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Hardie Gramatky Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1350

Scope and Contents

The collection includes both written and illustrative materials for ten children's books. Written materials include correspondence, typescripts, and manuscripts. Illustrative materials include illustrations, sketches, and studies in a variety of media, dummies, proofs, separations, and layouts. The collection also contains correspondence with Dr. Irvin Kerlan, and a framed reproduction.


  • Creation: circa 1939-circa 1975


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

Hardie Gramatky was born April 12, 1907, in Dallas, Texas, and died April 29, 1979 in Westport, Connecticut. He was an author and illustrator who was head animator for the Walt Disney Studio from 1930-1936. Following World War II he became a free-lance writer and illustrator. One of his best known works is Little Toot, a story about a tugboat that was made into a cartoon by Disney.

Biographical Sources:

"Hardie Gramatky (1907-1979)." Something About the Author. Vol. 30. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1983.


12.5 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains both written and illustrative production materials for children's books created by Hardie Gramatky.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Hardie Gramatky.

Hardie Gramatky Papers, circa 1939-circa 1975
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • September 2021: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library