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Judith Viorst Papers, 1972-2013

Summary Information
Title: Judith Viorst papers
Dates: 1973-2013
Creator: Viorst, Judith
Extent: .4 cubic feet (1 box)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-1676
This collection consists of typescripts and production materials for seven titles by Judith Viorst.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Viorst, Judith

Access Restrictions:

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.


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:

Judith Viorst papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Collection is arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Biographical Sketch of Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst was born in Newark, NJ in 1931. Viorst earned degrees from Rutgers University and the Washinton Psychoanalytic Institute, and has worked as a poet and journalist, though she is most beloved for her children's books. She lives in Washington, D.C, with her husband Milton, and has three adult children.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains typescripts, page proofs, correspondence, and other materials related to the creation of seven titles by Judith Viorst.

Subject 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.
  • Viorst, Judith
  • Children's poetry, American
  • Cooperativeness
  • Dogs
  • Dog walking
  • Money-making projects for children
  • Mothers
  • Monsters
  • Friendship
  • Orderliness
  • Cleanliness
  • Sisters
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries, 1981  
Box 1
Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 1
Correspondence, notes, proof pages 1981, undated  Box 1 , Folder 2
Lulu's Mysterious Mission, 2014  
Box 1
Corrected typescript 2013 Box 1 , Folder 3
Lulu Walks the Dog, 2012  
Box 1
Corrected typescript undated Box 1 , Folder 4
My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things, 1987  
Box 1
Page Proof, F&G, dummy pages (photocopies) undated Box 1 , Folder 5
Corrected typescripts, correspondence 1972-1973 Box 1 , Folder 6
Rosie and Michael, 1974  
Box 1
Corrected typescripts, correspondence, notes 1973, umdated Box 1 , Folder 7
Dummy photocopy, illustrations photocopies, correspondence umdated Box 1 , Folder 8
The Southpaw, 1974  
Note Story published in Free to Be... You and Me
Box 1
Corrected typescripts, correspondence 1974, undated Box 1 , Folder 9
Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest, 2001  
Box 1
Typescript, dummy printouts undated Box 1 , Folder 10
Dummy photocopy undated Box 1 , Folder 11
Corrected page proofs, jacket proof 2001 Box 1 , Folder 12
Illustration photocopies, correspondence, notes 1998-2000, undated Box 1 , Folder 13