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Bernard Waber Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1461

Scope and Contents

The collection contains an ink and wash illustration, text dummy, and galley proof for the picture book Ira Sleeps Over, published by Waber in 1972.


  • circa 1972


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 Bernard Waber was born on September 21, 1924 in Philadelphia, PA. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of Art from 1946-1950 and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1950-1951. He married Ethel Berstein in 1952 and had four children. In addition to his work as a children's author and illustrator, Waber began his artistic career as a commercial artist for Conde Nast Publications and Seventeen, and has also been a graphic designer and served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945 achieving the rank of staff sergeant. Waber died in 2013.

Biographical Source:

"Bernard Waber (1924-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 95. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1998.


1 folder

Language of Materials



Contains an illustration and related material for the children's book Ira Sleeps Over, by Bernard Waber.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bernard Waber.

Bernard Waber Papers, circa 1972
Karen Spilman
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Revision Statements

  • August 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library