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Margaret Wise Brown Papers, 1942-1959, 1971-1972

Summary Information
Title: Margaret Wise Brown papers
Dates: 1942-1959, 1971-1972
Creator: Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952.
Extent: 1 box (0.3 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-9
The collection contains production material for several titles by Margaret Wise Brown.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Part of this collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan by Clement and Edith Hurd, with the material for The Hidden House apparently given to Dr. Kerlan by Aaron Fine, the book's illustrator. Additional materials were placed on permanent loan at the Children's Literature Research Collection by Clement and Edith Hurd during 1960s-1980s, later changed to a gift by their son Thacher Hurd in the 1990s.

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:

Margaret Wise Brown papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Biographical Sketch

Margaret Wise Brown was born May 23, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York. She attended school in Massachusetts, Virginia and New York, and graduated from Columbia University with a BA in 1932. During the 1930s, Margaret Wise Brown worked as an editor for Bank Street Publications, and from 1938-1941 at William R. Scott, Publisher. She published her first book for young children, When the Wind Blew , in 1937. Throughout her prolific career, Margaret Wise Brown produced dozens of quality books for the young child that focused on their interests, fears, concerns and experiences, using a style that told a story in simple yet lyrical language that young children could readily understand and appreciate.

Critics have called her a "pioneer" in the "new approach to writing for children," an approach that went beyond "traditional narrative" to emphasize the reality of a child's world. Her "Noisy Books" help young children identify sounds and connect them to their creator, and her classic story The Runaway Bunny , along with some of her other works, focus on a child's need for love and protection and the assurance that these are always there.

In Goodnight Moon , Margaret Wise Brown and her illustrator Clement Hurd created a memorable bedtime story that has remained a favorite of children and critics for decades. Margaret Wise Brown also wrote verse and humorous stories. She also wrote under the pseudonyms Timothy Hay and Golden MacDonald, and under the joint pseudonym Juniper Sage with Edith Thacher Hurd. Margaret Wise Brown died unexpectedly on November 13, 1952. In 1984, Margaret Wise Brown, her editors, and illustrators represented by Clement Hurd were awarded the 1984 Kerlan Award.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for several titles published between 1942-1960 and includes typescripts, notes, proofs and dummies, some miscellaneous poems not verified as published, and manuscript material for four unpublished stories written with Edith Thacher Hurd. There is also some correspondence, much of it between Margaret Wise Brown and Edith Hurd, correspondence from Clement Hurd to Ursula Nordstrom concerning Goodnight Moon , and publisher's correspondence related to the publication of The Dream Book .

Collection Contents
 Location  Title
The Bad Little Duckhunter, 1947 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Carbon Typescript, Notes, Typescript "Jacket Copy" 1947  Box 1, Folder 1
The Diggers, 1960 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, Galley Proof 1959  Box 1, Folder 2
Dummy 1958  Box 1, Folder 3
The Dream Book, 1950 
Box 1
Corrected Galley Proof, Miscellaneous Proof, Correspondence 1950  Box 1, Folder 4
The Early Milkman  
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence, Notes 1947-1953  Box 1, Folder 5-6
Dummy 1951-1957  Box 1, Folder 7-9
Four Little Fisherman  
Box 1
Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 10
Goodnight Moon, 1947 
Box 1
Holograph, Working Dummy undated  Box 1, Folder 11
The Hidden House, 1953 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 12
How to Scare a Thief Away  
Box 1
Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 13
The Little Brass Band, 1955 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, Holograph, Author's Dummy undated  Box 1, Folder 14
Miscellaneous poems  
Box 1
Carbon Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 15
Box 1
Typescript, Correspondence undated  Box 1, Folder 16
The Runaway Bunny, 1942 
Box 1
Typescript with Front Matter, Galley Proof, Galley Proof with Front Matter, Corrected Galley Proof for book reprint, Color Proof, Reviews, Proof of Jacket 1942, 1971-1972  Box 1, Folder 17