Miriam Schlein papers
Scope and Contents
- 1940 - 2009
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 41, 42, 43, and 48 (phonograph records): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 47 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
November 2010 Acquisition, Gift of Elizabeth S. Weiss and John Weiss, 2010.
October 2017 Acquisition, Gift of Elizabeth S. Weiss, 2017.
Acquisitions recieved after the initial gift date were organized by accession. Researchers should note that material within each acquisition may overlap with/or relate to material found in other acquisitions.
42.25 Linear Feet (51 boxes)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
Miriam Schlein (1926-2004)
While working for the publisher Simon & Schuster in the children’s department, she was inspired to write her own books for children. Beginning with 1951’s A Day at the Playground, she went on to write nearly one hundred books over five decades. Although she wrote a number of fiction stories, such as Oomi, the New Hunter (1955), The Snake in the Carpool (1963), and I Sailed with Columbus (1991), she concentrated on books which explored the natural sciences. Among her award-winning efforts in this genre are Fast Is Not a Ladybug: A Book about Fast and Slow Things (1953), Elephant Herd (1954), What's Wrong with Being a Skunk? (1974), Giraffe, the Silent Giant (1976), The Dangerous Life of the Sea Horse (1986), and Discovering Dinosaur Babies (1991).
Miriam Schlein married Harvey Weiss, an artist who illustrated some of her early works. Before her marriage with Weiss ended in divorce, the couple had two children.
Miriam Schlein died of vasculitis on 23 November 2004 in New York City.
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Information included in the Content Description note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
- Guide to the Miriam Schlein Papers
- by Jennifer Meehan, Leigh Golden, and Jessica Tai
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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