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Syd Hoff Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1388

Scope and Contents

The Syd Hoff papers includes typescripts, manuscripts, notes, studies, sketches, illustrations, correspondence, pasteups and other items for over fifty children's books written and illustrated by Hoff.


  • 1958 - 1994


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

Syd(ney )Hoff was born in 1912 in New York, and he died in 2004. He began as a cartoonist in 1928 and expanded to illustrating in 1935, preferring to work in ink, washes, crayon and watercolor. He wrote and self-illustrated over 60 children's books and illustrated over twenty.


16 boxes

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Collection includes materials related to over fifty children's books created by Syd Hoff.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Pieces of the collection were given by Syd Hoff to Dr. Kerlan between 1959 and 1963, who in turn donated to the University, and others were donated directly to the University between 1965 and 1994.

Related Materials

Typescripts, correspondence, and other production material related to multiple Syd Hoff titles available in the Robert Kraus/Windmill Books Papers.

Syd Hoff Papers,1958-1994
Elizabeth Langley
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Revision Statements

  • September 2021: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library