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Vera B. Williams Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1658-1658

Scope and Contents

The collection contains illustrations, cover proofs, sketch pads, typescripts and notes for two children's books created by Vera B. Williams.


  • Creation: 1982-1993


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

Vera Williams was born on January 28, 1927 in Hollywood, California. She earned her B.A. from Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, North Carolina, in 1949. In addition to being and author and illustrator for children, she also worked as an educator and teacher, including co-founding the Collaberg School in Stony Point, New York, an alternative school for children. Her books have been awarded the Caldecott Honor Book, Notable Book by the American Library Association and the Best Illustrated Book of the Year by the New York Times. Williams died in 2015.

Biographical Source: "Vera B. Williams (1927-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 102. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1999.


7 boxes

Language of Materials



Collection contains illustrations, cover proofs, sketch pads, typescripts and notes for two children's books.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by published title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Vera B. Williams.

Vera B. Williams Papers, 1982-1993
Karen Spilman
Description rules
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Revision Statements

  • January 2021: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library