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Portia Takakjian Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1490

Scope and Contents

The collection contains pencil, watercolor, tempera, and ink illustrations, and correspondence for children's books illustrated by Portia Takakjian.


  • Creation: 1963 - 1980


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 Sketch

Portia Takakjian was born in Los Angeles in 1930 and attended the Pratt Institute in New York before beginning her career as an illustrator. She has illustrated children's picture books as well as many textbooks and teaching aides including the Adventures in Literature series published by Harcourt Brace, and the Reading Skills Builder books published by the Reader's Digest. She has published under a variety of pseudonyms, including Portia Johnston, Portia Wiesner, and Portia Roach.

Biographical source: "Portia Takakjian (1930-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 15. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1979.


4 boxes

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Collection contains illustrative material and correspondence related to children's books illustrated by Portia Takakjian.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Portia Takakjian and her son in 1970 and 1989.

Portia Takakjian Papers, 1963-1980
Leslie Czechowski
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Revision Statements

  • September 2021: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library