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November 30, 2015
8:30am - 4:30pm

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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 or call 612-624-4576.
We will return your message to confirm your appointment.

New Online Exhibit!
Balloons Over Broadway, Melissa Sweet, and the Engineering of a Picture Book

Learn about the process of creating a picture book! The new online exhibit will take visitors through the process of researching, writing, and illustrating Melissa Sweet's award-winning non-fiction picture book Balloons Over Broadway.

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa SweetBalloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

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Events & Announcements

Andrea Davis Pinkney presented the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture on May 3, 2014 at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Pinkney is a bestselling author of over 20 books for children and young adults. The online exhibit contains representative samples of her work, accompanied by art from the books, completed by her husband, noted illustrator Brian Pinkney.

Online exhibit

Watch Andrea Davis Pinkney's 2014 Arbuthnot Lecture

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.

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.