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Welcome to the Children's Literature Research Collections


The Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC), an internationally recognized resource in the field of children’s literature, contains six core collections and several smaller collections. They are the Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature, the Hess Collection of Dime Novels, Story Papers, and Series Books, the Paul Bunyan Collection, the Laura Jane Musser Collection of Oziana materials, The Borger Comic Book Collection, and the Illustrated Treasure Island Collection. The CLRC is continually expanding its holdings in historical and other areas.

All the material is accessible to anyone who needs to consult it, but use by readers is confined to the Andersen Library Reading Room (Room 219), where attendants bring requested material. To search for books, using the on-line catalog, you must use the University of Minnesota's MNCAT and pay close attention to the location of the material, as MNCAT is a catalog for the all of the University's libraries. Our location is "TC Andersen Library Children's Lit." Search archival collections (including manuscripts and illustrations) using the finding aid search box on this page.

The collections are available for the use in the Andersen Library under certain restrictions. Inquires may be made to the Children's Literature Research Collections.


To make an appointment, please email asc-clrc@umn.edu or call 612-624-4576.
We will return your message to confirm your appointment.


Reserve your tickets for the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture

Events & Announcements

Prolific author Jane Yolen will be giving the 2014 Naomi C. Chase Lecture on Children's Literature on April 17, 2014. RSVP here. For information on past speakers click here.

The 2014 Kerlan Award honorees are Linda Sue Park and Russell Freedman. Park and Freedman were honored at the Kerlan Award lunch on March 29th, 2014. Accepting for Mr. Freedman was the 2013 honoree and United State Ambassador for Children's Literature, Kate DiCamillo. For more information on the award and past winners click here.

CLRC Curator Lisa Von Drasek and Kate DiCamillo spoke to classrooms across the country in a live video conference as part of World Read Aloud Day on March 5th. Learn more about the event here.

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Rejoice the Legacy!

February 10 - May 14, 2014

Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery and Atrium

Online exhibit

Writer, editor, and publisher Andrea Davis Pinkney will deliver the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture on May 3, 2014. Pinkney is being recognized for her significant contribution to literature for younger people provided through a body of work that brings a deeper understanding of African American heritage. The exhibit mounted in conjunction with the lecture will display original manuscript pages, artist mannequins, picture book proofs, and original art and sketches selected from Pinkney's children's and young adult titles, providing insight into one writer's creative process as well as a peek into editorial practice.

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Read along with the adventures of Andersen Special Collections at Primary Sourcery.