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Seymour Reit Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1284

Scope and Contents

The Seymour Reit Papers contains written production material for titles published between 1974 and 1990, including typescripts, correspondence, notes, research material and contracts, including two titles he created for the Time Machine series, published by Bantam Books with a structure similar to their Choose-Your-Own-Adventure series. The collection also includes his uncredited work on three Disney adaptations created for Golden Books in the mid-1980s.


  • 1972 - 1995


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

Seymour Reit was born November 11, 1918, in New York. Author, illustrator, animated cartoonist, Reit began his career at Florida's Fleischer Studios, drawing and writing for Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons. After a brief enlistment in the army between 1942 and 1946 as a photo-intelligence officer, he quickly resumed his career as a freelance writer. He contributed productions for Archie and Little Lulu, wrote for Madmagazine, collaborated on the television show "Captain Kangaroo", adapted "Casper the Friendly Ghost" for television, and wrote and illustrated books until his death in 2001.

Biographical source: "Seymour Victory Reit (1918-2001)." Something About the Author. Volume 21 and 133. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1980 and 2002.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The Seymour Reit Papers contains written production material, including correspondence, typescripts, and related material, for children's titles written by Reit between 1974 and 1990.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Seymour Reit, with additional material donated by his wife Edmee Reit after his death.


Seymour Reit Papers, 1972-1995
Sharlene Murphy
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Revision Statements

  • December 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