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Lynd Ward Papers

Identifier: CLRC-79

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for twenty titles published between 1930 and 1976. It includes illustrations done in tempera, ink, watercolor, some with separations, studies, sketches, dummies, proofs, including some progressive proofs, and lithographic prints, with some reproduced. For the title The Cat Who Went to Heaventhere is production material for three different editions, and for The Biggest Bear, there is copy of the book bound in bearskin inscribed by Lynd Ward for Irvin Kerlan. There is also a small amount of correspondence both to and from Mr. Ward, May Yonge McNeer, and their daughter Nanda Ward, to and from Vera D. Petersen, illustrations for American Junior Red Cross News, some miscellaneous artwork done by Lynd Ward including a self-portrait done in 1930, some artwork done for the A.C.E.I. Project in the Arts (1965), and a copy of PM magazine's issue devoted to Mr. Ward, a print "Boy and Birds," inscribed for Irvin Kerlan, a three page autobiographical note, and a two page note on the writing of The Biggest Bear.


  • 1930-1976


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Access and Use:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Biographical Sketch

Lynd Kendall Ward was born June 26, 1905, in Chicago, Illinois. He was educated at Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York and received his B.S. in 1926, and later studied art in Leipzig, Germany. He married May Yonge McNeer, the children's author and his frequent collaborator, and had two children. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Lynd Ward was well-known as a graphic artist and illustrator, illustrating his own works and others for adults and children. Lynd Ward began illustrating children's books in the 1920s. He was awarded a Caldecott Honor for America's Ethan Allenin 1950, and in 1953 won the Caldecott for The Biggest Bear, a story that drew on his love of nature and the outdoors and summers spent as a child in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Ward also illustrated the Newbery Award winner The Cat Who Went to Heaven, originally published in 1930, and did additional illustrations for subsequent editions, as well as illustrating other Newbery award and honor books, including Johnny Tremain. Lynd Ward was known for his woodcuts, but he worked in a variety of media, including ink, tempera, and watercolor. Lynd Ward died June 28, 1985, in Reston, Virginia.


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The collection includes illustrations in a variety of media, studies, sketches, dummies, prints, proofs, reproduced lithographs and an autobiographical note for twenty titles.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

Part of this collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. Additional material was given by Mr. Ward during the 1960s and 1970s.

Gift of: Ward, Lynd
Lynd Ward Papers
Christina Cowan
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library