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Dorothy Lathrop Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1373

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for five children's books published between 1919 and 1954. It includes ink illustrations, a pencil illustration, an ink and watercolor illustration signed for Dr. Kerlan, and a pencil and watercolor illustration. The collection also contains three pieces of miscellaneous artwork, all wood engravings. One of the wood engravings is a self-portrait signed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan in 1963.


  • Creation: circa 1919-1963


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

Dorothy Pulis Lathrop was born April 16, 1891 in Albany, New York. She graduated from the Teacher's College at Columbia University and studied illustration at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Students League. She taught high school for several years and in 1919 illustrated her first books, Japanese Printsby John Gould Fletcher, and Three Mulla-Mulgars, a children's book by Walter De la Mare. In 1938 she received the first Caldecott Medal for Animals of the Bibleby Helen Dean Fish. Lathrop also illustrated the 1930 Newbery Award winner Hitty, Her First Hundred Years(1929) by Rachel Field. She died on December 30, 1980 in Falls Village, CT.

Biographical Sources:

"Dorothy P(ulis) Lathrop (1891-1980)." Something About the Author. Vol. 14 and 24. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1978 and 1981.


2 boxes

Language of Materials



The collection contains illustrative material related to works illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota

Dorothy Lathrop Papers, circa 1919-1963
David Byer
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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