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Maia Wojciechowska papers

Identifier: CLRC-82

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials related to author Maia Wojciechowska's published and unpublished works. This material includes typescripts, proofs, research, notes, illustrations, correspondence, royalty statements, and reviews. Material pertaining to the author's appearances and awards is also present. There is a substantial amount of correspondence, both personal and professional, as well as various miscellanea. Some material in langauges other than English - most notably Spansh and Polish - is included, as well as some items created by individuals other than the Wojciechowska, including photographs and a pamphlet titled "Murals for Haiti" by her then-husband, writer Selden Rodman, materials written by Oriana Rodman, Wojciechowska's daughter, and others.


  • Creation: 1931-1996


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be 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. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Mai Wojciechowska was born August 7, 1927, in Warsaw, Poland. Her family left Poland during World War II and emigrated to the United States in 1942. She attended Immaculate Heart College in California from 1945 to 1946. She held a number of jobs, including working as a private detective, before entering the children's literature field. Her first book, Market Day for Ti Andre, was published in 1952. Her second book, Shadow of a Bull, was published 1964 and given the Newbery Award in 1965. Her works have also included novels for adults. She died in 2002 of a stroke.

Biographical sources:

"Maia (Teresa) Wojciechowska (1927-)." Something About The Author. Vol. 28. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1982.

"Maia Wojciechowska, 74, Author of Children's Books." New York Times. June 21, 2002.


7.9 Cubic Feet (7 boxes [6 record cartons + 1 hollinger box])

Language of Materials



Spanish; Castilian


The Maia Wojciechowska papers contain materials related to the author's published and unpublished works, as well as general correspondence and personal documents.


This collection is arranged into two series, with materials under Publications arranged alphabetically by book title.

  1. Publications
  2. Other materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Maia Wojciechowska.

Maia Wojciechowska papers, 1931-1996
Rachel Johnson
August 2022
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Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library