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Lisl Weil Papers

Identifier: CLRC-90

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for seventy four titles published between 1956 and 1991, as well as production material for sixteen titles not verified as published, The Swap Store, plus miscellaneous art. The collection contains typescripts, galley proofs, some correspondence, book jackets, and illustrations done in a variety of media including ink, felt pen, ink and watercolor and some with separations, studies and sketches done in a variety of media, dummies, layouts and proofs.


  • 1956-1991


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Biographical Sketch

Lisl Weil was born in Vienna, Austria. She attended school there, learning to draw as a child and also gained a love of music that would appear in some of her books. She worked as an illustrator for various European periodicals before coming to the United States in 1939, where during the 1940s she continued to work as an artist and illustrator. In 1946, Lisl Weil illustrated her first children's books, Doll House by Marion Moss and her own retelling of Jacoble Tells the Truth. Throughout her long career, Lisl Weil has illustrated dozens of children's books, many of them her own stories. Lisl Weil works in a variety of media and is perhaps best known for her ink and felt pen illustrations. Her illustrations are also noted for their sense of humor that captures a story's mood, and she has said that she "loves to make children feel happy and positive," and have them "laugh along with her." Along with her illustrations for humorous stories, Weil has also illustrated non-fiction books including a number that introduce children to a variety of subjects such as music in her book The Magic of Music, and others that invite young readers to solve picture puzzles and rebuses such as the ones found in her Owl and Other Scramblesand Mother Goose Picture Riddles. Lisl Weil has also illustrated a number of contemporary children's stories and E. W. Hildick's popular "McGurk" mysteries for young readers.


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Lisl Weil's papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production materials for seventy four titles published between 1956 and 1991, as well as material for sixteen titles not verified as published. The collection includes typescripts, galley proofs, book jackets, illustrations done in a variety of media some with separations, studies, sketches, proofs, layouts, dummies, miscellaneous art, and some correspondence.


Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title and chronologically within each title.

Physical Location

Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 30 minutes for retrieval.

Accession Information:

Part of this collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. During the 1960s-1990s, Lisl Weil added additional material to the collection.

Gift of: Weil, Lisl

Lisl Weil Papers
Christina Cowan
1996, 2009
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library