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Ted Lewin Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1969

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of typescripts, watercolor and pencil illustrations, correspondence, and other materials related to the creation of picture books and works illustrated and/or written by Ted Lewin.


  • 1972 - 2014


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

Ted Lewin was born May 6, 1935 in Buffalo, NY. A professional wrestler fron 1952-65, his career as an artist and freelance illustrator began after he earned a BFA from the Pratt Institue of Art in 1956. With over one hundred picture book illustration credits as well as a number of self-illustrated books, the author-illustrator is considered one of the most talented in his genre. His works have earned numerous awards. His love of nature and travel has resulted in many titles associated with these subjects.

Biographical Source:

"Ted Lewin." Something About the Author. Vol. 119. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2001.


28 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains original artwork and production material for children's books created by Ted Lewin.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ted Lewin.

Related Materials

See the Betsy and Ted Lewin papers for works co-created with Betsy Lewin.

Ted Lewin Papers, 1972-2014
Christopher M. True
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • December 3, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Teresa Tjepkes, EAD updated by Teresa Tjepkes.
  • May 21, 2018: Added loose material and reprocessed some material to collection by Carter Lynn Thurmond.
  • July 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.
  • October 2022: New material added 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