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Doris Van Liew Foster Papers

Summary Information
Title: Doris Van Liew Foster Papers
Dates: 1957
Creator: Foster, Doris Van Liew
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-837
The collection consists of a child's crayon illustration which inspired the book Tell Me, Mr. Owl and 2 letters from her editor at Lothrop, Lee and Shepard.

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

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Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


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Tell Me, Mr. Owl, 1957

Biographical Sketch

Doris Foster Van Liew was born November 9, 1899 in Bellaire, MI. For most of her career she was a supervisor and teacher for the Indianapolis Day Nursery. She once stated: "Living with children informally, such as a day nursery, was conducive to my attempting not to write a juvenile book but rather to talk to children. I was fortunate to be able to listen when at rare moments they revealed glimpses only pertinent to childhood." She retired in 1965 and died in 1993.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains only a child's crayon illustration wich inspired the book Tell Me, Mr. Owl and two letters from her editor.

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.
  • Foster, Doris Van Liew
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Tell Me, Mr. Owl 1957 
Note  New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1957
Box M. F. 319
Child's crayon illustration (1 p.)  Box M. F. 319
Letters from editor (2 p.)  Box M. F. 319