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Zibby Oneal Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1066

Scope and Contents

The Zibby Oneal papers contain drafts for three young adult novels written by Oneal: A Formal Feeling, The Langauge of Goldfish, and In Summer Light.


  • Creation: 1978 - 1985


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

Elizabeth (Zibby) Oneal was born March 17, 1934, in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended Stanford University for several years in the 1950s, before earning a BA from the University of Michigan in 1970. She published her first book for children, War Work, in 1971. In addition to her writing for children and young adults, she lectured in English at the University of Michigan in the 1970s and 1980s. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Biographical Source: "Elizabeth Oneal (1934-)." Something About the Author. Vols. 82. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1995.


.8 Cubic Feet (2 hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains written production material for three novels written by Zibby Oneal.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Zibby Oneal.

Zibby Oneal Papers, 1978-1985
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • February 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

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