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Alison Uttley Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1649
The collection contains production material, organized by title, including manuscript and illustrative material for sixty-three titles produced between 1931 and 1967. Manuscript materials include holographs, typescripts, corrected typescripts (some marked for the printer), typescript carbons and typescript corrected carbons, corrected galley proofs, corrected page proofs, publisher's dummies. Illustrative materials include pencil illustrations and artist's proofs. Other materials include holograph correspondence from a child and the author's notes for illustrators and for the printers.


  • 1931-1967


Language of Materials


Access and Use:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is 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.


2.7 Linear Feet

125 Cubic Feet (illustrative material)


Alison Uttley's papers comprise production materials for forty-one short stories, two novels, a play, eight collections of legends and stories, and eleven collections of essays, many of which are partly or wholly autobiographical or biographical. All were created between 1931 and 1967. Production materials include manuscript and illustrative material. Correspondence consists of one letter from a school child, and Uttley's suggestions for illustrators and printers.

Biographical Sketch

A prolific English author whose career spanned almost fifty years, Alison Uttley was best known for creating Little Grey Rabbit, a character who, with an assortment of friends, appeared in more than 30 books. Uttley's childhood in Derbyshire, England at the turn of the century became the basis of her stories, her fairy tales, and her books of essays and reminiscences.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 188, p. 198-202 and Contemporary Authors, vol. 53-56, p. 556-557.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

Alison Uttley gave portions of this collection to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. After Dr. Kerlan's death, Mrs. Uttley continued to donate production materials and books to the Kerlan Collection. Additional books were purchased for the collection.

Gift of: Uttley, Alison, 1884-
Alison Uttley Papers
Emilie Quast
Language of description
Description is in English

Collecting Area

Part of the Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library