Children's Literature Research Collection

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Adults studying or developing children's literature will find The Children's Literature Research Collection to be an invaluable resource. The collection houses more than 85,000 non-circulating books published from 1837 to the present. We emphasize juvenile books associated with the Pennsylvania region; books about human sexuality; serial fiction; folk literature; toy and moveable books; and books written or illustrated outside the field of children's literature.

Digital Collection

Featured Item

Featured ItemIn 1995, Lloyd Alexander donated this sketch for a previously-made Christmas Card. An overlay attached to the image indicates that it was used for a zinc line cut. It was presumably used to create multiple copies of the image for the Alexanders to send out as Christmas cards. The illustration was created with pen and ink on board.

Finding Aids

A finding aid is a guide to an archival collection. Finding aids include information about the collection's creator(s) and subject matter, and describe the content, date, and format of the documents in a collection. A finding aid also details the collection's arrangement. Finding aids include information for researchers about how to access and use the collection, and how it should be cited.


Lloyd Alexander papers
This collection contains the literary papers of author Lloyd Alexander, dating from 1941-1995. Drafts, proofs, and planning notes for Alexander's writings, together with correspondence relating to his books, make up the bulk of the collection; other types of materials present include drawings,…

Aliki papers
The Aliki papers (1962-1975) consist of a book, color separations, dummies, illustrations, and text layouts for five of the children's books she illustrated: Averages, Birds at Night, My Five Senses, The Story of William Penn, and This is the House Where Jack Lives.

Jim Arnosky illustrations
This collection contains original illustrations by the naturalist and children’s book author and illustrator Jim Arnosky. The illustrations include color separations and drawings. Six titles are represented, including Arnosky’s first book I Was Born in a Tree and Raised by Bees (1977).

Barbara Baumgartner papers
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…

Corydon Bell illustrations
This collection contains twenty sheets of final art and one published copy of the book Snow (1954), written by Thelma Harrington Bell and illustrated by Corydon Bell.

Freda Pastor Berkowitz proofs
Freda Pastor Berkowitz (1908-1994) was a Philadelphia-area pianist, music teacher, and author. The collection consists of galley proofs and folded and gathered sheets for On Lutes, Recorders, and Harpsichords (1967) and plate proofs for Unfinished Symphony (1963).

Emma L. Brock notes and illustrations
The collection contains three color separations for page 27 of Skipping Island (1958) by Emma L. Brock, with an identifying note.

Marcia Brown papers
Marcia Brown is an author and illustrator known for her children’s books and illustrated folktales. The collection consists of dummies, an original print, and a carved wood block for How, Hippo! (1969).

Virginia Lee Burton papers
This collection consists of sketches, artwork, illustrations, dummies, galleys, typescripts, and color separations created by Virginia Lee Burton for the book Life Story (1962).

Donald Ewin Cooke papers
Donald Cooke was a Philadelphia-area children’s book author and illustrator and the founder of the Edraydo publishing house. The Donald Ewin Cooke papers include original art for Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1947), a character doll and book jacket final art for The Silver Horn of Robin Hood (1956), and…

Marguerite de Angeli papers
This collection contains the papers of children’s book author and illustrator Marguerite de Angeli (1889-1987), with materials dating from 1914 to 1982 (bulk 1935-1977). Much of the collection consists of drafts and artwork for twenty-six of de Angeli’s children’s books. Also present are…

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers papers
The collection consists of dummies, correspondence, manuscripts, outlines, sketches, research notes, drafts, galley proofs, and typescripts by the children's book author and editor Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (1914-2000), for her books The Little Girl and Her Mother (1963), May I Bring a Friend?…

Louise Lee and Richard Floethe papers
This collection contains one dummy and one piece of preliminary artwork for If I Were Captain, written by Louise Lee and illustrated by Richard Floethe. If I Were Captain was the first book on which the couple collaborated and was chosen as a Junior Literary Guild Selection.

Jane Flory papers
This is a collection of manuscripts, illustrations, and notes by Jane Flory. Documentation is present for a number of Flory's books, including Faraway Dream, Farmer John, The Golden Venture, It Was a Pretty Good Year, The Liberation of Clementine Tipton, Mist on the Mountain, One Hundred and…

Reinhold Weimar Goll writings
This collection contains the typescript draft and editorial notes for the book Valley Forge Rebel (1974) by teacher and children's author Reinhold Weimar Goll (1897-1993).

