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Uri Orlev Collection

Identifier: MS159

Scope and Contents

This small collection related to Uri Orlev and his books for children consists of photocopied book reviews, articles about Orlev, and correspondence from readers, primarily children with some responses from the author. Articles and reviews published between 1956 and 2009 are written in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Polish, Swedish, Japanese, or Hebrew.


  • 1956 - 2009
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1990 - 2008
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/09/2008


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Author Uri Orlev, born in Warsaw, Poland in 1931, moved to Israel after surviving the Warsaw Ghetto and the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He began writing children's literature in 1976 and has published more than 30 books which have been translated into at least 36 languages. He has received various honors and awards for his writing, including the Hans Christian Andersen Author Award (1996). The Island on Bird Street (1981) has been one of his most famous books for children. This small collection of photocopied book reviews, articles and readers' correspondence supports Northwestern University Library's collection of his books for children.

Arrangement Note

Book reviews are organized into folders alphabetically according to the titles of Orlev's books, and articles are arranged chronologically with Japanese and Hebrew articles separated from the others. Correspondence is separated into folders by nationality or country of origin.

Source of Acquisition

Uri Orlev

Method of Acquisition

All of the photocopied materials were given by Uri Orlev in September 2009 to supplement his donation of over a hundred editions of his books published in various translations. Books can be found in the Northwestern University Library online catalog.

Related Materials

Various editions and translations of books by Uri Orlev have been cataloged for the Northwestern University Library curriculum collection; they can be found in the online catalog.

See also the Hans Christian Andersen Awards collection (MS121) for the dossiers prepared for Uri Orlev's nomination by Israel for the 1994 and 1996 Hans Christian Andersen Awards. Mr. Orlev received the award in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Sigrid Pohl Perry in February 2010; the finding aid was created in Microsoft Word and Archon.
Guide to the Uri Orlev Collection
Sigrid Pohl Perry
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Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US