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Mirra Ginsburg Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1251

Scope and Contents

The collection is related to Mirra Ginsburg as a translator and author of children's books. Many of her titles are translations and retellings of Russian and Eastern European folk tales. Production materials include manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, notes, correspondence, and research.


  • 1968 - 1981


Language of Materials

The majority of the collection is in English with some material in Russian and German.

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

Mirra Ginsburg was born in Bobruisk, Russia (now Belarus) in 1909. She attended school in Russia, Latvia, Canada, and the United States. Throughout her career she worked as a freelance writer, editor, and translator from Russian and Yiddish. She began translating Russian literature for adults in the 1960s, and in 1969 she published her first retelling of a Russian folktale for children. Over the next two decades she continued to translate, adapt, edit, and/or retell many folktales and stories, including several works of science fiction. Ginsburg died in 2000 in New York City.

Biographical Source:

"Mirra Ginsburg." Something About the Author. Vols. 6 and 92. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1975 and 1997.


1.5 Cubic Feet (2 boxes (1 record carton, 1 half hollinger box))


The collection contains production material related to Mirra Ginsburg's career as a translator and author of children's books.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mirra Ginsburg.

Mirra Ginsburg Papers, 1968-1981
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • December 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library