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Meindert DeJong Collection

Identifier: CLRC-18

Scope and Contents

The Meindert DeJong collection contain corrected typescripts and proofs six children's books written by DeJong. Several of the titles also have notes on the material written by donor Irvin Kerlan.


  • circa 1953-circa 1964


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

Meindert DeJong was born March 4, 1906 in Wierum, Netherlands. Coming to the United States, he studied at Calvin College in Michigan. He began writing children's books in the 1930s, publishing his first book, The Big Goose and the Little White Duck in 1939. He served in the United States Army in China during World War II, before continuing his writing career after the war. In 1955 he won the Newbery Award for The Wheel on the School. He retired from writing in 1986, and died in Allegan, Michigan on July 16, 1991.

Biographical sources: "Meindert DeJong (1906-1991)." Something About the Author. Vol. 2 and 68. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971 and 1992.


.4 Cubic Feet (2 hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains corrected typescripts and proofs related to children's books written by Meindert DeJong.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who in turn donated it to the University of Minnesota.

Meindert DeJong Collection, circa 1953-circa 1964
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • August 2018: 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