Ernestine Cobern Beyer Collection
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
- Beyer, Ernestine Cobern, 1893- (Person)
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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernestine_Cobern_Beyer.
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
- Ernestine Cobern Beyer Collection, 1961-1970
- Nancy Larsen and Diep Truong
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 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