The Peter F. Neumeyer Papers document Neumeyer's professional and academic career, beginning as a student and ending as a critic. The papers date from
1950, when Neumeyer was an undergraduate, to 2004, when he and wife Helen co-curated an exhibition on illustrator Margot Zemach.
The bulk of the papers are from the 1970s through the 1990s when Neumeyer was a professor and actively published academic
articles, reviews, and poetry. The collection is divided into four series: Pedagogical Work, Professional Files, Published Work, and Margot Zemach Art Show. Neumeyer kept all of his papers in a series of labeled folders. This order was preserved, and the folders that comprise
each of the four series are arranged alphabetically based upon, in most cases, Neumeyer’s description.
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.
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 http://www.copyright.gov.
Researchers must receive Mr. Neumeyer's approval to use, duplicate, or publish materials from the collection.