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.

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The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter


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 be hosting The ABC of It, curated by scholar Leonard L. Marcus.

This exhibit has closed but the exhibit catalog is still available for purchase or download.


Interested in purchasing an exhibit catalog of The ABC of It?



Exhibit catalog may be purchased from the University of Minnesota Press or downloaded for free on the Libraries' Publishing Services page.




Kerlan Collection newsletter

View the latest Kerlan Collection newsletter, as well as past newsletter at the Newsletter Archive, 1998-present.

ASC Events

Learn more about other events from the Archives and Special Collections at Continuum.

The Blue Ox Review

See curator Lisa Von Drasek's newest children's book reviews at the Blue Ox Review.