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Duncan Emrich Papers

Identifier: CLRC-378

Scope and Contents

The collection contains material for two titles, The Nonsense Bookand The Hodge Podge Book. Included are corrected typescripts for both titles and a galley proof plus notes and bibliography for the latter.


  • Creation: circa 1971-circa 1973


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 Sketch

Author, diplomat, academic, and folklorist Duncan Emrich, was born in Mardin, Turkey, on April 11, 1908, the son of missionaries. His career included such positions as professor of English, chief of the folklore section at the Library of Congress, and diplomat. During World War II, he served with U. S. Military Intelligence and was named American historian to General Eisenhower. He was also a contributor to folklore journals and several other periodicals. He wrote articles for Police Gazette under the pseudonym Blackie Macdonald. In 1970 he won several awards for The Nonsense Book of Riddles, Rhymes, Tongue Twisters, Puzzles, and Jokes from American Folklore. In 1969 he was hired as professor of folklore at American University, where he taught until his death in 1977.

Biographical Source:

"Duncan (Black MacDonald) Emrich (1908-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 11. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1977.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains written production material related to two juvenile book written by Duncan Emrich.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Duncan Emrich.

Related Materials

An additional collection of Duncan Emrich papers is held at American University in Washington, DC.

Duncan Emrich Papers, circa 1971-circa 1973
Larry Peterson
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Revision Statements

  • July 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