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Ralph Ray Jr. Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1276

Scope and Contents

The Ralph Ray Jr Collection contains illustrations for nineteen children's books published between 1945 and 1951, including ink, pencil, and scratchboard illustrations and a jacket tempera study.


  • circa 1945-circa 1951


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

Artist Ralph Ray, Jr. was born in North Carolina in 1920 and graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 1939, and studied art at Ringling Art School in Sarasota, Florida and at the Grand Central Art School in New York, New York. An illustrator, commercial artist, and portrait and lanscape artist, Ray is best known for his artwork of birds. Ray began publishing books for children in the mid-1940s, and illustrated numerous works before his death in 1952 at age 32.

Biographical source:

Beagle, Donald. "Ralph Ray Jr. (1920-1952)." North Carolina History Project. Accessed January 2022.


1 box

Language of Materials



The Ralph Ray Jr. papers contains illustrative material for children's books illustrated by Ray.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials were given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan beginning in 1949, who in turn donated them to the University of Minnesota.

Ralph Ray Jr. Papers, circa 1945-circa 1951
Sharlene Murphy
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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