Eulalie Osgood Grover papers
This is a small collection of papers by the author Eulalie Osgood Grover. This collection consists of two typescript French translations of Sunbonnet Babies, a printed copy of A Trip to Egypt by Dreamland Babies, advertising material for The Art-Literature Readers, and correspondence. The…

Carolyn Haywood papers
This collection contains the personal and literary papers of children's author and illustrator Carolyn Haywood. The collection consists of manuscripts, illustrations, proofs, sketchbooks, correspondence, clippings, audiovisual materials, photographs, scrapbooks, diplomas, and awards.

Elizabeth Hoffman Honness papers
This collection contains typescripts, galley proofs, and engraver's proofs for books by children's author Elizabeth Hoffman Honness (1904-2003), including Mystery in the Square Tower (1957), Mystery of the Secret Message (1961), and Mystery of the Pirate's Ghost (1966).

Margaret O. Hyde papers
Margaret Oldroyd Hyde is a writer who specializes in books for adolescents on topics of health, invention, or science. The Margaret O. Hyde papers consist of material from Flight Today and Tomorrow (1953), including typescripts, galleys, and illustration proofs.

Leonard P. Kessler papers
This collection consists of production materials for the book How to Play Better Football (1972) by children's author C. Paul Jackson, illustrated by Leonard P. Kessler. The collection includes a dummy and a complete set of final art, in addition to small amounts of correspondence, preliminary…

Kristin Hunter Lattany writings
This collection consists of a typescript for the book Boss Cat (1971) and a manuscript for the book The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou (1968) by Kristin Hunter Lattany (1931-2008).

E. (Elizabeth) MacKinstry illustrations
This collection consists of sketches, studies, and drawings by children's illustrator E. (Elizabeth) MacKinstry (1879-1956).

Katherine Milhous and Frances Lichten papers
This is a collection of the manuscripts, illustrations, and papers of Katherine Milhous, and the papers of Frances Lichten. Katherine Milhous manuscript materials include drafts, dummies, proofs, notes, finished art, color separations, and other production materials for her children’s books. Her…

Frances Salomon Murphy writings
This collection contains the final draft and production material for the 1953 children’s book Ready-Made Family by Frances Salomon Murphy.

Evaline Ness papers
This collection consists of dummies, sketches, paste-ups, artwork, and color separations created by Evaline Ness as illustrations for the books Coll and His White Pig, The Truthful Harp, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, The High King, and Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog.

Scott O'Dell papers
Scott O'Dell (1898-1989) was a well-known author of historical fiction for children, most notably the Newbery award-winning Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960). This collection consists of a typescript for the book Island of the Blue Dolphins and related award ceremony materials.

Elizabeth Olds papers
This collection consists of preliminary artwork, dummies, mechanicals, wood blocks, and proofs for the books Little Una (1963) and Plop, Plop, Ploppie (1962) by children's author and illustrator Elizabeth Olds (1896-1991). There is also a screen print of Three Alarm Fire, which was the basis for…

Joseph Rous Paget-Fredericks dummy
This collection contains a dummy for the unpublished book Red Roofs and Flowerpots, with text and illustrations by Joseph Rous Paget-Fredericks (1903-1963).

Lucy Fitch Perkins papers
This is a small collection of material by and about children's author and illustrator Lucy Fitch Perkins (1865-1937). It contains correspondence, a manuscript draft of The Dutch Twins, and advertising material for "The Twins Series."

Elizabeth Ripley papers
This is a collection of manuscripts and notes by Elizabeth Ripley for her last three artist biographies: Copley: A Biography, Hokusai: A Biography, and Rodin: A Biography. Materials include drafts, outlines, notes, dummies, proofs, photographs, and correspondence.

William Steig illustrations
The collection consists of a piece of preliminary artwork and a dummy by cartoonist and children's author William Steig (1907-2003), for the book Sylvester the Magic Pebble (1969).

Susanne Suba illustrations
This collection contains eighteen illustrations by artist Susanne Suba for Sonny-boy Sim, written by Elizabeth Whitemore Baker.

Tomi Ungerer papers
This collection contains the literary papers of author, illustrator, and cartoonist Tomi Ungerer. Ungerer’s illustrations for children’s books, both his own and those of other authors, make up the bulk of the collection. The papers consist of notes, drafts, dummies, published volumes, sketches,…

Hendrik Willem Van Loon typescript and illustrations
Hendrik Willem Van Loon (1882-1944) was a journalist, historian, radio personality, writer, and illustrator who published more than fifty books on history for a children and adults. The Van Loon papers include a typescript for A Short History of Discovery (1917) with original color illustrations.

Lucille Wallower papers
The papers of Pennsylvania children's author Lucille Wallower contain typewritten drafts and illustrations for many different works, including Colonial Histories: Pennsylvania, A Conch Shell for Molly, The Hippity Hopper: or, Why There Are No Indians in Pennsylvania, Indians of Pennsylvania, The…
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