Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Velma Vera Varner papers, 1946-1973

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1291
Bib ID 4079436 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Varner, Velma
Title Velma Vera Varner papers, 1946-1973
Physical Description 3 boxes (3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Language(s) English .

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Cataloged and arranged.



This collection includes drawings and personal letters from authors and illustrators of children's books, correspondence about her career and promotions, and letters of condolence at the time of her death.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Velma Vara Varner papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.

Revision Description

2020-02-16 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Children's literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Editors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
G.P. Putnam's Sons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harcourt Brace & Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrated children's books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Silverman, Mel, 1931-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Viking Press Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
William Morrow and Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women librarians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World Publishing Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Librarian and editor. Varner was a children's librarian and editor of children's books at Harcourt Brace & Co., 1946-1953, at G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1953-1955, at William Morrow Co., 1955-1956, at World Publishing Co., 1956-1964, and at The Viking Press, 1964-1972.

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Box 1 Cataloged Correspondence and Drawings

Box 2 Uncataloged correspondence, printed, etc.

Box 3 Publishers Catalogs, etc.

Mapcase 15-H-3 Serigraph by Mel Misha Silverman, 1958, 67x49 cm.

Inscribed to Velma Varner.