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Charles Ripper Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1327

Scope and Contents

The Charles Ripper Collection contains illustrative material from published books, as well as miscellaneous sketches for the Washington Book Fair (dated 10/27/1951) and a typescript for an unpublished article. Illustrative works includes ink and pencil illustrations, sketches, scratchboard illustrations, pencil studies, tempera studies, ink studies, illustration proofs, and wash drawings.


  • circa 1950-circa 1961


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 Sketch

Artist and author Charles Lewis Ripper was born in Pittsburgh, PA, October 28, 1929 to an ornamental iron worker and an art teacher. He studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and had illustrated his first book before reaching the age of twenty. sums up his feelings of the outdoors. A deeply committed to conservation and education, Ripper has used his artwork as a tool, geared toward children, in the natural sciences. By 1972, he had published eleven books with the New York based publisher, Morrow, all self-illustrated, including titles such as Bats, Hawks, Moles and Shrews, Ground Birds, Swallowsand Mosquitoes. Ripper wrote, "If any of my books or drawings will open the eyes of just one more person to the world of nature, my efforts will not be wasted." Ripper died in 2019 in Huntington, West Virginia.

Biographical sources:

"Charles L(ewis) Ripper (1929-)." Something About the Author. Volume 3. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971.


2 boxes

Language of Materials



The Charles Ripper Collection contains illustrative material for children's books illustrated by Ripper.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted by the author to Dr. Kerlan beginning in the early 1950s. Kerlan in turn gave the collection to the University of Minnesota.

Charles Ripper papers, circa 1950-circa 1961
Sharlene Murphy
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Revision Statements

  • October 2021: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library