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Peggy Adler Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1090

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, illustrations, sketches, dummies, proofs, correspondence, color separations, and related material for over two dozen children's books written or illustrated by Peggy Adler, including written production material for her Puzzle books, and illustrative material for nonfiction works illustrated by Adler (primarily science and mathematics). The collection also includes some material originally created by Ruth Adler (see the art for The Stars which included both Ruth's original illustrations for the 1956 edition and Peggy's art created for the revised edition), as well as one title Weather in Your Life, that was illustrated by both Ruth and Peggy Adler in collaboration.


  • 1958 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room. Digital files available to view on site.

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 and illustrator Peggy Adler was born in 1942 in New York to the Kerlan Collection's Irving and Ruth Adler. She has illustrated dozens of children's books, many written by her father and also wrote and illustrated four math puzzle books, namely The Adler Book of Puzzles, The Second Adler Book of Puzzles and Riddles, Metric Puzzles and Math Puzzles, for which her father was mathematical consultant. She has primarily worked in the genre of nonfiction, namely mathematics and history. Adler lives in Clinton, Connecticut and has written two books related to that shoreline community, one being the 2019 award winning, Images of America- CLINTON, a pictorial history of the town and the other, the 2022 biography, Pallenberg Wonder Bears – From the Beginning, a large format book about the acrobatic circus bears that once trained and resided there and the man who owned and trained them.

Biographical Source: Biography provided by Peggy Adler.


3.03 Cubic Feet (3 Boxes (2 record cartons, 1 flat box))

205 Megabytes (314 digital files)

Language of Materials



The Peggy Adler papers contains written and illustrative materials for children's books created by Peggy Adler.


Collection guide arranged into two series. Writings are arranged alphabetically by publication title.

  1. Writings and publications
  2. Other material

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Digital files are primarily JPG images with several PDF documents.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Peggy Adler.

Related Materials

See the Irving and Ruth Adler papers for related materials.

Peggy Adler Papers, 1958-2012
Sharlene Murphy
Description rules
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Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • January 2023: Collection reprocessed and new material added by Carter Thurmond; description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library