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Spring 2000


The Elmer L. Andersen Library

Time and Again: Our Collective Heritage and Our Common Future.
The Grand Opening of the Elmer L. Andersen Library will kick off on Friday April 7th with a sneak preview for the University Community. An open house for the public will be held on Sunday April 9th.

Located on the West Bank of the Mississippi River (at the West end of the Washington Avenue Bridge), this new facility houses eight special collections and archival units, the headquarters of the MINITEX Library Information Network, and the Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC). Constructed in 1998 and 1999, this building provides "state of the art" archival and special collections storage space, with the capacity for long-term growth.

Elmer L. Andersen and his wife, Eleanor, have been benefactors to the university libraries for many years. Their gifts include collections of rare books and other scholarly documents, now worth millions of dollars. The most recent of these gifts-in-kind was their personal library of some 12,500 volumes, which they donated in March, 1999. The Andersens also purchased 3 illustrations from an on-line auction for the Kerlan Collection, in fall of 1999.

An opening exhibit, featuring a timeline and extraordinary items from all eight special collections and archival units, will be available for viewing in the main entranceway of Andersen Library. The exhibit will run through December, 2000, with timely rotations of objects.

Curators from the archives and special collections along with members of the MINITEX and facilities staff will be available at all the events for questions. Guests are also invited to tour the caverns.

The new address for the Children's Literature Research Collections is: Room 113, 222-21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

For more information about the open house celebration on April 9, 2000, call 612-624-4576.

Schedule of Events
Sneak Preview for the University Community
Friday, April 7, 2000
3-6 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.

Open House for the General Public
Sunday, April 9, 2000
1:30-5:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.

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From The Curator

We've Arrived!

With joy and anticipation, we've moved into the new Elmer L. Andersen Library, along with Charles Babbage Institute for Computer History, Immigration History Research Center, James Ford Bell Library, Manuscripts Division, Social Welfare History Archives, Special Collections and Rare Books, University of Minnesota Archives, and YMCA Archives. The building is beautiful, practical, and collegial; this living monument is an appropriate tribute to the businessman, regent, governor, newspaper publisher, and bookman for whom it is named.

Situated on the west bank of the Mississippi River bluffs, the library has a red brick exterior, with an interior of stone and wood. Entering from the plaza level, one can look up through the atrium and curved staircase to the second and third floors. To the right are three conference rooms, which can be combined into one lecture hall. Directly across the foyer and exhibit area is the Children's Literature Research Collections suite, home of the Kerlan and Hess Collections. Staff and visitors enjoy the sunlit views of the Mississippi River valley from spacious windows.

The impressive opening exhibition in the lobby will have a timeline with images from the history of children's literature, along with reproductions from other collections. Cases in the central area, as well as in the CLRC suite, will showcase treasures from the collections.

The building is solid in conception and design, with state of the art preservation methods in place. Elevators for public and staff serve their designated purposes. Books, manuscripts, art and other materials are now stored in the caverns, remote from daylight and with ideal temperature and relative humidity. Materials remain in this optimum environment until requested by a researcher or exhibitor.

Units share space and inter-relate in this new environment. Researchers from CLRC and Special Collections and Rare Books, including the Sherlock Holmes and Archie Givens, Jr. Collections, will mingle in the first floor reading room. Lorenz Graham's South Town manuscript is in Kerlan, while the book is in the Archie Givens Jr. Collection. Carol Ryrie Brink's manuscripts for adult books such as Buffalo Coat reside in the Manuscript Collections; Caddie Woodlawn and others reside in the Kerlan. Four decades before she became a Caldecott Award winning illustrator, Marie Hall Ets recorded the memoirs of an Italian immigrant, Rosa, a staff member at the Commons, a settlement house in Chicago; the Immigration History Research Collections (IHRC) holds that manuscript; the Kerlan holds the art for her children's books.

Governor Andersen's 90th year brings to him, and a lasting tribute to us, the combination of his vision of preserving heritage in this library building with its beauty, its function, and its fellowship.

--Karen Nelson Hoyle, Curator

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2000 Kerlan Award

On Saturday, May 20th, author Patricia Lauber, and Irvin Kerlan, MD (deceased), will be honored as the recipients of the 2000 Kerlan Award. The award is presented annually "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature."

Patricia Lauber will be the keynote speaker and Dr. Irvin Kerlan will be honored, posthumously, for his pioneering and generous spirit in establishing the Kerlan Collection.

