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Barbara Baumgartner papers


Held at: Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection [Contact Us]1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

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Barbara Baumgartner was born September 9, 1939, in Wilmington, Delaware, and spent most of her life in the Philadelphia area. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1961 and received her library degree from Drexel University in 1968. After working for years as a children’s librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia, she pursued a Ph.D. in Storytelling and Education from the Union Institute. She taught courses on children’s literature and conducts storytelling workshops around the area. A member of the National Storytelling Association and a founder of the local Patchwork Storytelling Guild, Baumgartner focuses on folktales from world cultures. Her first book, Crocodile! Crocodile! Stories Told Around the World (1994), was illustrated by Judith Moffatt. She has published three other books of stories and folktales: Good as Gold (1998), The Gingerbread Man (1998), and All My Shining Silver (2000).


“Meet Our Storytellers.” Patchwork Storytelling. Accessed December 29, 2011.

Something About the Author, vol. 86.

The Barbara Baumgartner papers include correspondence, manuscript drafts, source material, and typescripts relating to Crocodile! Crocodile! Stories Told Around the World (1994). Illustrated by Judith Moffatt, the book is a collection of international folktales that Baumgartner performed as a storyteller. The collection also includes the script and puppets used in performing the folktale “The Grateful Snake," which appears in Crocodile! Crocodile!.

The materials are arranged in probable order of creation.

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Boos
Finding Aid Date
April 2012
The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers by appointment. Please contact the Curator for access.

Use Restrictions

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence with literary agency, 1989-1994.
Box 1 Folder 1
Four drafts of the tale "Sody Sally-ray-tus," corrected manuscript and typescript, 1989 July-1990 February.
Box 1 Folder 2
Source material for "The Grateful Snake," photocopy, circa 1989.
Box 1 Folder 3
Incomplete draft, typescript, circa 1989-1990.
Box 1 Folder 4
"The Squeaky Old Bed," corrected typescript, circa 1993.
Box 1 Folder 5
"A Note to Parents and Teachers," typescript, 1993 June.
Box 1 Folder 6
"Notes for the Storyteller," lecture notes, typescript, circa 1994.
Box 1 Folder 7
Transcription of "The Grateful Snake" from Crocodile! Crocodile!, typescript, circa 1994.
Box 1 Folder 8
Script for "The Grateful Snake" puppet play, typescript, circa 1994.
Box 1 Folder 9
Puppets for "The Grateful Snake," marker on paper mounted to wooden sticks, 7 items, circa 1994.
Box 1 Folder 10

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