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Tomi Ungerer Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1645

Scope and Contents

The collection contains ink illustsrations and studies studies, watercolors, and a tempera illustration for eight children's books created by author and artist Tomi Ungerer.


  • Creation: circa 1957-circa 1962


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

Jean Thomas Ungerer (Tomi) was born in Strasbourg, France in 1931. He studied at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs and moved to the United State in 1957. He worked as a cartoonist, painter, advertising artist, writer and illustrator of books for both children and adults. He died in 2019 in Ireland.

Biographical Source: "(Jean) Thomas Ungerer (1931-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 106. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1999.


22 items

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The collection contains ink illustrations and studies, watercolors, and a tempera illustration for eight children's books created by Tomi Ungerer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Initially acquired by Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who donated the collection to the University of Minnesota.

Tomi Ungerer Collection, circa 1957-circa 1962
Leslie Czechowski
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Revision Statements

  • September 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