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Children's Literature Research Collections


Home of the world-famous Kerlan Collection, the Children's Literature Research Collections holds books, manuscripts, illustrations, comic books, story papers, and other materials related to the creation of historical and modern children's literature, including manuscripts and original artwork.

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Give to the Kerlan Collection Endowed Chair Fund

To ensure that the Kerlan Collection remains at the forefront of children's literature archives worldwide, please consider a gift to the Kerlan Collection Endowed Chair Fund.

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Digital and teaching resources

Unable to visit the library in person? Explore our online resources and curated digital exhibits.

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Explore the Children's Literature Research Collections

Learn more about our collections, upcoming events, and additional ways to support the work of the CLRC and the Kerlan Collection.

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Contact us

For general reference inquiries or appointment requests please contact asc-clrc@umn.edu.

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Collection guides
Use collection guides (or finding aids) that describe a collection of archival records, personal papers, or manuscripts to locate material for your research. The guide may be a brief summary or a detailed description and inventory.
Images and more
Search digitized images, maps, films and videos, audio tapes, rare volumes and publications, and select items from archival collections.
Libraries catalog
Explore the University of Minnesota Libraries catalog for information about rare and special books, periodicals, and other publications held by the Children's Literature Research Collections.

For more information on finding materials in the CLRC, including a list of archival collection guides, visit the search our collections page.

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