Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Meindert De Jong Papers
Creator: De Jong, Meindert, 1906-1991.
Inclusive dates: 1933, 1965, and undated
Extent: 2.5 cubic foot (in 5 boxes)
Papers include biographical materials, correspondence, typed drafts and galley proofs, a photograph, and miscellaneous.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1021, 1236, 1363

Access Restrictions:

Meindert De Jong Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Meindert De Jong Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical, and then chronological.



Meindert De Jong was a Grand Rapids, Michigan, author of children’s books. He was born in the Netherlands in 1906, and came to Grand Rapids as a child in 1918. De Jong attended Grand Rapids Christian High School and received his B.A. from Calvin College.

During World War II, De Jong served three years as a sergeant and historian for Gen. Chennault’s 14th Air Force in China.

De Jong won wide recognition for his children’s books, and received many awards. In 1962, he won the Hans Christian Anderson Award, the highest honor for children’s books. De Jong was the first American to win this award. Eventually, De Jong won the Hans Christian Anderson Award for: (the) Easter cat; (The) Wheel on the school; Hurry home, Candy; Along came a dog; and (the) House of sixty fathers.

In 1954, De Jong was awarded the Newberry Medal, an award for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children. On two other occasions he was runner-up for the Newberry. Also, De Jong won the 1956 annual Children’s Book Award of the Child Study Association of America. His books were translated into 21 languages. Although De Jong had no children of his own, he drew upon his childhood experiences to write the many incidents found in his books. De Jong’s last book, the Easter cat, was published in 1991.

DeJong died in 1991. (This information is from the collection and Anderson Award winners website.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes De Jong’s typed drafts and galley proofs of many of his books, some correspondence with editors, Elizabeth Nowell (his agent), correspondence with his family, 1933, 1945 and biographical materials, undated. The miscellaneous materials include the Michigan Works Program Administration’s Federal Music Project, 1938-1939, (1 folder) and a photograph of deaf children at the Kalamazoo State School in Lansing, Michigan, undated (1 folder).

Copies of sixteen of De Jong’s books are separately cataloged in the Clarke Historical Library.

Subject Terms

    • De Jong, Meindert, 1906-1991.
    • Children's literature.
    • Michigan authors.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--History.
    • Kent County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Meindert De Jong Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Bells of the Harbor (folder 1 of 3), 1941
    Box   1 F   3
    Bells of the Harbor (folder 2 of 3), 1941
    Box   1 F   4
    Bells of the Harbor (folder 3 of 3), 1941
    Box   1 F   5
    (The) Big Goose and the Little White Duck, 1938
    Box   1 F   6
    Billy and the Unhappy Bull, 1946
    Box   1 F   7
    Business correspondence, Editors of Periodicals to De Jong, 1933, 1935
    Box   2 F   1
    (The) Cat on the Parapet, 1943
    Box   2 F   2
    (The) Cat that Walked a Week, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Correspondence, Elizabeth Nowell to De Jong, 1939
    Box   2 F   4
    Correspondence, Family, 1945
    Box   2 F   5
    “Detjen’s Dirk”, draft of Dirk’s Dog: Bello, undated
    Box   2 F   6
    Dirk’s Dog: Bello, 1939
    Box   2 F   7
    Dirk’s Dog: Bello, undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Dirk’s Dog: Bello (folder 1 of 3), undated
    Box   3 F   2
    Dirk’s Dog: Bello (folder 2 of 3), undated
    Box   3 F   3
    Dirk’s Dog: Bello (folder 3 of 3), undated
    Box   3 F   4
    Dirk’s Dog: Bello, Western Radio Station, Inc., undated
    Box   3 F   5
    Info on Dirk’s Dog: Bello Radio Program, 1949
    Box   3 F   6
    Good Luck Duck, 1950
    Box   3 F   7
    (The) House of Sixty Fathers, 1956
    Box   3 F   8
    (The) House of Sixty Fathers (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   3 F   9
    (The) House of Sixty Fathers (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   4 F   1
    Journey from Peppermint Street, draft (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   4 F   2
    Journey from Peppermint Street, draft (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   4 F   3
    Journey from Peppermint Street, galley proofs, undated
    Box   4 F   4
    (The) Little Stray Dog, undated
    Box   4 F   5
    Michigan Work Projects Administration Federal Music Project, Programs and Clippings, 1938-1939
    Box   4 F   6
    (The) Mighty Ones, 1959
    Box   4 F   7
    Photograph-Class of Deaf Children, Kalamazoo State School, Lansing, Michigan, undated
    Box   5 F   1
    Puppy, Summer, gallery proofs, undated
    Box   5 F   2
    Shadrack, 1953
    Box   5 F   3
    (The) Tower by the Sea, 1950
    Box   5 F   4
    Wheels Over the Bridge, 1941
    Box   5 F   5
    Wheels Over the Bridge, illustrator’s copy, 1941