Dear Elmer L. Andersen Library patrons and members of the community,

Please know that we are responding to a quickly changing situation. Your health and well-being, and that of our community, are of the utmost importance to the University of Minnesota. Due to the threat of spreading COVID-19, Elmer L. Andersen Library is closed until further notice. The University of Minnesota is working closely with public health officials and will continue to assess the ongoing need for these restrictions. Thank you for your partnership and patience as we all work together to keep our community healthy. I remind you that while most of our Archives and Special collections records are not digitized, UMedia provides access to images, maps, manuscripts, video, audio and more.

Kris Kiesling

Director, Archives & Special Collections

Welcome to the Children's Literature Research Collections

The Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC) is an internationally recognized children's literature library and archive. A member of the University of Minnesota Libraries' Archives and Special Collections department (ASC), we hold books, manuscripts, illustrations, comic books, story papers, and other materials related to the creation of historical and modern children's literature, including archival materials and original artwork for 1700 authors and illustrators. For information on upcoming events hosted by the CLRC, see Events and News.

The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter


Book cover for: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

Did you miss the exhibit at the CLRC this spring? Experience it at your own home with the exhibit guide! 

For fourteen months beginning in June 2013, the New York Public Library hosted an exhibition about the role of children’s books in world culture and in our lives. Now with this book, a collaboration between the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature and children’s literature historian Leonard Marcus, the nostalgia and vision of that exhibit can be experienced anywhere.

Visit our Publishing Services page to download a copy of the guide or for more information on puchasing a print copy.



Search the Collections:

Use collection guides (or finding aids) that describe a collection of archival records, personal papers, or manuscripts to locate material for your research. The guide may be a brief summary or a detailed description and inventory.
Search digitized images, maps, films and videos, audio tapes, rare volumes and publications, and select items from archival collections.
Explore the University of Minnesota Libraries catalog for information about rare and special books, periodicals, and other publications held by the Children's Literature Research Collections.

The Blue Ox Review

Check out the curator's latest reviews and blog posts!