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Miriam Cohen Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1100

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of manuscript materials related to over a dozen juvenile fiction titles published between 1967 and 2009 and includes correspondence, artwork, clippings, notes, research, corrected page proofs, corrected typescripts, and dummies. The collection also contains materials related to unpublished works, as well as various notes, correspondence, and biographical materials.


  • Creation: 1967-circa 2009


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

Miriam Cohen was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926. She attended Newburgh Free Academy in 1943 and graduated from Antioch College in 1945. Her first book, Will I Have a Friend?, illustrated by Lillian Hoban, was published in 1967. It was the first of many books about Jim and Paul in Cohen's and Hoban's series, "First-Grade Friends."


2.23 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons and 1 flat box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuscript materials related to over a dozen juvenile fiction publications by Miriam Cohen, as well as unpublished material.


The collection is arranged into three series:

1) Published Works

2) Works Unverified as Published

3) Author's materials (containing biographical material, reviews, correspondence, and related material)

Titles within published and unpublished works are arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Miriam Cohen and Gabriel Cohen.

Miriam Cohen papers, 1967-circa 2009
Finding aid created by CLRC staff
October 2004, May 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • October 2018: Collection Reprocessed (and New Material Added) by Kristell Benson

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library