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John Langstaff Papers

Summary Information
Title: John Langstaff Papers
Dates: 1974-1976
Creator: Langstaff, John
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-901
Materials associated with Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go and Sweetly Sings the Donkey

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.


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Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go!, 1974

Sweetly Sings the Donkey, 1976

Biographical Sketch

Born December 24, 1920, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Meredith B. and E. Esther Knox (Boardman) Langstaff. Attended Curtis Institute of Music, 1940-1941, Juilliard School of Music, 1946-49, and Columbia University, 1949-51. Paul Langstaff's hobbies and interests are camping, bee keeping, hiking, morris dancing, modern art, and poetry. He was a writer, and musician. He was the director of music department, Potomac School, Washington, DC, 1953-68, and Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA, 1969-72. He was an instructor at Simmons College, 1970-86, Wheelock College, 1974-79, University of Connecticut, 1977-79, Leslie College, 1978, Boston College, 1979; lecturer for Association of American Colleges. He has given recitals in United States and Europe; has appeared on radio and television programs, including a music series for British Broadcasting Corp. Military service: U.S. Army, Infantry, four years; became first lieutenant; received Purple Heart, Gold Star. He received Caldecott Prize, 1956 for Frog Went A-Courtin ; recognition by National Federation of Musicians for presenting outstanding American music abroad in 1959. Paul Langstaff died from a stroke on December 13th, 2005 in Basel, Switzerland.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , v. 68 and v. 172

Collection Scope and Content Note

Holograph, tyepscripts and correspondence

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.
  • Langstaff, John
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go! 1974 
Note Parker, Nancy Winslow
New York: Atheneum, 1974
Box MF 1307
typescript, corrected photocopy (2 p.)  Box MF 1307
Sweetly Sings the Donkey 1976 
Note Parker, Nancy Winslow
New York: Atheneum, 1976
Box MF 1307
holograph (2 p.)  Box MF 1307
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF 1307
correspondence (8 p.)  Box MF 1307