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Norma Farber Papers

Identifier: CLRC-630

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material over a dozen titles written by Norma Farber. Included are typescripts, proofs, clippings, correspondence, and research material. The largerst group of materials is for the book Mercy Short: A Winter Journal, North Boston, 1692-93.


  • circa 1967-circa 1997


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

Norma Holzman was born in August of 1909 in Boston, MA. In 1928, at the age of 18, she married Sidney Farber, then a recent Harvard Medical School graduate . Early in their marriage, the Farbers lived in Europe, where Dr. Farber was continuing his studies. When they returned to the United States, Norma enrolled at Wellesley College and received an A. B. in 1931. From there she went on to obtain an M. A. from Radcliffe in 1932. After years of writing poetry for adults, Farber began penning stories and poetry for children in the 1960s. She is remembered for the variety of her books, which include nonsense verse, instructional stories, and retellings of biblical tales. Her best known work, As I Was Crossing Boston Common, published in 1975, won a National Book Award and a Children's Book Showcase Award. Another of her books published that same year, This Is the Ambulance Leaving the Zoo, was a Junior Literary Guild selection. In addition to her writing, Farber was also an accomplished singer, performing as a soprano in the United States and abroad. She died in 1984 of a vascular disease. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, Vol. 75, p. 56-58


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



Norma Farber's papers contain production material for over a dozen children's books written by Faber.

Accession Information:

Gift of Norma Farber with additional material donated by the Harper Collins.
Norma Farber Papers, circa 1967-circa 1997
Larry Peterson
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Collecting Area Details

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