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Miriam Chaikin Papers

Identifier: CLRC-115

Scope and Content

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


  • 1978-2004


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Restrictions on Access

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.

Restrictions on Use

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).

Biographical Sketch

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.

Miriam Chaikin writes for children to let them know "that they are not alone in what they feel" and aims to give her readers a vivid account of the joys and hardships of growing up. 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 boxes (2.0 cubic feet)


Miriam Chaikin's papers focus on her work as an author of children's books. Manuscript materials include typescripts, page and galley proofs, front matter, notes, and publisher's dummies, and correspondence.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Miriam Chaikin beginning in 1980.
Miriam Chaikin Papers, 1978-2004
Christina Cowan, EAD encoding by Leslie Czechowski
May 2004
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Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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