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Aldren Auld Watson Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1579

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a small number of illustrations and studies, book jackets, and illustration proofs for eight books illustrated by Aldren Auld Watson.


  • Creation: circa 1940-circa 1958


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

Aldren Watson was born on May 10, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. He has been an author, illustrator, cartographer and bookbinding instructor. He has illustrated over 200 books for both children and adults and authored books for children, as well as books on bookbinding, carpentry and blacksmithing. He died in 2013.

Biographical Source:

"Aldren A(uld) Watson (1917-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 42. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1986.


1 box

Language of Materials



Collection contains illustrations, sketches, and related production material for several books illustrated by Aldren Auld Watson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who donated the collection to the University of Minnesota.

Aldren Auld Watson collection, circa 1940-circa 1958
Karen Spilman
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Revision Statements

  • February 2021: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library