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Fritz Siebel Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1683

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Siebel's dummy for the children's book Amelia Bedelia, as well as 40 drawings, ink on paper, for Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower, both written by Peggy Parish.


  • circa 1963-circa 1966


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

Born in 1913 in Vienna, Austria to Czechosolvakian parents, Frederick "Fritz" Siebel held dual citizenship in both countries. He attended the School of Applied Arts in Vienna studying illustration and design before immigrating to the United States in 1936. Siebel served in the United States Army during World War II, from 1941 to 1943; his family that remained in Czechosolvakia and Austria perished. Siebel worked with Paramount Pictures, illustrating posters, as well as for magazine ads and publications, including Colliers Magazineand Saturday Evening Post. In 1959 Siebel began working with Random House, illustrating children's books, including illustrating for Peggy Parish and creating the iconic Amelia Bedelia. Siebel passed away in 1991.


.4 Cubic Feet (2 boxes [1 item stored in Peggy Parish box])

Language of Materials



This collection consists of an artist's dummy and ink drawings on paper for two Amelia Bedelia books.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Fritz and Gretchen Siebel.

Related Materials

A number of titles illustrated by Fritz Siebel were written by Peggy Parish. For manuscript materials related to Amelia Bedeliaand Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower, see the Peggy Parish papers.

Fritz Siebel Papers, circa 1963-circa 1966
Jim Eyer and Kate Dietrick
February 2005 and December 2013
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Revision Statements

  • December 2013: Collection reprocessed by Kate Dietrick; EAD updated by Kate Dietrick

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library