Barbara Baumgartner papers


Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
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Baumgartner, Barbara, 1939-2024
Barbara Baumgartner papers
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This collection includes drafts, notes, and source material by the author, children's librarian, and professional storyteller Barbara Baumgartner, for her book Crocodile! Crocodile! Stories Told Around the World (1994). The collection also includes correspondence between Baumgartner and her literary agent, and puppets used in the performance of one of the folktales.
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[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], Barbara Baumgartner papers, 1989-1994, Free Library of Philadelphia, Children's Literature Research Collection.

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 focused on folktales from world cultures. Her first book, Crocodile! Crocodile! Stories Told Around the World (1994), was illustrated by Judith Moffatt. She published three other books of stories and folktales: Good as Gold (1998), The Gingerbread Man (1998), and All My Shining Silver (2000). Barbara passed away on April 18, 2024.


"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.

Publication Information:

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection

Finding Aid Author:

Finding aid prepared by Garrett Boos


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.

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  • Correspondence
  • Folklore
  • Manuscripts
  • Puppets
  • Storytelling
  • Typescripts
Personal Name(s)
  • Baumgartner, Barbara, 1939-2024
  • Moffatt, Judith
  • Children's authors--20th century
  • Children's literature--20th century
  Date Box Folder
Crocodile! Crocodile! Stories told around the world 1994
Correspondence with literary agency 1989-1994 1
Four drafts of the tale "Sody Sally-ray-tus," corrected manuscript and typescript 1989 July-1990 February 1
Source material for "The Grateful Snake," photocopy circa 1989 1
Incomplete draft, typescript circa 1989-1990 1
"The Squeaky Old Bed," corrected typescript circa 1993 1
"A Note to Parents and Teachers," typescript 1993 June 1
"Notes for the Storyteller," lecture notes, typescript circa 1994 1
Transcription of "The Grateful Snake" from Crocodile! Crocodile!, typescript circa 1994 1
Script for "The Grateful Snake" puppet play, typescript circa 1994 1
Puppets for "The Grateful Snake," marker on paper mounted to wooden sticks, 7 items circa 1994 1

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