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Katy Keck Arnsteen Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1182

Scope and Contents

The Katy Keck Arnsteen papers contain illustrative production material for nineteen books published between 1986 and 1998, including dummies; pencil, ink, and watercolor illustrations; pencil storyboards; proofs, title page art; notes and correspondence. Arnsteen collaborated with Donna Guthrie of many of the nineteen titles present in the Kerlan Collection.


  • 1986 - 1998


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

Katy Keck Arnsteen was born April 14, 1934, in Kenosha, WI and attended Wayne State University, where she received her BFA; Arnsteen also enrolled in the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1956. She spent the majority of her career as an illustrator, while also working as a teacher, painter, courtroom artist and art editor.

Biographical source: "Katy Keck Arnsteen (1934-)." Something About the Author. Volume 63. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1992.


1 Linear foot (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Katy K. Arnsteen Collection contains illustrative production material for nineteen children's books published between 1986 and 1998.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Katy Keck Arnsteen.

Katy Keck Arnsteen Papers, 1986-1998
Sharlene Murphy
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Revision Statements

  • December 2015: Collection reprocessed by Lydia Arant, EAD updated by Lisa Calahan
  • February 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library