The Kerlan Collection has original manuscripts for seventy-eight of Patricia Lauber's titles including Magic Up Your Sleeve (Teen Age Book Club, 1954), Clarence, The TV Dog (Coward-McCann, 1955) and Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens (Bradbury Press, 1986).

The Kerlan Collection began with Dr. Kerlan's efforts in the 1940's. In 1949, Dr. Kerlan arranged for his personal collection of manuscripts and illustrations for children's books to be given a permanent home at the University of Minnesota Library in Minneapolis. The Kerlan Collection now houses over 75,000 children's books, along with original manuscripts and illustrations for over 9,000 titles

The Kerlan Award event will begin at 11 A.M. at the Holiday Inn Metrodome, 1500 Washington Avenue South, Cedar and Washington Avenues at 7 Corners, on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus. A parking ramp is located next door to the hotel. The Red Balloon Bookshop will sell books before and after the luncheon and book signing.

This Kerlan Friends event is supported in part by publishers, University of Minnesota departments, and the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

To attend please use the

  • Kerlan Award Reservation Form. For further information, please call (612) 624-4576.


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    Kerlan Friends

    Kerlan Friends are Needed...
    To act as advocates for the Kerlan Collection by encouraging appreciation for and sustaining this rare and unique resource by...

    Supporting the creation of projects featuring Kerlan holdings, such as traveling author and illustrator portfolios for classroom use.

    Helping to acquire additional books and original materials for Kerlan research and exhibitions.

    Sponsoring an annual award for an outstanding research paper prepared by a college student using original resources from the Kerlan Collection.

    Contributing and encouraging Kerlan gifts, endowments, and bequests.

    Promoting other children's book-related events, such as museum displays and book readings.

    Sponsoring the annual Kerlan Award, given "in recognition of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection."

    As a Kerlan Friend, you will...
    Receive a quarterly newsletter.

    Be invited to all Kerlan events including the annual Kerlan Award luncheon and summer events.

    Have the opportunity to participate in interesting volunteer work, such as assisting with document preservation, engaging in reference and research projects, writing newsletter articles, mounting exhibits for special occasions and locations, and hosting events and special guests.

    I/we wish to join the Kerlan Friends.
    _____ Kerlan Friend ($25)
    _____ Kerlan Collector ($100)
    _____ Special Patron ($1000)
    _____ Kerlan Student full-time ($10)
    _____ Gift Membership(s) ($25 & up) for:

    Please send information to: Becoming a Kerlan Friend, 113 Andersen Library, 222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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    Coming Events

    March 26: Midwest Bookhunters Spring Book Fair will take place from 10am 'til 5pm in the Joseph J. Gentile Center at Loyola University, 6525 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago. Seventy-five booksellers will offer antiquarian, rare, collectible and used books in all fields. New this year will be dealers with historical, literary and musical autographs.

    For more information, call 773-989-2200 or e-mail for more details about the book fair or for general information about the organization. Or please visit our web site at:

    April 19: Award-winning author, Jane Yolen, speaks at the Andersen Library Conference room at 4:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

    May 4-7: The Festival of Nations at the St. Paul Rivercenter. This year's theme is ""Indulge in a Feast of Traditions." Storyteller Tololwa M. Mollel, a Maasai born in Tanzania, will perform. He is an author of several books for children, and an East African master storyteller, actor and playwright.
    For more information, contact Festival of Nations, 1694 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108; phone: 651-647-0191; FAX: 651-647-9268 Website:

    May 12: Prof. Evgenios Trivizas, a criminologist at the University of Reading, U.K., and author of over one hundred Greek children¹s books (some of which have been translated into English), will be the keynote speaker at the 23d Annual Celebration of Modern Greek Letters, to be held on Friday, 12 May 2000.

    Prof. Trivizas will examine children¹s literature and its impact on society.

    The Children's Literature Research Collections will be a cosponsor of this event. For information about location and time, please contact Modern Greek Studies at the University of Minnesota, at (612) 624-4526.

    June 20: Chase Lecture; Lee Bennett Hopkins, author, teacher, and anthologist, will be speaking at 2:30 P.M. in Andersen Library Room 120. He will speak about the current state of poetry for children and future directions. Books will be sold prior to the event beginning at 2 p.m.

    July 12: Award-winning author & illustrator, Ashley Bryan, will speak at the Kerlan Collection in Andersen Library. An autographing session will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of the Red Balloon Bookshop.
    For more information call 612-624-4576.

