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F. N. Monjo Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1001

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for 14 children's books written by F.N. Monjo, primarily historical fiction titles. The collection includes corrected manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, and other material related to his works.


  • circa 1970-1980


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

F. N. (Ferdinand Nicolas) Monjo was born August 28, 1924 in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated from Columbia University in 1946 and worked as an editor and later assistant director and vice president and editorial director in Books for Boys and Girls at several major publishing companies. In 1968 he published his first book for children, Indian Summer, the story of a frontier woman's struggle to save her family. During the 1970s Monjo published many other works of historical fiction, most written from a child's point of view, in an effort to humanize our forefathers. Critics praised his writing style for making the child's voice authentically his own, and also lauded his attention to detail and historical fact. Critics also praised his writing style for giving children a fresh and appealing look at any number of otherwise overworked periods of history, and called him one of the best in the writing of easy-reading history books. Monjo received several honors for his books. He died on October 9, 1978. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 16 Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed. pp. 689-690


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

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F. N. Monjo's papers focus on his work as an author of children's books. The collection contains production material for 14 titles published between 1970-1980.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title, with correspondence at the end.

Accession Information:

Gift of F.N. Monjo, with additional material donated by his wife, Louise Monjo, after his death.

Related Materials

Material related to two Monjo titles available in the Robert Kraus/Windmill Books Papers



F. N. Monjo Papers, circa 1970-1980
Jim Eyer
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Collecting Area Details

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