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Ted Rand Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1239

Scope and Contents

The Ted Rand papers contains written and illustrative production material related to two dozen children's books illustrated by Rand. Material includes studies and sketches, dummies, final illustrations in a variety of mediums, typescripts, proofs, research, correspondence, and notes.


  • Creation: 1990 - 2003


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

Ted Rand was born in 1916 in Seattle, Washington. After serving as a naval aviator during World War II he briefly attended the cornish College of the arts. He worked as a graphic artist for many years, as well as creating fine art landscapes and portraits. He began illustrating children's books in the 1980s after an invitation from the author Bill Martin, Jr. to collaborate. Prior to his death, he illsutrated nearly 80 books, several written by his wife, Gloria Rand. Ted Rand died in 2005 on Mercer Island, Washington.

Biographical source:

Saxon, Wolfgang. "Ted Rand, 89, Graphic Artist Who Illustrated Children's Books, Dies." The New York Times. March 18, 2005.


2.16 Cubic Feet (7 boxes [5 flat boxes, 1 hollinger document box, and 1 half-hollinger document box])

Language of Materials



The Ted Rand papers holds items related to Rand's work as an illustrator of children's literature, including both written and illustrative production material for books published between 1992 and 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ted Rand.

Related Materials

Related materials can be found in the Gloria Rand collection.

Ted Rand Papers, 1990-2003
Sharlene Murphy
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • August 2023: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Carter Thurmond. Some description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library