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Karen Gundersheimer Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1436

Scope and Contents

The collection contains original art, sketches, typescripts, dummies, and additional process materials related to children's books published by Karen Gundersheimer, either as author/illustrator, or as illustrator. In addition to these materials, the collection also contains a significant amount of art she drew as a youth, personal memorabilia, children's correspondence, various artwork and sketchbooks, a drawing from Maurice Sendak he drew her for her birthday, and miscellaneous professional papers and drafts.


  • Creation: circa 1950-2017


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

Karen Gundersheimer is an author and illustrator. She was born in 1939 and currently lives in Sarasota, Florida.


9.12 Cubic Feet (11 boxes [5 record cartons, 1 hollinger box, 5 flat boxes])

Language of Materials



The collection contains written and illustrative materials for works written and/or illustrated by Karen Gundersheimer, as well as other personal and professional materials.


The collection is arranged into two series:

1) Published works

2) Personal and professional papers

Published works are arranged alphabetically by published title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Karen Gundersheimer.

Karen Gundersheimer Papers, circa 1950-2017
Jim Eyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • December 2018: Collection reprocessed, new material added, and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library