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Howard Cook Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1230

Scope and Contents

The collection contains original illustrations and studies for one children's book written and illustrated by Cook, Sammi's Army, as well as three additional prints (one etching titled "Merry Go Round" and two lithograph prints, one titled "Exodus) inscribed to Dr. Irvin Kerlan.

miscellaneous original art including etchings, lithographs, jacket illustrations, ink illustrations, and ink and watercolor studies.


  • 1931 - 1949


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

Artist and prinmaker Howard Norton Cook was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1901. He studied at the Art Students League in the early 1920s, and traveled widely, including to Paris where he learned lithography. After settling in New York for a period, he then moved to New Mexico in 1939 where he began mural painting. He worked in a variety of mediums, including oil, pastel, and watercolors. He was eventually diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and he died in New Mexico in 1980.

Biographical source:

"Howard Cook." Artists. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Accessed April 2023.


39 items

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The Howard Cook papers contain original illustrations for one children's book, as well as three additional unrelated prints.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who in turn donated them to the University of Minnesota.

Howard Cook Papers, 1931-1949
Leslie Czechowski
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Revision Statements

  • April 2023: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library