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Dale Fife Papers

Identifier: CLRC-815

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for juvenile titles published between 1968 and 1981. Also included is typescript, page proof, and correspondence related to "The Friendship String," published in the textbook in Tell Me How the Sun Rose.


  • Creation: circa 1968-1981


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 Dale (Odile) Hollerbach Fife was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1901. While she wrote primarily for children, two of her books, including her first publication from 1956, Weddings in the Family, were written for adults, and she also wrote articles and short stories. Though she lived in California, Fife travelled in Europe and South America, among other places, to research for her books. Fife died in 2003.

Biographical source:

"Dale (Odile) Fife." Something About the Author, Vol. 18. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1981.

Cabanatuan, Michael. "Dale Hollerbach Fife -- author of children's books." Obituary. SFGate. October 8, 2003.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for books written by Dale Fife, primarily in the 1970s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dale Fife.

Dale Fife Papers, circa 1968-1981
Larry Peterson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • May 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