: A Legend Retold, 1989 
Box 2
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 30
 
Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 31
 
Photocopied Dummy, Corrected Galley Proof 1987  Box 2 , Folder 32
 
Dummy, Photocopies of Illustrations 1987  Box 2 , Folder 33
Box 3
Correspondence, Reviews, Research Material 1987-1992  Box 3 , Folder 1
 
Night Rainbow, The, 2000 
Box 3
Corrected Typescripts, Correspondence, Research Material 1994  Box 3 , Folder 8
 
Correspondence, Photocopies of Illustrations, Booklet 1990-1995  Box 3 , Folder 9
 
Piano Story, undated 
Note (unpublished)
Box 3
Holograph, Clippings 1980  Box 3 , Folder 10
 
Playful Slider: The North American River Otter, 1993 
Box 3
Corrected Typescripts 1991  Box 3 , Folder 11
 
Correspondence, Reviews, Clippings 1991-1994  Box 3 , Folder 12
 
Sam Druzenberg, The, undated 
Note (unpublished)
Box 3
Holograph, Photocopied Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 15
 
Sponges are Skeletons, 1993 
Box 3
Corrected Typescripts, Correspondence 1989-1991  Box 3 , Folder 16
 
Correspondence, Reviews 1991-1995  Box 3 , Folder 17
 
Photocopied Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 3 , Folder 18
 
Illustrations undated  Box 3 , Folder 19
 
Star Maiden, The: An Ojibwe Tale, 1988 
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescript 1986  Box 3 , Folder 20
 
Corrected Galley Proof, Dummy 1987  Box 3 , Folder 21
 
Correspondence, Reviews 1987-1988  Box 3 , Folder 22
 
Swift as the Wind: The Cheetah, 1996 
Box 3
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Photocopied Galley Proof, Correspondence 1994-1995  Box 3 , Folder 23
 
Research Material undated  Box 3 , Folder 24
 
Swing Around the Sun: Poems, 1965 
Box 3
Holograph, Correspondence 1963-1970  Box 3 , Folder 25
 
Reviews, Clippings 1965  Box 3 , Folder 26
 
Tiger with Wings: The Great Horned Owl, 1991 
Box 3
Corrected Typescript 1990  Box 3 , Folder 27
 
Correspondence, Reviews, Research Material 1991-1996  Box 3 , Folder 28
 
Who Shrank My Grandmother's House?: Poems of Discovery, 1992 
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescripts 1988  Box 3 , Folder 29
 
Corrected Galley Proof, Corrected Photocopied Galley Proof 1990  Box 3 , Folder 30
 
Correspondence, Reviews 1992-1994  Box 3 , Folder 31
 
Words With Wrinkled Knees: Animal Poems, 1986 
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 3 , Folder 32
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 3 , Folder 33
 
Corrected Galley Proofs, Photocopied Corrected Galley Proofs 1985-1986  Box 3 , Folder 34
 
Correspondence, Notes, Reviews 1986-1989  Box 3 , Folder 35
 
Series 3: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials, 1958-1996 
Box 1
Completed Poems: Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 1978  Box 1 , Folder 27
 
Correspondence 1988-1992  Box 1 , Folder 28
 
Correspondence 1989-1996  Box 1 , Folder 29
 
Correspondence 1981-1995  Box 1 , Folder 30
 
Correspondence 1984-1986  Box 1 , Folder 31
 
Correspondence 1985-1993  Box 1 , Folder 32
 
Correspondence 1989-1996  Box 2 , Folder 1
 
Correspondence 1988-1993  Box 2 , Folder 2
 
Correspondence 1992-1993  Box 2 , Folder 3
 
Correspondence, Clippings 1988-1995  Box 2 , Folder 4
 
Correspondence, Clippings 1958-1970, 1992-1993  Box 2 , Folder 5
 
Correspondence, Clippings 1963-1968, 1982-1995  Box 2 , Folder 6
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescripts, Clippings 1988  Box 3 , Folder 2
 
Corrected Typescripts, Clippings, Correspondence, Notes 1975-1994  Box 3 , Folder 3
 
Holograph, Typescript, Corrected Typescript, Clippings 1975-1988  Box 3 , Folder 4
 
Notes, Holograph, Corrected Typescript, Clippings, Correspondence 1988-1990  Box 3 , Folder 5
 
Copies of Illustrations 1991  Box 3 , Folder 6
 
Corrected Galley Proof, Correspondence 1981-1990  Box 3 , Folder 7
 
Poems by Students: Holograph, Typescript 1993  Box 3 , Folder 13
 
Poems by Students: Holograph, Typescript, Correspondence 1993  Box 3 , Folder 14