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Dorothy de Wit Papers

Identifier: CLRC-455

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials related to two titles published by Dorothy de Wit, both in 1979. The collection contains typescripts, page proofs, dummies, and notes. The collection also contains illustrations and sketches created by Jeff Quin for Children's Faces Looking Up, however, these illustrations do not seem to have been included in the published book.


  • 1969-1979, undated


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

Dorothy de Wit was born May 24, 1916 in Youngstown, Ohio, and died June 19, 1980. She was a librarian and author. She was a member of the American Library Association's Notable Books Re-evaluation Committee between 1971-75. She also served on the Newbery-Caldecott Wilder Awards Committee for 1981. She reviewed books for several journals. Her special interests included marionettes. Her writings include Children's Faces Looking Up: Program Building for the Storyteller,a book on storytelling in the classroom, and The Talking Stone: An Anthology of Native American Tales and Legends,which was chosen as an ALA Notable Children's Book in 1979.

Biographical Source: "Dorothy May Knowles DeWit (1916?-1980) Something About the Author. Vol. 28. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1982.


3.43 Cubic Feet (6 boxes [5 hollinger document boxes and 1 flat box])

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials, mostly typescripts, for two titles published by Dorothy de Wit in 1979.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Adriaan de Wit in 1983.


Dorothy De Wit Papers, 1969-1979, undated
Jim Eyer and CLRC staff
October 2003 and December 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • December 2013: Collection reprocessed by Carly Lawrence; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • September 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library