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.
New Exhibit Opening
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Dr. Irvin Kerlan's first gift of children's books and artwork to the University Libraries, the Children's Literature Research Collections will exhibit over 250 objects showcasing the impact of children's literature on children's lives throughout history. Visiting curator and children's book historian Leonard Marcus has adapted his text from the exhibit of the same name created at The New York Public Library, which was viewed by a record 540,000 visitors. The exhibit will include the opportunity to delve into rare volumes of Alice in Wonderland and view rarely displayed original artwork held by the CLRC, including classic works by Clement Hurd, Wanda Gag, Gustaf Tenggren.
In addition to the exhibit, which will be open from February 11th to June 14th during regular Andersen Library hours, there will be multiple events and learning opportunities open to the public, giving the opportunity to delve further into the materials, as well as learn about the creation of the exhibit itself. Visit Events and News to learn more.