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Lucy Johnston Sypher Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2178

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, page proofs, reviews, and ephemera related to Lucy Johnston Sypher's publications -- primarily The Spell of the Northern Lightsand The Turnabout Year. Research, including photographs from the early twentieth century, are also included.


  • Circa 1900-1990


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 Sketch

Lucy Johnston Sypher was born August 6, 1907 in Wales, ND. She graduated from the University of North Dakota, before receiving an M.A. from Tufts University in 1929. She worked for forty years as an instructor at Lasell Junior College in Auburndale, MA. Works include The Edge of Nowhere, Cousins and Circuses, The Spell of the Northern Lights, and The Turnabout Year, fictionalized accounts of her childhood in North Dakota. She married Wylie Sypher in 1929 and had two children, G. Wylie Sypher, and Gale Sypher Jacob. She died in 1990.


1 boxes (1 cubic foot)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials related to publications by author Lucy Johnston Sypher.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title, followed by miscellaneous material.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Gale Sypher Jacob and G. Wylie Sypher.

Lucy Johnston Sypher Papers, circa 1900-1990
Caitlin Marineau
July 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 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