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Kate Greenaway Collection

Identifier: CLRC-946

Scope and Contents

The collection contains original watercolor illustrations, drawings, advertisements, greeting cards, and other related ephemera by illustrator Kate Greenaway.


  • circa 1880-1884


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

Kate [originally Catherine] Greenaway was born March 17, 1846, in Hoxton, London, England, and died November 6, 1901, in Frognal, Hampstead, London, England. She became famous as an illustrator of children's books, and also designed cards and created children's clothing. She was also known for creating rhyming verses to accompany many of her illustrations. She describes her own childhood as very happy, and this may be reflected in her work, which reflects the bright, cheerful side of life. In 1955 the Library Association of Great Britain established the Kate Greenaway Medal to be awarded to the artist living and publishing in Britain who has produced the most distinguished work in the illustration of children's books that year.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 100;Yesterday's Authors of Books for Children, vol. 2; Children's Literature Review, vol. 6


.5 Cubic Feet (1 flat box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains original illustrations, ephemera, and advertisements by English illustrator Kate Greenaway.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title, with miscellaneous original artwork and ephemera at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Irvin Kerlan.

Kate Greenaway Collection, 1880-1884
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • July 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library