    July 12-14: In Celebration of Children's Literature in Gorham, Maine. Join our 19th summer of celebrating children's literature. This institute explores the realm of children's books and ways to share literature with children. It is designed for teachers, librarians, consultants, curriculum directors, media specialists, principals, and parents. It is for people who care about joining children and books.

    This summer's featured faculty includes Elizabeth Winthrop, Paul Zelinsky, J. Patrick Lewis, Rona Leventhal, Amy MacDonald, Marguerite Davol, Jennifer Jacobson, and Brian Daly. For more information call: 207-780-5326. E-mail: Or write: In Celebration of Children's Literature. University of Southern Maine. 305 Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME 04038. Webpage:

    July 20: Tololwa M. Mollel. Tololwa M. Mollel describes a market scene in his homeland Tanzania in a recent attractive picture book, My Rows and Piles of Coins.

    July 18-28: A summer course in England: "Literary Landscapes: British children's Literature in the Twentieth Century." Meet authors Raymond Briggs, Philippa Pearce, Gillian Avery, Jan Ormerod, and Philip Pullman. Trace Alice's journey in Oxford. Learn about school libraries in Britain. And visit Lucy Boston's Green Knowe House. Minnesota State University, Mankato's English Department and Extended Campus presents a Graduate Course in children's and Young Adult Literature, "English 661," conducted in England. Cost is $2000. For more information please contact the English Department at (507) 389-2117.

    October 17: Book Week banquet; Author Jane Kurtz, will be the speaker.

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    The Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship
    The Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation will provide $1500 to a "talented writer and/or illustrator of children's books who wishes to use the Kerlan Collection for the furtherance of his or her artistic development." Special consideration will be given to someone who would find it difficult to finance a visit to the Kerlan Collection.

    The Ezra Jack Keats Fellowship recipient will receive transportation cost and a per diem allotment. Applications for 2000 must be received by May 1, 2000. For application materials, please send a self- addressed, stamped envelope to:
    Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Collection
    Memorial Fellowship
    113 Andersen Library
    222 21st Avenue South
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    The Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize in Children's Literature.
    The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation announced that it is seeking entries for the third biennial Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize in children's Literature. The Prize program offers a $5000 award to the author whose children's fantasy novel is judged to be the best published in the English language over a two-year period. The Prize for 1999-2000 will be awarded in early 2001.

    The deadline for entries in the 1999-2000 Award is November 1, 2000. Send four copies of each book being submitted along with a $25 application fee for each title to: The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, 2150 Third Avenue North, Suite 310, Anoka, MN 55303-2200.

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    Recent Visitors

    In late November, Kate Copeland from Macalester College's Art Department came to the Kerlan Collection to work on a paper about Elizabeth Olds.

    Marissa Johnson, a University of Minnesota graduate student in Deaf Education, researched Tomie de Paola for a school paper.

    Kenneth Mitchell, a University of Minnesota graduate student, researched D'Aulaire lithographs for an exhibit prospectus in an art history course.

    Lee Secrest, a researcher from Decatur, Georgia, came to the Kerlan Collection to study Walter R. Brooks' bibliography and Kurt Wiese original illustrations.

    In October Zilpha Snyder, author of many books housed in the Kerlan Collection, signed her books and looked at her manuscripts.

    Sarah Wadsworth, a University of Minnesota graduate student in English, researched material for her doctoral dissertation. One chapter in her dissertation will focus on juvenile literature of Nathaniel Hawthorne and will soon be published in Nathaniel Hawthorne Review.

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    Kerlan Friends Board

    Bette Peltola

    Karen M. Bihrle

    Past President:
    Rebecca Rapport

    Financial Secretary:
    Walter Peik

    Gwen Willems

    Board Members:
    Ruth Berman
    Christine Dyrud
    Sheila Fitzgerald
    Norma Gaffron
    Julie Jensen
    Maythee Kantar
    Grace Kurtz
    Phyllis Mattill
    Dianne Monson
    Elizabeth Petersen
    Diana Swanson
    Anne Weber
    Katharine Weiblen
    Karen Nelson Hoyle, ex-officio

    Development Chair:
    Grace Kurtz

    Education/Outreach Chairs:
    Norma Gaffron
    Sheila Fitzgerald

    Kerlan Award Chair:
    Diane Monson
    Patricia Hemmis, ex-officio

    Marketing Chair:
    Christine Dyrud

    Membership Chair:
    Karen M. Bihrle

    Helen George
    Marilyn Hobbs
    Sally Kaiser

    The Friends of the Kerlan Collection act as advocates for the Collection by encouraging use of and by financially supporting this rare and unique resource.

