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Eve Merriam Papers

Identifier: CLRC-56

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for children's books published during Merriam's career. The collection also includes some unpublished titles, and various materials related to her professional life, including poems, flyers and emphmera related to classroom visits and workshops, correspondence, letters and art from children, marketing material and ephemera, and related items.


  • 1959 - 1992


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

Eve Merriam was born July 19, 1916, in Philadelphia, Penn. She attended Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as a copywriter, radio writer, editor, and poet, and began writing children's books in the 1950s. Her first published works for children included biographies of famous Americans such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Emmas Lazarus. It was as a poet for children that she became best known. She also translated other authors' works, and edited anthologies for children and young adults. Eve Merriam died April 11, 1992.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 3, 40, 73 Children's Literature Review, vol. 14


7 Cubic Feet (8 boxes [5 record cartons, 1 flat box, and 1 video box])

Language of Materials



Eve Merriam's papers focus on her work as an author and editor of children's and young adult books, with an emphasis on her poetry. The collection contains production materials for published and unpublished titles, as well as other professional papers.


The collection is arranged into two series:

1) Books for children

2) Professional papers

Within each series the collection guide is arranged alphabetically by book title or material type.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection is a gift from Eve Merriam, received in several installments beginning in 1971 and continuing throughout the 1970s and 80s. Additional material was received from Merriam's estate in 1992.

Eve Merriam Papers, 1959-1992
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • February 2020: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library