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Roz Abisch Collection

Summary Information
Title: Roz Abisch Collection
Dates: 1969-1970
Creator: Abisch, Roz
Extent: 2 boxes
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-503
The Abisch Collection contains written and illustrative production material of 2 titles from 1969-1970, including typescripts, correspondence, collage illustrations, photostat dummy, and pencil studies.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Abisch, Roz

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:

Roz Abisch collection, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


The collection is arranged by manuscript title.

Biographical Sketch

Roslyn "Roz" Kroop Abisch was born April 2, 1927, in Brooklyn N.Y to Benjamin and Frieda Kroop. Educated at Brooklyn College in the 40s, Abisch rotated regularly between teaching and copywriting until the mid-60s when her book was published with lifelong companion Boche Kaplan, entitled Open Your Eyes. Together the two women collaborated on many additional titles, mainly working under the pseudonym 'A.K. Roche'.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author. Gale Research, Detroit. Vol 9, 1976.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Abisch Collection contains written production material from 2 titles, including typescripts, correspondence, text proofs, and notes. It also contains illustrative production material from 1 title Sweet Betsy From Pike, including a photostat dummy, collage illustrations, pencil studies and layouts, jacket proofs, photographic print proofs, and sheet music. Both titles are from the turn of the 70s.

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.
  • Abisch, Roz
  • Wyandot Indians -- Juvenile literature
  • Folk songs, English -- United States -- Texts
  • Christmas stories
  • Folk songs -- United States
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Twas in the Moon of Wintertime 1969  
Box 1
Corrected typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 1
Sweet Betsy from Pike 1970  
Box 1
Correspondence and research undated 1968-1970  Box 1 , Folder 2
Corrected typescript 1969  Box 1 , Folder 3
Correspondence 1969-1970  Box 1 , Folder 4
Photocopied sheet music for Sweet Betsy From Pike undated  Box 1 , Folder 5
Black and white photocopies of art pieces undated  Box 1 , Folder 6
Note  23 items
Proof pages clippings 1969  Box 1 , Folder 7
Carbon pencil studies undated  Box 1 , Folder 8
Note  12 items
Box 2
Collage Illustrations undated  Box 2
Note  4 items
oversized item removed from original backing for preservation. Original notes include front: "p. 27" and back: "Sweet Betsy from Pike, Abisch and Kaplan, 516 R04-9828, 516 106-4301"
Book jacket proof undated  Box 2
Note  1 item
Pencil Layouts undated  Box 2
Note  1 item
Edited galley proof 1969  Box 2
Note  8 tems
Photographic print proofs undated  Box 2
Note  2 items
Pencil drawings for collages undated  Box 2
Note  23 items