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Noel Streatfeild Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1925

Scope and Contents

The collection contains watercolor and pencil illustrations for the children's book Circus Shoes, published in 1939, and miscellaneous written material related to A Vicarage Family, published in 1963.


  • circa 1939-circa 1963


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

Noel Streatfeild was born in England in 1897, the daughter of the Bishop of Lewes, previously the vicar of the family's small village. It was her country childhood that inspired her autobiography A Vicarage Family. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, beginning her career as an actress. In the 1930s, Noel began writing. Her first children's book, Ballet Shoes, was published in 1936. She has been the recipient of several awards, including the Carnegie Medal in 1938 for The Circus is Coming. Many of Streatfeild's books have been reproduced on radio and film, and she was throughout her life quite a prolific and successful children's author. Streatfeild died in 1985.

Biographical Source: "Noel Streatfeild." Something About the Author. Vol. 48. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1987.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 folder)

Language of Materials



The collection contains watercolor and pencil illustrations for one children's book, plus miscellaneous written material for a second title.

Noel Streatfeild Papers, circa 1939-circa 1963
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • July 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

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