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Title: Peter F. Neumeyer Papers, 1947-2004Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0394
Extent: 9.46 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1968-1999
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Peter F. Neumeyer was born in Germany in 1929.  Fleeing the Nazis, he and his family emigrated to the United States in 1936.  After receiving his undergraduate degree, master’s degree, and doctorate (in 1963) in English at UC Berkeley, Neumeyer taught at Harvard University until 1969.  It was there that Neumeyer taught one of the first literary courses on children's books in North America.  Besides Harvard, Neumeyer has taught at State University of New York (Stony Brook) and West Virginia University.  He has taught summer courses on children’s literature at Columbia University.  Additionally, Neumeyer has lectured and taught in Sweden and Finland on that subject.   

Neumeyer came to San Diego State University in 1978 and retired in 1993.  At SDSU, Neumeyer developed in the English Department what has become the largest Children's Literature program in North America.  Neumeyer has published extensively on children's literature topics, especially E.B. White, including The Annotated Charlotte's Web.  Other authors that Neumeyer has written about include Franz Kafka, Tove Jansson, Richard Kennedy, and Randall Jerrell.

In addition to his work at the university, Neumeyer collaborated with illustrator and friend Edward Gorey on three books, the Donald and the… series.  He was also a poet, and published numerous poems in literary journals.  After retirement from SDSU, Neumeyer was a prolific reviewer of children's books for various publications including Prodigy, Mothering Magazine, Parent's Choice, San Diego Home and Garden, and the Los Angeles Times.  In 2005, he received the Children's Literature Association's Anne Deveraux Jordan Award for his contributions to the field.

Author: Frank Sweeney
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I. Pedagogical Work, 1947-1992

II. Professional Files, 1978-2004

III. Published Work, 1963-2001

IV. Margot Zemach Art Show, 2003-2004

V. Correspondence with Edward "Ted" Gorey

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Acquired: 02/03/2006. Additions to the Peter Neumeyer papers were added September, 2014 by Kim Schwenk.  The materials include outgoing correspondence from Peter Neumeyer to Edward "Ted" Gorey, 1968-1971.
Restrictions: Researchers must receive Mr. Neumeyer's approval to use, duplicate, or publish materials from the collection.
Rights: The copyright interests in the materials found in this collection will be transferred to San Diego State University on January 1, 2056.  Special Collections and University Archives can only grant permission to publish materials for which it is the copyright holder.  For further information, please consult the section on copyright in the rules for using the collections, or contact the United States Copyright Office at (202) 707-3000 or
Acquisition Note: Peter and Helen Neumeyer
Related Materials:

Edward Gorey Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University

Peter F. Neumeyer Collection, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Peter F. Neumeyer Papers, University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Peter F. Neumeyer Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
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