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William Wiesner Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1641

Scope and Contents

The collection includes corrected typescripts, proofs, illustrations and separations, jacket studies and related material for seven children's picture books written and/or illustrated by William Wiesner.


  • circa 1951-circa 1974


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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

William Wiesner was born in Vienna, Austria in 1899. He was a practicing architect and interior designer in Austria before migrating first to France, then on to the United States in 1941. In partnership with his wife Gertrude, he worked in textile design and began executing murals (especially for the Hilton Hotels) in the United States. Beginning in 1960, William Wiesner focused most of his energies on writing and illustrating children's books. He died in 1984.

Biographical Source: "William Wiesner (1899-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 5. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971.


3 boxes


Contains written and illustrative materials for children's book written and illustrated by William Wiesner.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William Wiesner.

William Wiesner Papers, circa 1951-circa 1974
Karen Spilman
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Revision Statements

  • 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