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Petra Mathers Papers

Identifier: CLRC-792

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material related to Petra Mathers's work as an illustrator of children's books, and includes correspondence, colored pencil illustrations, pencil illustrations, dummies, notes, ink and watercolor illustrations, and proofs related to five children's books.


  • 1995-circa 2002


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be 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. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Children's author and illustrator Petra Mathers was born March 25, 1945 in Todtmoos, Germany. She moved to the United States when she was 23 and worked in a children's bookstore. Her first career was as a painter, and she had gallery exhibitions on the West Coast. Her first published book, Maria Theresawon her an Ezra Jack Keats medal. In 1999 she published the first of her Lottie's World series, which features Lottie, a chicken, and her best friend, Herbie, a duck. Mathers lives in Astoria, Oregon.


.29 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains production material related to children's books illustrated by Petra Mathers.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Petra Mathers.

Petra Mathers Papers, 1995-circa 2002
Jim Eyer
May 2004
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Revision Statements

  • January 2014: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Kate Dietrick.
  • March 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library