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Jan Slepian Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1800

Scope and Contents

The collection corrected typescripts and proofs for The Alfred Summer, by Jan Slepian.


  • Creation: 1979, undated


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

Janice B. Slepian was born January 2, 1921, in New York, New York. She became a psychologist, but when she could not find work in that field, accepted a position as a language therapist at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. A colleague of hers at the hospital, Dr. Ann Seidler, suggested they collaborate on writing a series of newspaper articles about everyday speech problems, for worried parents. That was the beginning of Slepian's writing career. Working as a speech therapist, plus growing up with a handicapped brother, led her to feature handicapped individuals in many of her books, several of which have received honors or awards. She died in 2016.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 45, 51, and 85. Something About the Author Autobiography Series, vol. 8. Detroit, MI: Gale.


3 folders

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for one title by Jan Slepian.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jan Slepian.

Jan Slepian Papers, 1979, undated
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • April 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

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