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Marguerite Loft De Angeli Papers

Identifier: CLRC-342

Scope and Contents

Contains illustrations in pencil, watercolor, ink and watercolor, pencil and watercolor, illustration proofs, typescripts, and holograph.


  • 1936-1956


Language of Materials


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Biographical / Historical

Biographical Sketch Maraguerite deAngeli waas born March 14, 1889 in Lapeer, Mich., and died June 16, 1987 in Philadelphia, PA. She was a concert and church soloist from 1906 to the 1920s, and a book illustrator and writer from 1935-1987. She was a member of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, and an honorary member of the Philadelphia Bookseller's Association. Her book Yonie Wondernose was named a Caldecott honor book in 1945, as was Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes in 1955. She won a Newbery Medal for The Door in the Wall in 1950, and a Newbery honor for Black Fox of Lorne in 1957. She was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 1958, and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1961, and the Regina Medal in 1968. She was a leading author and illustrator of children's books during the 1940s and 50s. The trust and understanding embodied in happy family life, regardless of circumstances or background, were themes of her novels and illustrations. She was one of the first to include religious, regional, and racial minorities in children's literature. She also wrote some of the first historical fiction for young people.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 1, 27, 51, 100; Children's Literature Review, vol. 1, Gale, 1976; Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, vol. 3, Gale, 1981; Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 22; American Writers for Children, 1900-1960, Gale, 1983; Children's Books and Their Creators, by William T. Anderson, Houghton, 1995


3 boxes (boxes, 2 folders)


Contains illustrations in various media and typescripts for 2 works.


Black Fox of Lorne, 1956

Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes, 1954

Elin's Amerika, 1941

Henner's Lydia, 1936

Skippack School, 1939

Thee, Hannah!, 1940

" Up the Hill " ,

Yonie Wondernose, 1944

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

Gift of: DeAngeli, Marguerite Loft
Marguerite Loft De Angeli Papers
Jim Eyer
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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