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Gene Holtan Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1813

Scope and Contents

The collection contains ink sketches, ink illustrations with accompanying color separations, and an illustrator's dummy for a children's book, Old Blue, You Good Dog You, illustrated by Gene Holtan.


  • Creation: circa 1970


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

Artist and illustrator Gene Holtan was born in 1930 in Saskatchewan, Canada. He studied for periods at both the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary, Alberta and the Art Center in Los Angeles. He worked for many years as an illustrator and commercial artist before focusing on fine art.He moved to Santa Cruz, California in 1974 and died in 2016.

Biographical source: "Gene Holtan." Obituary. The Santa Cruz Sentinel. December 22, 2016.


.23 Cubic Feet (1 flat box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains illustrative material for the children's picture book illustrated by Gene Holtan.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gene Holtan in 1971.

Related Materials

A collection of Gene Holtan's art is available at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

Gene Holtan papers, circa 1970
Leslie Czechowski
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Revision Statements

  • July 2023: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library