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James Riordan Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1313

Scope and Contents

The collection contains research and notes related to Riordan's research on Russian folktales, primarily used for his collections Tales from Central Russia and Tales from Tartary. The collection also includes a small amount of illustrative material provided by a niece in the USSR, according to Riordan, some of which was used in the British newspaper The Morning Star, which published several Tartar stories in 1979. The collection also contains a handwritten booklet in which Riordan recorded folk tales while traveling through Russia in the 1960s.


  • Creation: circa 1964-1977


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

James Riordan was born October 10, 1936, in Portsmouth, England. He became a lecturer of Russian at Portsmouth Polytechnic, and published his first children's book in 1974. He published numerous children's books, including folktales and stories from Russia. He died in 2012.

Biographical source: "James Riordan (1936-)." Something About the Author. Volume 95. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1998.


2 folders

Language of Materials




The James Riordan Papers contain research material and notes related to Riordan's research on Russian folklore.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Riordan

James Riordan Papers, 1972-1977, undated
Sharlene Murphy
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Revision Statements

  • October 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library