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Eleanor Wong Telemaque Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1524

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, research, correspondence, legal files, and other material related to the creation of It's Crazy to Stay Chinese in Minnesota and The Sammy Wong Files, including family photographs.


  • Majority of material found within 1976 - 2011


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

Eleanor Wong Telemaque was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota in 1934. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and has worked in organizations that focus on human and civil rights. Her young adult novel, It's Crazy to Stay Chinese in Minnesota,reflects on the discovery of sexuality and racial issues by a young Chinese woman. In 2007 she followed up with a memoir called The Sammy Wong Files, reflecting on the experience of a Chinese immigrants living in Minnesota.


1.5 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box, 1 flat box)

Language of Materials



Collection contains material related to the publication of two books by Eleanor Wong Telemaque.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Eleanor Wong Telemaque.

Eleanor Wong Telemaque Papers, 1976-2011
Leslie Czechowski and Jim Eyer, Caitlin Marineau
2005, 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • August 2016: 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