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    CLRC Research

    Anne Lundin. "Sensational Designs: the Cultural Work of Kate Greenaway," Literature and the Child: Romantic Continuations, Postmodern Contestations. University of Iowa, 1999. Edited by James Holt McGavran.

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    Donors to Andersen Library

    The following is a list of people who were not mentioned in our last newsletter. These people and organizations donated money to help fund the Elmer L. Andersen Library. More donations are welcome, please send donations to: University Foundation, The Kerlan Friends, CLRC, and the University Libraries would like to thank the following people:

    Carol Erdahl, Harcourt Brace Trade, Helen George, and Cassie Cramer for West Group.

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    Andersen Library Opening Exhibit, featuring a time-line and exhibit material from the eight special collections and archival units, will be available for viewing in the main entranceway of Andersen Library. The exhibit will run from April 7th through December, 2000.

    Kijo Picture Book Village in Japan will have an exhibit of Wanda Gág drawings starting in April running through June, 2000. The items on display were borrowed for its duration from the Kerlan Collection.

    "100 Years of American Picture Books" another traveling exhibit in Japan concluded with Daimaru Museum, Kyoto. Daimaru Museum in Kyoto, Japan was the final site in February. An average of one thousand people have attended each day. Some art was on display were borrowed from the Kerlan Collection.

    Hubbs Lecture exhibit. Russell Freedman manuscripts from the Kerlan Collection enhanced an exhibit at the University of St. Thomas for its Hubbs Lecture on February 26.

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    In Memoriam

    Leonard Weisgard died in Denmark, where he moved his family during the Vietnam war years. He donated art for seventeen titles, including several written by Margaret Wise Brown, such as the 1947 Caldecott Award The Little Island, Night and Day, and Red Light, Green Light. He both wrote and illustrated Down Huckleberry Hill, and Pelican Here, Pelican There, in the Kerlan Collection. He also designed the original Kerlan Collection bookplate.

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    Recent Acquisitions

    MS-manuscripts, IL-illustrations; Published titles are indicated by italics. These materials have been donated by the authors and/or illustrators, or their families. Titles for which additional materials have arrived are not listed if already reported in The Kerlan Collection: Manuscripts and Illustrations (1985) or in previous newsletters.

    John Bellairs: MS The Chessman of Doom; The Curse of the Blue Figurine; The Dark Secret of Weatherend; The Mansion in the Midst; The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt; The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost; The Secret of the Underground Room; The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull; The Trolley to Yesterday; correspondence and photographs

    David Christiana: MS & IL Drawer in a Drawer; The First Snow

    Nancy Larrick Crosby: MS letters from Myra Cohn Livingston to Nancy Larrick

    Gioia Fiammenghi: IL Once Upon A Time

    Paul Galdone: IL King of Cats: A Ghost Story; The Lady Who Saw the Good Side of Everything; The Three Little Pigs; The Three Sillies

    Nancy Garden: MS Holly's Secret; The Year They Burned the Books

    Jean Craighead George: MS Frightful's Mountain

    Jane Kurtz: MS Faraway Home; I'm Sorry, Almira Ann; The Storyteller's Beads

    Betty Levin: MS Look Back, Moss: A Novel

    Myra Cohn Livingston: MS & IL Flights of Fancy and Other Poems; O' Sliver of Liver

    Katherine Paterson: MS Preacher's Boy; The Wide-Awake Princess

    Glen Rounds: MS Charlie Drives the Stage

    Joe Servello: IL The Baltimore Plot, Cricket Magazine

    Zilpha Keatley Snyder: MS The Runaways

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    Want list

    The Kerlan want list includes book titles that CLRC needs either to match a manuscript or an illustration or to fill a gap in the book collections. All books should be first printing hardcover in excellent condition; dust jackets preferred. This list will be continued in future newsletters. Please contact the Kerlan for more information about any donations, at 612-624-4576.

    Aylesworth, Jim
    The completed hickory dickory dock, illustrated by Eileen Christelow. New York: Atheneum, 1990.

    Block, Francesca Lia
    Weetzie bat, New York: Harper Collins, 1989.

    Brothers Grimm
    Hansel and Gretel, illustrated by Paul Galdone. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1982.

    Conly, Jane Leslie
    RT, Margaret, and the rats of NIMH, illustrated by Leonard Lubin. New York : Harper & Row, 1990.

