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Ruth Christoffer Carlsen Papers

Identifier: CLRC-743

Scope and Content

This collection contains material related to for eight children's books published from 1951 to 1973 and unpublished materials including typescript, galley proof, correspondence, notes, clippings, and reviews. The collection contains several folders of correspondence, including some from children.


  • Creation: 1949-1987, 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

Author and editor Ruth Christoffer Carlsen was born in 1918 in Wisconsin, and earned a BA in journalism from the University of Minnesota. Her first book, Mr. Pudgins, was published in 1953. In addition to writing for children, she also edited educational materials, along with her husband, English professor G. Robert Carlsen. She died in Iowa in 2006.

Biographical sources:

"Ruth C(hristoffer) Carlsen." Something About the Author. Vol. 2. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971.

"Ruth Carlsen." Obituary. Lensing Funeral and Cremation Services.


2.7 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of production material related to children's books by Ruth Christoffer Carlsen.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title or material type.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ruth Christoffer Carlsen.

Ruth Christoffer Carlsen papers, 1949-1987, undated
CLRC staff
April 2004
Description rules
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Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • April 2014: Collection reprocessed by Carly Lawrence; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick
  • May 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library