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The Kerlan Collection is at the University of Minnesota and is one of the world’s greatest collection of children’s literature research. The collection contains books, original manuscripts, illustrations, letters, posters, toys, photographs, catalogs, audiovisuals, figurine collections. Teachers, students, librarians, authors, illustrators, translators, and critics come from all over the world to visit the massive collection.
Anyone is able to access the material by special request. The online card catalog makes it easy for those who are searching for specific items.
The collection started in the 40s as a hobby of collecting rare books by Dr. Irvin Kerlan. He collected classics of the Newbery winners and would chose best what represented each current year. He began to take the collection one step further by collecting the background material that went into making the books. He would write letters to authors and illustrators and they would reply back with their original manuscripts, artwork and personal notes from editors and children.
You can search the online library through the MNCAT
I can’t believe I’ve never known about this collection and it’s so close by. I started my children’s book illustration class and this is one main topic we brought up. It will be an excellent source of inspiration and research. I’m excited to visit.