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.

Please note: The Archives and Special Collections reading room will be CLOSED March 12-16 so we can move into our new space.  On March 19 we will open our new reading room in the Maxine Houghton Wallin Special Collections Research Center on the ground floor of Andersen Library. Please plan your research visit accordingly.


New Online Exhibit!

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.

Red Riding Hood meets the wolf

Little Red Riding Hood, Merrimack Publishing, circa 1890s


Search the Collections:

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.
Search digitized images, maps, films and videos, audio tapes, rare volumes and publications, and select items from archival collections.
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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.

The Blue Ox Review

Check out the curator's latest reviews and blog posts!