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Norma Farber Papers

Summary Information
Title: Norma Farber Papers
Dates: 1967-1997
Creator: Farber, Norma
Extent:
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-630
Abstract:
Norma Farber's papers contain production material for 20 children's books. It includes typescripts, galley proofs, clippings, correspondence, and research material.

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.

Copyright:

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.


Arrangement

As I Was Crossing Boston Common, 1975

Boston Public Library Children's Books International IV--Folklore, Unique and Universal--May 14-16, 1978, 1978

Did You Know It Was the Narwhale?, 1967

How Does It Feel to Be Old?, 1979

How the Hibernators Came to Bethlehem, 1980

How the Left-Handed Beast Built Ararat, 1978

How to Ride a Tiger, 1983

I Found Them in the Yellow Pages, 1973

Mercy Short: A Winter Journal, North Boston, 1692-1693, 1982

Never Say Ugh to a Bug, 1979

Night on Gars Mountain, 1981

Ship in a Storm on the Way to Tarshish, 1977

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, 1977

Small Wonders, 1979

There Goes Feathertop, 1979

There Once Was a Woman Who Married a Man, 1978

This Is the Ambulance Leaving the Zoo, 1975

Three Wanderers from Wapping, 1978

Where's Gomer?, 1974

Boy Who Longed for a Lift, 1997

Up the Down Elevator, 1979


Biographical Sketch

Norma Holzman was born in August of 1909 in Boston, MA. In 1928, at the age of 18, she married Sidney Farber, then a recent Harvard Medical School graduate . Early in their marriage, the Farbers lived in Europe, where Dr. Farber was continuing his studies. When they returned to the United States, Norma enrolled at Wellesley College and received an A. B. in 1931. From there she went on to obtain an M. A. from Radcliffe in 1932. After years of writing poetry for adults, Farber began penning stories and poetry for children in the 1960s. She is remembered for the variety of her books, which include nonsense verse, instructional stories, and retellings of biblical tales. Her best known work, As I Was Crossing Boston Common , published in 1975, won a National Book Award and a Children's Book Showcase Award. Another of her books published that same year, This Is the Ambulance Leaving the Zoo , was a Junior Literary Guild selection. In addition to her writing, Farber was also an accomplished singer, performing as a soprano in the United States and abroad. She died in 1984 of a vascular disease. Biographical Source: Something About the Author , Vol. 75, p. 56-58


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 20 titles published between 1967 and 1997. Included are typescripts, galley proofs, clippings, correspondence, and research material.

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.
  • Farber, Norma
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
As I Was Crossing Boston Common 1975 
Note  New York: Dutton, 1975
Box M. F. 309
Correspondence (3 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Clippings (7 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Boston Public Library Children's Books International IV--Folklore, Unique and Universal--May 14-16, 1978 1978 
Note  : , 1978
Box M F. 309
Typescript (1 p.)  Box M F. 309
Box M. F. 309
Programs for conference (3 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Did You Know It Was the Narwhale? 1967 
Note  New York: Antheneum, 1967
Box M. F. 309
Typescript, corrected carbon (8 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Research material, clippings (16 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
How Does It Feel to Be Old? 1979 
Note  New York: Dutton, 1979
Box M. F. 309
Typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Front matter (2 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected photocopy (7 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Galley proof, corrected (4 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Galley proof, corrected (3 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Correspondence (6 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
How the Hibernators Came to Bethlehem 1980 
Note  New York: Walker, 1980
Box M. F. 309
Typescript, photocopy, corrected (3 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, photocopy, corrected (5 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Printed proof, reprint (1 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Photocopy of review (Publisher's Weekly) (1 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
How the Left-Handed Beast Built Ararat 1978 
Note  New York: Walker, 1978
Box M. F. 309
Typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
How to Ride a Tiger 1983 
Note  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983
Box M. F. 309
Typescript, photocopy, corrected (3 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Galley proof, photocopy, corrected (6 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Correspondence, photocopy (5 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Photocopy of story in Cricket magazine (2 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
I Found Them in the Yellow Pages 1973 
Note  Boston: Little, Brown, 1973
Box M. F. 309
Holograph and typescript, corrected partial photocopy (56 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Research material (7 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected partial photocopy (26 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Research material (3 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected partail photocopy (30 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected photocopy (29 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Reviews (4 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Correspondence (1 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Mercy Short: A Winter Journal, North Boston, 1692-1693 1982 
Note  New York: Dutton, 1982
Box M F. 915
Typescript, corrected (44 p.)  Box M F. 915
Box M. F. 915
Typescript, corrected (36 p.)  Box M. F. 915
 
