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John Neufeld Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1177

Scope and Contents

This collection focuses on John Neiufeld's work as an author of young adult and children's author. It includes production material for nearly a dozen works, including drafts, correspondence, and proofs, as well as typescripts for several speeches, and other related material.


  • 1968 - 1995


Access and Use:

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 Sketch

John Neufeld was born December 14, 1938 in Chicago, IL.. Throughout his career he has worked as an editor, teacher, television scriptwriter and copywriter. He has won several awards for his children's books including the Book of the Year citation from Timemagazine in 1968 for Edgar Allan. This was Neufeld's first book and it dealt with racial issues faced by a family who adopts a black child, only to give him up due to societal pressures.

Difficult issues are not glossed over in Neufeld's books. He has tackeled such topics as teen pregnancy, political oppression, prejudice and mental illness. His honesty in dealing with young adult situations has been greatly appreciated and his work has enjoyed wide readership.


2.9 Cubic Feet (3 boxes [2 record cartons and 1 hollinger box])

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for juvenile and young adult works written by John Neufeld.

Accession Information:

Gift of John Neufeld.
John Neufeld Papers, 1968-1995
Christine Schonhart
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library