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Feodor Rojankovsky Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1416

Scope and Contents

The collection contains various illustrative production material for several children's books published between 1931 and 1967. Items include a watercolor illustrations, sketchese, and dummies. The collection also contains a watercolor done for a cover of Story Parade magazine and some miscellaneous artwork done in a variety of media, with one item inscribed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan, as well as miscellaneous prints and calendars.


  • Creation: circa 1931-circa 1967


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

Feodor Rojankovsky was born December 24, 1891 in Mitava, Russia. He attended the Moscow Fine Arts Academy from 1912-1914, served in the Russian Army during World War I, and began illustrating children's books during the Russian Revolution. After the Revolution, he left Russia and worked in Europe, living in France for many years. In 1931, he illustrated Daniel Boone: Les Adventures d'un Chasseur Americain Parmi les Peaux-Rouges. Feodor Rojankovsky came to the United States in 1941 and began illustrating books for many children's authors. He also wrote as well as illustrated several books beginning with The Great Big Animal Bookin 1952. In 1956 he received the Caldecott Medal for Frog Went-A-Countin'. Feodor Rojankovsky died in 1970.

Biographical source:

"Feodor (Stepanovich) Rojankovsky (1891-1970)." Something About the Author. Volume 21. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1980.


.67 Cubic Feet (2 flat boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains various original illustrations and prints related to illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title with miscellenaous art and prints at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Some of the original art was given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. Feodor Rojankovsky gave an additional piece to the University of Minnesota in the 1960s.

Feodor Rojankovsky Collection, circa 1931-circa 1967
Christina Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • August 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