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Lyla Hoffine Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1420

Scope and Contents

The Lyla Hoffine Collection holds drafts and proofs for children's titles written by Hoffine, primarily fiction written about Native American characters. The collection also holds three original illustrations by Larry Toschik, as well as printing plates, for Jennie's Mandan Bowl, a script and photos from a television appearance on the Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction in 1961, as well as some biographical information written by Lyla's cousin, Helen K. Ackmann


  • Creation: circa 1957-1987


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

Lyla Hoffine was born in 1897 near Highland, Wisconsin and died in 1984 in Tucson, Arizona. She had written six children's books, and "because of her skills as a writer of children's books," as well as those in researching "Indian lore, she was asked to participate in the Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction at Purdue University, Lafayette, IN."

Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2002.


1.5 Cubic Feet (3 hollinger document boxes and 1 flat portfolio)

Language of Materials



The Lyla Hoffine Collection contains typescripts and production materials for children's books written by Hoffine, as well as some biographical material.


Collection Guide arranged alphabetically by work title, with biographical information at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lyla Hoffine, with biographical information donated by Helen and Glenn Ackmann.

Lyla Hoffine Collection, circa 1957-1987
Elizabeth Langley
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • October 2017: 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