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February 26, 2015
8:30am - 7:00pm

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Welcome to the Children's Literature Research Collections


About the CLRC

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.

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Events & Announcements

In a video that premiered at the International Federations of Library Associations (IFLA) Conference in August, curator Lisa Von Drasek speaks to Kate DiCamillo, Newbery-winning author and National Ambassador for Children's Literature, about young adults and reading. The discussion can be found 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.

Teaching Portfolios

The Children's Literature Research Collections has teaching portfolios containing images and curriculum to accompany Andrea Davis Pinkney's nonfiction picture book, Alvin Ailey, and Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal-winning Tale of Desperaux.

Access the portfolios here!


Keep an eye on this space for future portfolios.

Thanks to Kerlan Friends board members for their assistance in creating these portfolios.

Social Media

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