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Beatrice Schenk de Regniers papers

Identifier: CLRC-124

Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscript materials for numerous titles, both published and unpublished, by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, some of which were published under her pseudonym Tamara Kitt. Materials are dated between 1943 and 1999 and include correspondence, holographs (manuscripts), typescripts, corrected typescripts, clippings, research, notes, page proofs, publisher's catalogues, and reviews. There is also a small number of drawings, including two by illustrator Brinton Turkle for her picture book A Special Birthday Party for Someone Very Special.


  • 1943-1999, undated


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

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers was born in Lafayette, Indiana on August 16, 1914. She studied social work administration at the University of Chicago and earned her M.Ed in 1941 from Winnetka Graduate Teacher's College. During the 1940s she was sent to the Sinai Peninsula to a Yugoslav refugee camp, constructing a kindergarten and teaching American folk dances to the children. During the 1950s she began writing for children; in 1953 her first book, The Giant Story, was published, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. In 1961 she became the first editor of Scholastic Books 'Lucky Book Club,' and retired twenty years later to begin writing for the theater. Her first production appeared in 1986, based on her book Everyone Is Good for Something. She published over fifty books, including a number of titles under her pseudonym Tamara Kitt (Tammy and Mara were her cats' names). She died March 1, 2000 at her home in Washington.


8.45 Cubic Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuscript materials related to numerous titles, both published and unpublished, by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers.


This collection is organized into two series:

Series 1: Publications : arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 2: Miscellaneous : materials are organized by type of material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Beatrice Schenk De Regniers.

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers papers, 1943-1999, undated
Finding aid created by CLRC staff
October 2003, August 2014
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • August 2014: Collection reprocessed by Carly Lawrence; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • 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