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Sidney Offit Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1060

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written material for 11 juvenile titles from the 1960s and 1970s written by Sidney Offit, primarily consisting of typescripts, proofs, and some correspondence and notes.


  • 1961 - 1977


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

Author Sidney Offit was born October 13, 1928, in Baltimore, MD. He has held a number of jobs in the book publishing industry, began free lance writing in 1954, and teaching creative writing in 1964. He says that most of his books for young readers were written for his own two sons, and are either autobiographical, or pure fantasy. One of his best known works for juveniles is The Adventures of Homer Fink. In addition to his novels and children's books, Offit has written several memoirs, including Memoir of the Bookie's Son. He lives in New York City.

Biographical Source: "Sidney Offit (1928-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 10. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1976.


1.65 Cubic Feet (2 boxes [1 record carton and 1 hollinger box])

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material related to eleven titles written by author Sidney Offit.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by published title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sidney Offit.

Sidney Offit Papers, 1961-1977
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • May 2019: 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