    Delton, Judy
    My mom made me go to school. New York: Bantam, 1991.
    My Uncle Nikos. New York: Crowell, 1983. Portfolio of horses. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1952.
    McBroom and the great race, illustrated by Walter Lorraine. Boston : Little, Brown, 1980.

    Gage, Wilson
    Miss Osborne-the-mop, illustrated by Paul Galdone. Cleveland, World Pub. Co., 1963.

    Galdone, Paul
    Three Aesop fox fables, illustrated by Paul Galdone. New York: Seabury Press, 1971.

    Giff, Patricia Reilly
    Rat teeth. New York: Dell Publishing, 1984.

    Haskell, Helen Eggleston
    Katrinka grows up, illustrated by Ilse Bischoff. New York: E.P. Dutton & company, inc., 1932.

    Henry, Marguerite
    Little-or-nothing from Nottingham ..., illustrated by Wesley Dennis. New York: Whittlesey House, 1949.
    Robert Fulton, boy craftsman, illustrated by Robert Patterson. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1962.

    Hesse, Karen
    Letters from Rifka. New York : H. Holt, 1992.
    Poppy's chair, illustrated by Kay Life. New York : Macmillan; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan, 1993.
    Wish on a unicorn. New York : H. Holt, 1991.

    Ho, Minfong
    Sing to the dawn: the musical. Singapore: Times Books International, 1996.

    Hurwitz, Johanna
    Helen Keller : courage in the dark, illustrated by Neverne Covington. New York : Random House, 1997.

    Jacobs, Joseph
    King of cats: a ghost story, illustrated by Paul Galdone. New York: Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Books, 1980.

    Lauber, Patricia
    Fur, feathers, and flippers: how animals live where they do. New York: Scholastic, 1994.
    Home at last: a young cats tale, illustrated by Mary Chalmers. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1980.
    Tapping earth's heat, illustrated by Edward Malsberg. New York: Garrard Pub. Co., 1978.
    This restless earth, illustrated by John Polgreen. New York: Random House, 1970.
    Valiant Scots, illustrated by Donald Pitcher. New York: Coward, 1957.

    Levin, Marcia
    Sonny the bunny, illustrated by Art Seiden. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1953.

    McClung, Robert
    Animals that build their homes. National Geographic Society, 1976.
    How animals hide. National Geographic Society, 1973.
    Old bet and the start of the American circus. New York: Morrow, 1993.
    Treasures in the sea. National Geographic Society, 1972.

    Mills, Claudia
    Gus and grandpa, illustrated by Catherine Stock. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.

    Nichols, Joan Kane
    The capture (from the "Little Misty" Series). New York: Checkerboard Press, 1987.
    Ponies for sale (from the "Little Misty" Series). New York: Checkerboard Press, 1987.
    The whirlpool (from the "Little Misty" Series). New York: Checkerboard Press, 1987.

    Phillips, Louis
    Haunted house jokes, illustrated by James Marshall. New York: Viking Kestrel, 1987.

    Sachar, Louis
    There's a boy in the girl's bathroom. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1987.

    Smith, Adam
    Bascombe, the fastest hound alive, illustrated by Paul Galdone. New York: W. Morrow, 1958.

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    Jane Yolen is coming to the University of Minnesota

    Award-winning author, Jane Yolen, will be at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday, April 19th. She will speak at the Andersen Library Conference room at 4:30 p.m.

    Jane Yolen's presentation in, "Mining the Folk Lode". Jane Yolen involves her many forays into the rich mine of folk lore, discussing especially the work she's done recently on mother/daughter folk tales (in Mirror Mirror), aged heroes (for Grey Heroes) strong young women (for Not A Damsel In Distress), and updating and republishing her now classic Touch Magic.

    An autographing session will begin at 4 p.m. and will also follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase then from the Red Balloon Bookshop.

    For more information please call 612-624-4576.

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    The CLRC Kerlan Collection is an internationally recognized center of research in the field of children's literature. The Collection contains original materials, including manuscripts, artwork, galleys, and color proofs for more than 9,000 children's books. These materials represent eight decades of American children's books and selected books published in other countries. The Collection also includes more than 75,000 children's books.

    This Spring Newsletter is co-sponsored by Kerlan Friends, CLRC, and a Minnesota Humanities Commission grant for networking.

    Editor: Karen Nelson Hoyle
    Production Editor: Jennifer Hanson

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