Typescript, carbon (38 p.)  Box M. F. 915
 
Typescript, corrected (52 p.)  Box M. F. 915
 
Typescript, corrected (103 p.)  Box M. F. 915
 
Typescript, carbon (100 p.)  Box M. F. 915
 
Typescript, carbon (102 p.)  Box M. F. 915
 
Typescript (121 p.)  Box M. F. 915
Box M. F. 915 and/or 915a
Typescript, photocopy (138 p.)  Box M. F. 915 and/or 915a
Box M. F. 915 and/or 915a
Front matter (6 p.)  Box M. F. 915 and/or 915a
Box M. F. 915a
Typescript, corrected carbon (141 p.)  Box M. F. 915a
 
Front matter (1 p.)  Box M. F. 915a
 
Galley proof (83 p.)  Box M. F. 915a
 
Front matter (5 p.)  Box M. F. 915a
 
Never Say Ugh to a Bug 1979 
Note  New York: Greenwillow, 1979
Box M. F. 309
Typescript, corrected (25 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Clippings (1 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript (6 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Night on Gars Mountain 1981 
Note  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1981
Box M. F. 309
Typecript, corrected (17 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Ship in a Storm on the Way to Tarshish 1977 
Note  New York: Greenwillow, 1977
Box M. F. 309
Typescript, corrected photocopy (8 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, photocopy (6 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript (1 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected (8 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast 1977 
Note  Reading, MS: Addison-Wesley, 1977
Box M. F. 309
Typescript (1 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Correspondence (6 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Clippings (3 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Small Wonders 1979 
Note  New York: Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, 1979
Box M. F. 309
Typescript, corrected (52 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected partial photocopy (5 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Galley proof (7 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Correspondence (4 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
There Goes Feathertop 1979 
Note  New York: Dutton, 1979
Box M. F. 309
Typescript (5 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected photocopy (13 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Front matter (3 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Notes (1 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Correspondence (2 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
There Once Was a Woman Who Married a Man 1978 
Note  Reading, MS: Addison-Wesley, 1978
Box M. F. 309
Typescript (7 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected photocopy (4 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Clippings (2 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Correspondence (2 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
This Is the Ambulance Leaving the Zoo 1975 
Note  New York: Dutton, 1975
Box M. F. 309
Correspondence (3 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Clippings (1 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Three Wanderers from Wapping 1978 
Note  Reading, MS: Addison-Wesley, 1978
Box M. F. 309
Typescript, corrected (26 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Typescript, corrected photocopy (28 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Correspondence (13 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Where's Gomer? 1974 
Note  New York: Dutton, 1974
Box M. F. 309
Correspondence (2 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Boy Who Longed for a Lift 1997 
Note  New York: Harpercollins, 1997
Box M. F. 3067
Typescript (6 p.)  Box M. F. 3067
 
Typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box M. F. 3067
 
Front matter (1 p.)  Box M. F. 3067
 
Correcspondence (1 p.)  Box M. F. 3067
 
Up the Down Elevator 1979 
Note  Reading, MS: Addison-Wesley, 1979
Box M. F. 309
Typescript (4 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Galley proof (6 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Notes (1 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Correspondence (4 p.)  Box M. F. 309
 
Proofs (18 p.)  Box M. F. 309