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Norma Sommerdorf Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1862

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of manuscript materials related to two children's books by Norma Sommerdorf, and includes correspondence, corrected typescript, dummies, page proofs, clippings, ephemera, typescript and research. Some of the research clippings date back to 1853, and are photocopies of original newspapers.


  • 1978 - 2006


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

Norma Jean Sommerdorf was born Juny 17, 1926, in Britt, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1947 with a B.S. in Eductaion. In 1946 she married Vernon Sommerdorf, living in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sommerdorf's career included work for the St. Paul Public Library, servicing on political campaigns and eventually serving as the manager of the Governor's Residence for Wendell Andersen. She wrote two children's books, An Elm Tree and Three Sistersin 2001, and Red River Girlin 2006. Sommerdorf passed away on September 28, 2011.


2 boxes (2.30 cubic feet)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuscript materials related to two publications by Norma Sommerdorf.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Norma Sommerdorf.

Norma Sommerdorf papers, undated, 1978-2006
CLRC staff
April 2005, July 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • July 2014: Collection reprocessed by Jessica Botoshe; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library