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Ruby Zagoren Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1449

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, research, and correspondence related to the writing and publication of the children's book Venture for Freedom: The True Story of an African Yankee, a retelling of the story of Venture Smith by Ruby Zagoren. Venture Smith was born Broteer in West Africa, and was captured and sold as a slave in the Connecticut before purchasing his freedom in 1765. He wrote an autobiography of his life A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa: But Resident above Sixty Years in the United States of America. Related by Himself, which Zagoren based her book on.


  • 1966 - 1969


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

Author and poet Ruby Zagoren was born in 1923 and attended Connecticut College in New London. In addition to Venture for Freedom, Zagoren published several books of poetry. She died in 1974.

Source: Stannard, Charles. "Traveling Back to Route 9a And Pop's." Hartland Courant. April 10, 2001.


2 folders

Language of Materials



Contains typescripts and research material for one nonfiction children's book by Ruby Zagoren.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ruby Zagoren.

Ruby Zagoren Papers, 1966-1969
Leslie Czechowski and Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • August 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library