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Barbara Claassen Smucker Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1850

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for 2 books by Barbara Claassen Smucker, and includes a Canadian edition of a title, with notes for the U. S. edition, front matter, typescript, correspondence, clippings, and prints of three illustrations by Gil Miret.


  • Creation: 1964-circa 1978


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

Barbara Claassen Smucker was born September 1, 1915, in Newton Kansas. Following college she worked as a journalist. She married a Mennonite in 1939, and lived in many different locations until settling in Ontario, Canada in 1969. Most of her writing for children is based on historical events, such as the exodus of Mennonites from Russia in the late 1900s. Her work has received numerous awards and honors. She died in 2003.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 29, 76, 130 Something About the Author Autobiography Series, vol. 11.


2 folders

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for two titles by Barbara Claassen Smucker.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barbara Claassen Smucker.

Barbara Claassen Smucker Papers, 1964-circa 1978
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • April 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