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Ernestine Cobern Beyer Collection

Identifier: CLRC-718

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts for several letters Ernestine Beyer wrote to her granddaughter Barbara while she was working on the children's book The Story of Little-Big, where she discuses her work. The collection also contains one letter Beyer sent to the curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections, where she discusses the history of writing the story.


  • Creation: 1961 - 1970


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

Children's author and poet Ernestine Cobern Beyer, was born in 1893 in Meadville, Pennsylvania to Ernestine Craft Cobern and Camden McCormack Cobern, a Methodist minister and archaeologist. Ernestine wrote poems and stories for children's magazines. She often struggled to support her children after being widowed in 1937 during the Depression. The publication of "Sunbonnet Babies" in the Ladies' Home Journal (April, 1949) marked a change in Ernestine's fortunes. She received several awards from The National League of American Pen Women, and in April of 1972 was invited to Washington to be honored by the league for the best religious poem. Ernestine died eight months later on December 13, 1972.

Biographical Source: "Ernestine Cobern Beyer." Wikipedia. Accessed 2008.


1 folder

Language of Materials



The collection consists of correspondence relating to the writing of one children's book by Ernestine Cobern Beyer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ernestine Cobern Beyer

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Genre / Form


Ernestine Cobern Beyer Collection, 1961-1970
Nancy Larsen and Diep Truong
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • June 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library