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Rick Chrustowski Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2027

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written and illustrative production materials, including typescripts, sketches, two final watercolor illustrations, and correspondence for the picture book Bright Beetle, written and illustrated by Chrustowski. The collection also contains one mixed-media collage created for the picture book Higgledy-Piggledy Chicks, writted by Barbara Joosse, and several miscellaneous sketches created during a Kerlan professional day, as well as an illustration of crocuses.


  • 1998-circa 2010


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

Rick Chrustowski grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, and earned his BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1992. He developed an interest in art at an early age, which, combined with his love of the outdoors, has led to his career as an illustrator of children’s books, primarily centered on nature. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Biographical Sources: "Rick Christowski." Something About the Author. Vol. 381. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2022.


.45 Cubic Feet (1 flat box and 1 flat portfolio)

Language of Materials



The Rick Chrustowski Papers contain both written and illustrative production materials related to works created by Rick Chrustowski.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title with miscellaneous art at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rick Chrustowski.

Rick Chrustowski Papers, 1998-circa 2010
Jim Eyer
2007, 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • May 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