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Barbara Robinson Collection

Summary Information
Title: Barbara Robinson Collection
Dates: 1965-1972
Creator: Robinson, Barbara
Extent: 21 folders
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1362
The Barbara Robinson Collection contains written production material for three titles published between 1965 and 1972, including holographs, typescripts, correspondence and notes.

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.


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.


Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The, 1972

Fattest Bear in the First Grade, The, 1969

Trace Through the Forest, 1965

Biographical Sketch

Barbara Webb Robinson was born October 24, 1927, in Portsmouth, OH. Educated at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania until 1948, Robinson has spent the vast majority of her career days as a freelance writer. 1962 announced her publishing debut with a Lothrop release entitled Across From Indian Shore . Known for her zany characters engaging in outrageous actions, Robinson repeatedly takes things in uproarious measures to the apt children's audience she fittingly targets. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever published in 1972 has received countless accolades and was adapted to stage and screen in the early 80s. Her follow-up, The Best School Year Ever , filled reviews with promise and praise in confidence, a sign that longevity is in order. Peer

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Barbara Robinson Collection contains written production material for three titles published between 1965 and 1972, including holographs, typescripts (corrected, photocopy, corrected carbon), correspondence and notes.

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.
  • Robinson, Barbara
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The 1972 
Note  New York: Harper, 1972
Box MF 1899-1985
holograph (2 p.)  Box MF 1899-1985
typescript (79 p.)  Box MF 1899-1985
typescript, corrected (480 p.)  Box MF 1899-1985
typescript, photocopy (168 p.)  Box MF 1899-1985
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF 1899-1985
notes (4 p.)  Box MF 1899-1985
Fattest Bear in the First Grade, The 1969 
Note  New York: Random House, 1969
Box MF 1985
typescript, corrected (28 p.)  Box MF 1985
typescript, corrected carbon (5 p.)  Box MF 1985
Trace Through the Forest 1965 
Note  New York: Lothrop, 1965
Box MF 1899
typescript, corrected (217 p.)  Box MF 1899