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Joan M. Lexau Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1972

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts, typescripts, notes, and related production material for five titles written by Joan Lexau.


  • Creation: 1958-circa 1969


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

Joan M. Lexau was born in St. Paul, MN. She took special courses at the College of St. Thomas and College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN., and at the New School for Social Research. Her career began as an editorial secretary, then as an advertising production manager and freelance correspondent, and she later did production-liaison work with Harper and Row Publishers from 1957-1961. After the publication of her first book Olaf Readsin 1961, she became a fulltime freelance writer, mostly for young people. Most of her writings were published under her name, however, from 1963-1973, four titles were published under the pseudonym Joan L. Nodset. She contributed multiple children's stories to magazines and periodicals. For many years she maintained a tradition of returning to St. Paul every year for the Minnesota State Fair.


"Joan Lexau." Something About the Author. Vol.36. Detroit, MI: 1984.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains manuscripts and typescripts related to five titles by Joan Lexau.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joan M. Lexau.

Joan M. Lexau Papers, 1958-circa 1969
David E Byer
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • January 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau
  • July 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library