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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.


  • Creation: 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 / Historical

Norma Holzman Farber was born in August of 1909 in Boston, MA. She lived for a period in Europe after her marriage to Sidney Farber in 1928, before returning to the United States where she received an AB from Wellesley College in 1931 and an MA from Radcliffe in 1932. She initially primarily wrote poetry for adults, before she began writing poetry and stories for children in the 1960s. She wrote in a wide variety of genres, including nonsense verse, instructional stories, and biblical tales. Her best known books was As I was Crossing Boston Common, published in 1975. Farber died in 1984.

Biographical Source:

"Norma Farber (1909-1984)." Something About the Author. Vol. 75. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1994,


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Norma Farber with additional material donated by Harper Collins.

Norma Farber Papers, circa 1967-circa 1997
Larry Peterson
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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