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Reinhold Weimar Goll writings


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Reinhold Weimar Goll was born on March 20, 1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1917 to 1918. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1921 and a Master’s degree in 1923, both in education from Temple University. In 1930, he received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He married Florence M. Leipe on September 30, 1919 and the couple had three children, Robert, Florence, and Richard. Most of his books, including The Visitors From Planet Veta (1961), Spaceship to Planet Veta (1962), and Through Space to Planet T. (1963), were science fantasies for young adults. Valley Forge Rebel was inspired by many visits to Valley Forge with his children and by Dr. Goll's belief that "American youngsters know too little of the great sacrifices made to win American independence." He worked in the Philadelphia public school system for 48 years as a teacher at the Elverson Elementary School and as principal at the Disston Elementary School and the Farrell Elementary School. He died on October 18, 1993.


Something About the Author, vol. 26.

“Obituary for Reinhold W. Goll.” Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 October 1993, page B04.

This collection contains the typescript draft and editorial notes for the book Valley Forge Rebel (1974).

The collection is arranged in order of probable creation. It is housed in the same box as the Kristin Hunter Lattany writings and the William Steig illustrations.

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Finding aid prepared by Lindsay Friedman
TThe 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.
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Collection Inventory

Draft, typescript, 6 February 1968.
Box 1 Folder 1-2
Scope and Contents note

A working title was "Valley Forge Boy."

Editorial notes, circa 1968.
Box 1 Folder 3

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