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Ray Cruz Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1394

Scope and Contents

The collection contains ink illustrations and some accompanying color separations for three children's picture books illustrated by Ray Cruz in the 1970s.


  • Creation: circa 1973-circa 1974


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

Ray Cruz was born in New York City in 1933 and studied at the Pratt Institute and Cooper Union. In addition to being an illustrator for children's books, he illustrated for major advertising agencies in New York. His best known work was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, written by Judith Viorst. Cruz lived in New York City and died in 1988.

Biographical source:

"Ray(mond) Cruz (1933-)." Something About the Author. Volume 6. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971.


.44 Cubic Feet (1 flat box)

Language of Materials



Collection contains illustrations for three picture books illustrated by Cruz.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ray Cruz.

Related Materials

A larger collection of Cruz's papers can by found at the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the The University of Southern Mississippi.

Ray Cruz Papers, circa 1973-circa 1974
Leslie Czechowski
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Revision Statements

  • July 2023: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library