Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

Online Exhibits

Due to the unique nature of our collection, the materials housed in our department must traditionally be viewed on-site. However, online exhibits allow us to offer CLRC resources and expertise to researchers, students, and teachers around the world.


Little Red Riding Hood: A Comparative Folk Tale Study

Explore the engaging world of folklore with this digital exhibit, which examines the multifaceted angles of study for a well-known, but ever-changing text.

Online Exhibit


Children's Book Art: Techniques and Media

Children's Book Art: Techniques and Media is an educational exhibit that takes you through the various media used by some of the country's most talented artists. From collage to watercolor to scratchboard, dive in to learn more!

Online exhibit


The Making of Picture Book Illustrations: What is Preseparated Art?

Did you know that it once took four pieces of artwork to create a full color picture? The following exhibit will introduce the reader to the history of children's book illustration, specifically the influence of a labor-intensive and now-obsolete process knows as preseparation. 

Online exhibit


Balloons Over Broadway, Melissa Sweet, and the Engineering of a Children's Book

Learn about the process of picture book creation, with this exhibit that takes visitors through the researching, writing, and illustrating of Melissa Sweet's award-winning non-fiction picture book Balloons Over Broadway.

Online exhibit


Rejoice the Legacy! Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

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


A limited amount of CLRC materials have been scanned and made available to the public on the University of Minnesota's UMedia Archive. Browse our collection materials on their website.

Teaching Portfolios

The Children's Literature Resource Collections is an ideal resource for teachers of all levels to help their students more deeply understand literature, history, illustration, and the writing process of professional authors. While we no longer loan out physical teaching portfolios, we are in the process of creating digital portfolios and lesson plans for some of the authors and works we hold in our collection.

Currently, we have the following lesson plans available online:

Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo


Additional Resources

Grief in Picturebooks: an Evaluative Rubric, by Lisa Von Drasek, University of Minnesota Libraries, 2015

Click here to see the article from Children and Libraries