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Doris Orgel Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1083

Scope and Contents

The collection includes typescripts, proofs, dummies, and related material for works written by Doris Orgel. The collection also holds drafts for two titles translated by Orgel and written by David Chotjewitz, originally published in German: Daniel, Half Human, and the Good Nazi and Crazy Diamond.


  • 1966 - 2006


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

Doris Adelberg Orgel was born February 15, 1929, in Vienna, Austria. Her family was Jewish, which brought them into conflict with the Nazis in the 1930s. They managed to escape, and were able to come to the United States in 1940. There the family's problems continued as they were forced to live in poverty. Gradually things improved, and she was able to attend college. Eventually she got into publishing, and began to translate and write children's books. As her writings career progressed her books began more and more to deal with realistic characters and problems, including some based upon her own childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna. She has received many honors and awards for her work.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Authorvols. 7, 85, 148 Something About the Author Autobiographical Seriesvol. 19 Children's Literature Reviewvol. 48


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

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for children's books written or translated by Doris Orgel.


Collection guide arranged alphanetically by published title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Doris Orgel
Doris Orgel Papers, 1966-2006
Jim Eyer
2004, 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details

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