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Virginia Allen Jensen Papers

Summary Information
Title: Virginia Allen Jensen Papers
Dates: 1968-1978
Creator: Jensen, Virginia Allen
Extent: .6 linear feet, manuscripts .1 cubic feet, illustrations
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-43
Virginia Allen Jensen's papers focus on her work both as author and translator of children's books. The collection includes typescripts, galley and page proofs, and front matter, along with a Danish book with Ms. Jensen's translation notes written in above part of the text.

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.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Bjornen og Mariehonen (Bear and Lady Bug),

Lemonade Murder, The,

Nisse from Timsgaard, The,

What's That?,

When the Cock Crows,

Biographical Sketch

Virginia Allen Jensen was born September 21, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa. She married Fleming Jakob Jensen in 1953 and had 3 children. She graduated from Bennington in 1950 and did graduate work at the University of Minnesota. She began writing children's books in the 1950s and published her first book, Lars Peter's Birthday in 1959. In the 1960s she also a began to translate Danish language children's books into English; her first translated work was Ib Spang Olsen's The Marsh Crone's Brew , published in 1960. Ms. Jensen has continued to write and translate, and her work has won recognition on both sides of the Atlantic and in each area of skill. Throughout her career she has been noted for her accurate translations, and for helping Danish children's books to become available to a wider audience. She has also written books for the blind, using texture and shape as a way of helping visually handicapped children explore the world of reading in new ways.

Biographical source: Something About the Author , vol. 8

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains material for 3 Danish titles translated by Ms. Jensen, one title written by her in English, and one Danish title the publication of which cannot be verified. The collection includes typescripts, galley and page proofs, front matter, and one Danish title with Ms. Jensen's translation notes written in parts of the book.

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.
  • Jensen, Virginia Allen
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Bjornen og Mariehonen (Bear and Lady Bug)  
Box MF486 folder 1
Typescript, corrected (8 p.)  Box MF486 folder 1
Lemonade Murder, The  
Box MF486 folder 1
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF486 folder 1
Box MF486 folders 1-2
Typescript, corrected (of translation) (86 p.)  Box MF486 folders 1-2
Nisse from Timsgaard, The  
Box MF486 folder 1
Typescript, corrected (43 p.)  Box MF486 folder 1
Box MF486 folder 2
Typescript, corrected (38 p.)  Box MF486 folder 2
Box MF486 folder 3
Typescript, corrected (40 p.)  Box MF486 folder 3
Box MF486 folder 4
Typescript, corrected (37 p.)  Box MF486 folder 4
Box MF486 folder 5
Typescript, corrected, miscellaneous pp. (5 p.)  Box MF486 folder 5
galley proof, corrected photocopy (19 p.)  Box MF486 folder 5
What's That?  
Box MC825
sheets of printed and collage artwork (raised texture) proof (11 p.)  Box MC825
When the Cock Crows  
Box MF486 folder 1
copy of Danish book Nar nanan galer with translator's notes written above some of the printed lines. (115 p.)  Box MF486 folder 1