Skip to main content

Donald J. Sobol and Dennis Wepman Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1857

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written production material for Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Midnight Visitor, as well as editorial correspondence collected by editor Dennis Wepman.


  • Creation: 1976 - 2012


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

Donald J. Sobol was born October 4, 1924, in New York, New York and earned a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1948. He worked briefly as a journalist, but soon became a freelance author, writing both fiction and nonfiction for children. His nonfiction books include many biographies and other historical works. He is best known for his Encyclopedia Brown Series of mysteries.

Dennis Wepman is an author and editor of children's books.

Biographical Source:

"Donald J. Sobol." Something About the Author. Vol. 132. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains written production material for one Encyclopedia Brown book by Donald Sobol as well as editorial correspondence with Dennis Wepman.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Donald Sobol, with editorial correspondence donated by Dennis Wepman


Donald J. Sobol and Dennis Wepman Papers, 1976-2012
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2016: New material added and collection reprocessed by Emma Mann.
  • July 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library