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Meridel Le Sueur Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1958

Scope and Contents

The collection contains corrected proofs for three children's books by Meridel Le Sueur published in the 1940s and 1950s.


  • 1946 - 1951


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

Meridel Le Sueur was born February 22, 1900, in Murray, Iowa. She did not finish high school, dropping out before the First World War. She began writing at the age of fifteen. Largely self-taught, Le Sueur attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She came to know John Reed and met Theodore Dreiser and Edna St. Vincent Millay at Mabel Dodge's literary salon. She won acclaim in 1927 for her story Persephoneand again in 1934 for The Horse. She was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. She died November 14, 1996, in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Biographical Sources:

"Meridel Le Sueur." Something About the Author. Vol. 6. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971.

Saxon, Wolfgange. "Meridel Le Sueur, 96, Reporter And Children's Book Writer." Obituary. The New York Times, November 24, 1996. .


3 folders

Language of Materials



The papers consist of corrected proofs for three titles by Meridel Le Sueur.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Meridel Le Sueur.

Meridel Le Sueur Papers, 1946-1951
David E Byer
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Revision Statements

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