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Tasha Tudor Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1621

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for children's books published between 1945 and 1963. The collection includes illustrations done in a variety of media including watercolor and pencil and proofs. One pencil illustration was signed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan. The collection also contains some miscellaneous artwork consisting of pencil and pencil and watercolor studies, some pencil and watercolor illustrations done for Christmas cards, correspondence, and greeting cards.


  • Creation: circa 1945-circa 1963


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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

Tasha Tudor was born August 28, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally named Starling Burgess, she later legally changed her name to Tasha Tudor. She studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and published her first book for children, Pumpkin Moonshine During her career, Tasha Tudor illustrated many books for children, including many that she wrote along with some written by her former husband Thomas Leighton McCready and others written by their daughter Efner Tudor Holmes. Best known for her watercolors, Tasha Tudor received Caldecott honors for Mother Goose: Seventy-Seven Verses with Pictures(1944) in 1945 and 1 Is One(1956) in 1957. Tudor died in 2008.

Biographical source: "Tasha Tudor (1915-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 69. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1992.


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Language of Materials



Tasha Tudor's papers focus on her work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material and illustrations for children's books published between 1945 and 1963, as well as other artwork, including greeting cards.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

One small file of correspondence between Tudor and Peter and Leah Woloson was donated by Wendy Woloson.

One watercolor of a boy with pigeons was donated by Marcia Owen.


Tasha Tudor Collection, circa 1945-circa 1963
Christina Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • August 2020: Painting donated by Marcia L. Owen added to collection guide.
  • January 2021: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library