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Berniece Rabe Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1234

Scope and Contents

The Berniece Rabe Collection contains written production material, including typescripts, proofs, notes, and related material for eleven children's books published between 1973 and 1988.


  • 1967 - 1988


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 Sketch

Berniece (Bagby) Rabe was born January 11, 1928 in Parma, MO, one year prior to the fall of the stock market. This and other events would prove to be inspiration for the creation of resilient, young lead characters throughout her novels. Born into a family of twelve children Rabe would luckily fold into the shuffle, granting her the best high school education the situation could afford in a school out west. It was here that she discovered a natural talent for art. The next seventeen years were diligently devoted to the creation of a strong family atmosphere with her husband and children. In 1963, Rabe returned to school and received her BA in education at National-Louis University, followed by post-graduate studies at Columbia, Northern Illinois University, and Roosevelt University. Rass, Rabe's first published novel, set off a cascade of well-written, young-adult novels and picture books. Rabe has went on to write and publish over twenty pieces of work, receiving accolades all along the way but she will remain noteworthy for her strong, persevering characters. She writes, "My books speak of survival of hard times...Often there is love and humor interwoven and my characters not only survive, they live with hope and confidence." Berniece Rabe (Tryand) died in 2013 in Plano, Texas.

Biographical source: Something About the Author. Volume 148, 2004.


2.9 Cubic Feet (3 boxes [2 record cartons and 1 hollinger box])

Language of Materials



The Berniece Rabe Collection contains written production material from eleven children's books written by Rabe.


Collection guide arranged alphanetically by published title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Berniece Rabe.
Berniece Rabe Papers, 1967-1988
Sharlene Murphy
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library