Verna Aardema Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains typescripts, proofs, dummy, clippings, reviews, and correspondence for 8 children's books titles written by Verna Aardema between 1959 and 1982.
- Creation: 1959 - 1982
- Aardema, Verna (Person)
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.
Verna Aardema Vugteveen was born June 6, 1911 in New Era, Michigan. She earned a BA in Journalism (1934) from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (now Michigan State University) and worked as a grade school teacher in Michigan and later as a staff correspondent for the Muskegon Chronicle. In 1960 she published her first book Tales from the Story Hat, a retelling of some African folktales. Aardema became well known for her adaptions of traditional folktales, primarily from Africa and Mexico. Her book Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1976. Aardema died on May 11, 2000.
"Verna Aardema (1911-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 68. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1992.
.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The collection contains typescripts, proofs, notes and clippings for children's books written by Verna Aardema.
The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by publication title.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Verna Aardema.
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Genre / Form
- Verna Aardema Papers, 1959-1982
- Christina Cowan, November 1998. Updated by John Barneson and Kimberly Faurot, November, 2004.
- November 1998
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- October 2013: Collection reprocessed by Carly Lawrence; EAD updated by Karen Spilman
- February 2023: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.
Collecting Area Details
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