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Miriam Chaikin Papers

Identifier: CLRC-115

Scope and Contents

Miriam Chaikin's papers focus on her work as an author of children's books. It includes typescripts, proofs, publisher's dummies, notes, correspondence, and a sample cover binding.


  • Creation: 1978 - 2004


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

Miriam Chaikin was born December 8, 1924 in Jerusalem and came to the United States in 1925. She attended school in Brooklyn, New York and worked as a children's book editor and editorial director for various publishing companies. Miriam Chaikin began writing stories for adults and published her first story "Stranger" in Story [magazine] in 1964 and has also written for such journals as Good Housekeepingand Women's Day. In 1971, she published her first book for children, Ittki Pittki.

Throughout her career, Miriam Chaikin has written both fiction and non-fiction for children. Many of her books draw on her Jewish heritage and several of her works of fiction focus on the experiences of two characters, Molly a young girl growing up during World War II, and Yossi, a young Hasidic boy. She has also written several books dealing with the history and meaning of the Jewish holidays of Purim and Hanukkah as well as books telling the story of Exodus and Joshua. In 1984 she received the Sydney Taylor Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries for her work.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author,vol. 24, p. 71. Children's Books: Awards and Prizes, 1992 ed., p. 139.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains production materials related to children's books by Miriam Chaikin.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Miriam Chaikin.

Miriam Chaikin Papers, 1978-2004
Christina Cowan, EAD encoding by Leslie Czechowski
May 2004
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Revision Statements

  • July 2013: Collection processed by Victoria Rieck; EAD updated by Karen Spilman
  • February 2023: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library