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Jan Spivey Gilchrist Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1220

Scope and Contents

The collection contains illustrations, sketches, and dummies for nine children's books illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.


  • circa 1991-circa 2001


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

Author, illustrator, and artist Jan Spivey Gilchrist was born February 15, 1949, in Chicago, IL. She earned BS in Art Education from Eastern Illinois University, an MA in painting from the University of Northern Iowa, an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College, and a doctoral degree in English from Madison University. She has illustrated numerous works for children, some of which she also wrote. Her illustrations for Nathaniel Talking, written by Eloise Greenfield, were awarded a Coretta Scott King Award in 1990. In addition to her works for children, Gilchrist is also a fine artist and exhibited in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical source:

"About Dr. Jan Spivey Gilchrist." Jan Spivey Gilchrist personal website. 2019.


3 boxes

Language of Materials



The collection contains illustrative material for children's books illustrated by Gilchrist.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jan Spivey Gilchrist.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist papers, circa 1991-circa 2001
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • January 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library