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Barbara Juster Esbensen Papers

Identifier: CLRC-126

Scope and Contents

The collection includes manuscript production materials for 18 published titles and 8 unpublished work, and includes typescripts, galley proofs, dummies, clippings, reviews, notes and correspondence dating from 1958-1996.


  • 1958 - 1996


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

Barbara Juster Esbensen (1925-1996), was born in Madison, WI, and received her B.S. in Art Education from the university there in 1947. She taught in Wisconsin, the Eastern Caroline Islands in the Pacific, Eureka, CA, and at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, before becoming a creative arts consultant at that college. Ms. Esbensen's work can be roughly divided into three areas: collections of poetry, retold tales, and books about animals. Ms. Esbensen received the 1988 Minnesota Book Award for her retelling of the Ojibway folktale, The Star Maiden. In 2002 she was given the Kerlan Award posthumously for her achivements in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation of her generous contribution of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, Vol. 62, p. 32-34 Something About the Author, Vol. 97, p. 73-76


3.45 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuscript production materials related to children's books written by Barbara Juster Esbensen. The collection also includes unpublished writings, correspondence, and miscellaneous material.


The collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Publications
  2. Series 2: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials

Titles that are unpublished are noted in the collection contents listing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barbara Juster Esbensen, with additional material donated by Esbensen's family after her death in 1996.

Barbara Juster Esbensen Papers, 1958-1996
Emilie Quast, Larry Peterson, and CLRC staff
September 2000; December 2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • December 2013: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • January 2023: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library