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Nora S. Unwin Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1648

Scope and Contents

The collection contains ink illustrations, wood engraving prints (as well as two engraved wood blocks), and ink and watercolor studies for nine books, as well as one signed print titled "Jack in the Pulpits."


  • Creation: circa 1947-circa 1964


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

Author and illustrator Nora Spicer Unwin was born in Surbiton, Surrey, England in 1907 and studied at art schools and colleges in England. She worked as a teacher in England and the United States, but most of her career has been as a professional artist and author/illustrator of children's books. She died in 1982 in Massachusetts.

Biographical Source: "Nora S. Unwin (1907-1982)." Something About the Author. Vol. 3 and 49. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971 and 1987.


.3 Cubic Feet (1 flat box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains illustrative material for books illustrated by Nora Unwin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nora Spicer Unwin.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title with Miscellaneous art at the end.

Nora S. Unwin Papers, circa 1947-circa 1964
Leslie Czechowski
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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