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Esther Hautzig Papers

Identifier: CLRC-970

Scope and Content

The collection contains manuscripts, notes, proofs, dummies, correspondence, etc. for children's books by Esther Hautzig.


  • 1948 - 2012


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

Esther Rudomin Hautzig was born October 18, 1930, in Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania) and immigrated to the United States in 1947, attending Hunter College from 1948 to 1950. In September 1950 she married Walter Hautzig and had two children.

Throughout the 1950s, Hautzig worked in the book industry in various capacities, and published several craft and cooking books in the 1950s and early 1960s. Her book The Endless Steppe, was published in 1968, and describes life in Siberia, where the Soviets sent Hautzig and her family in 1940. After it's publication she continued writing children's stories and craft books. Hautzig died in 2009.

Source: "Esther Rudomin Hautzig (1930-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 148. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2004.


15 Cubic Feet (12 record cartons)

Language of Materials



The collection contains manuscripts, notes, proofs, dummies, publishing documents, correspondence, etc. for children's books by Esther Hautzig.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Some items were donated by Esther Hautzig during her lifetime, while the bulk of the collection was donated by her daughter, Deborah Hautzig.


Esther Hautzig Papers, 1948-2012
Felicity Hanson
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Revision Statements

  • September 2017: Collection reprocessed, new material added, and finding aid updated by Carter Lynn Thurmond
  • February 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library