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Collection Title: Joan Lexau Papers

Collection Number: DG0614

Inclusive Dates:1968

Volume: .25 cu. ft. (1 box)

Provenance : Material was donated by Joan Lexau in 1969.

Copyright: The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code).  Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research."  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, other than that noted above.

Biographical Sketch:

Joan Lexau was born in St. Paul , Minnesota and attended the College of St. Thomas and St. Catherine. She was the editorial secretary for Catholic Digest from 1953-1955 and a reporter for the Catholic News from 1956-1957. She later worked for Harper & Row as a production liaison in the children's book department when she began her writing career. She won the Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award in 1971 for Striped Ice Cream (1970). In addition to writing picture books, she has also contributed short stories and poems to Cricket, Bank Street Readers, Good Housekeeping and Critic.


Something About the Author , vol 36, p. 130-132.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains folded and gathered sheets for The Rooftop Mystery (1968), part of the I Can Read Mystery series by Harper & Row.

Related Collection

The Syd Hoff Papers (DG0465)

Series and Subseries:

A. Books (1968)


Box Inventory


A. Books (1968)

The Rooftop Mystery by Joan Lexau, illustrated by Syd Hoff (New York: Harper & Row, 1968).

1/1 Folded and gathered sheets, staple bound, 1 item.

Processed: February 1999

This finding aid is a product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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