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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Virginia Eifert  

Pen Name: Virginia S. Eifert


Born: 1911 in Springfield, Illinois

Died: 1966 in Springfield, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Eifert lived in Springfield her entire life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Virginia S. Eifert may have lived her entire life in Springfield,Illinois, but her passions took her much farther, traveling and learning about North America's natural and human history on a much broader scale. Born in 1911, she was ill through much of high school and never attained a high school diploma. Instead, she began journaling, learning nature on an intimate level, then developing a 'nature news' publication that she distributed around her neighborhood. Soon she was asked to write in this same style for one of the largest newspapers in Illinois, and by the time she was 19 she was asked to create, write, illustrate and edit a monthly magazine for the Illinois State Museum. She continued with this effort for 326 issues until 1966 and her early death at age 56. Some of her finest writing appeared in ''The Living Museum''. At the museum she also published a series of natural history booklets and wrote for many nationally distributed nature magazines such as ''Audubon'' and ''Nature''. In 1954, she published her first major book for a New York publisher, Dodd Mead, and went on to write 19 more, winning several national awards in the process.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Birds in Your Backyard (Popular Science Series)
ISBN: 0897920317

Illinois State Museum. 1986

Book by Eifert, Virginia S.

Illinois Wild Flowers (Popular science series ; v. 3)
ISBN: 0897920708

Illinois State Museum. 1978

Illinois Wild Flowers is a representative, though not complete, collection of photographs of our native wild flowers, most of which were made by Doctor John Voss. They are arranged according to season, beginning with the opening of the earliest flowers in the year.

Invitation to birds: A few of the common birds of Illinois, an invitation to know and enjoy them (Illinois State Museum)
ISBN: B0007G1M9A

Illinois State Museum. 1953

The Buffalo Trace
ISBN: B0007I4G96

Dodd, Mead. 1966

Out of the wilderness: Young Abe Lincoln grows up
ISBN: B0007I128O

Dodd, Mead. 1966

Mississippi calling
ISBN: B0007E6Z9Y

Dodd, Mead. 1957

This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages, poor pictures or errant marks may have been introduced due to either the quality of the original work or the scanning process itself. Despite these occasional imperfections, we have brought it back into print as part of our ongoing global book preservation commitment, providing customers with access to the best possible historical reprints. We appreciate your understanding of these occasional imperfections, and sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the book in a format as close as possible to that intended by the original publisher.

New birth of freedom;: Abraham Lincoln in the White House
ISBN: B0007DK636

Dodd, Mead. 1959

Land of the snowshoe hare

Dodd, Mead. 1960

nature book in exceptional condition.

Louis Jolliet, explorer of rivers.

Dodd, Mead. 1961

Journeys in green places, the shores and woods of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula.

Dodd, Mead. 1963

Tall Trees and Far Horizons: Adventures and Discoveries of Early Botanists in America (Essay index reprint series)
ISBN: 0836926862

Ayer Co Pub. 1965

Essay index Reprint Series Hardcover - June, 1965 by Virginia L. Eifert



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