Paula C. Snyder Children's Literature Collection

Collection Guide


A collection of children's books, including Newbery and Caldecott award winners, purchased through an endowment fund in memory of Paula C. Synder (1946-1991), who was a New Jersey school librarian.
Paula C. Snyder Memorial Endowment Fund
Date Range
92 books

Access and Use

Digital Access

No digital access is currently available for materials in this collection.

Physical Access

Non-autographed books may be checked out from the Education Laboratory. Autographed books may be browsed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections.


Items in the University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections may be made available to visiting researchers to support research, scholarship, education, and private study under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107). The University of Scranton respects the intellectual property rights of others and does not claim any copyright interest in these materials. It is your responsibility to determine the ownership and status of copyright in any materials you may wish to use beyond fair use, and obtain the permission of the copyright owner, if needed. Individuals or organizations holding additional information about the copyright status of items in this collection are invited to contact the University Archives staff at

Preferred Citation

[Author(s) of Publication], [Publication Title], [Date of Publication], Paula C. Snyder Children's Literature Collection, McHugh Special Collections, The University of Scranton.


Administrative/Biographical History

Paula Catherine Michalowski was born July 25, 1946 in Oxford, New Jersey, the third of six children of Peter and Kathryn Michalowski. Education was always stressed to the children, each sibling tutoring the younger as they progressed through local Catholic schools. Paula received an associate's degree from Manor Junior College immediately after high school and began her teaching career at Saint Jane's Elementary School in Easton, Pennsylvania. Paula married Timothy Snyder in 1969. Following a move to the West Coast, the Snyders started a family with the birth of their only child, Matthew Timothy. The family returned east in 1973, and Paula taught in the public school systems of Bath (Pa.), Annapolis (M.D.), Belvidere (N.J.), and Allamuchy (N.J). During this time she received a bachelor's degree from East Stroudsburg University (graduating magna cum laude) and a Master of Library Science degree from Kutztown University. She was the elementary librarian at Pleasant Valley (Pa.) School District when she died in October 1991.

"Paula was passionate about her work. She influenced children, she touched the future, she encouraged children to read, to entrust themselves to know the world through books," said Veronica Michalowski, Paula's sister. From daily stories read to the children, to Halloween costumes bringing literary characters to life, Paula's drive for quality in education was matched by her creativity and love of children's literature. Paula's passing at such a young age took away the opportunity of many children to experience her teaching. However, the many who enjoyed the animated storytelling, the famous witch costume, and her enthusiastic spirit in the library will never forget Paula Catherine Michalowski Snyder.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 92 children's books, including Newbery and Caldecott award winners, purchased through an endowment fund in memory of Paula C. Synder (1946-1991). For each award-winning book, two copies were purchased: a circulating copy for the Weinberg Memorial Library's Education Laboratory, and an autographed copy to be preserved in the McHugh Special Collections.


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Acquisition Information

Upon Paula C. Snyder's death in 1991, her husband Timothy Snyder donated her collection of children's literature to the Weinberg Memorial Library. He also established an endowment fund for the purchase of Newbery and Caldecott award-winning books.

Processing Notes

Processed in 1991 with the endowment acquisitions continuing through 2002.