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Margaret Chodos-Irvine Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2031

Scope and Content

The collection contains illustrative production materials, plus a small amount of written material, for several children's books illustrated by Chodos-Irvine. Written material includes correspondence, typescripts with notes, notes, and research material. Illustrative material includes dummies, pencil sketches, materials and pieces used for creating mixed-media relief print illustrations, and other related items. The collection also contains an original illustration print for the page 6-7 spread from Apple Pie Fourth of July.


  • 1998 - 2004


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

Margaret Chodos-Irvine grew up in Southern California. She received degrees in anthropology and in art from the University of Oregon, and then settled in Seattle, Washington. She worked as a commercial illustrator for many years before she began her career as an illustrator of children’s books. Her work has earned a Caldecott Honor in 2004, for Ella Sarah Gets Dressed.

Biographical Sources:

Margaret Chodos-Irvine website.


6.6 Cubic Feet (7 boxes )

Language of Materials



The Margaret Chodos-Irvine Papers include both written and illustrative production materials in a variety of media, for several children's books, focusing mostly on illustrative material.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The majority of the collection was donated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Original illustration print for Apple Pie 4th of July (pgs. 6-7) purchased from Chodos-Irvine. Original illustration print for Ella Sarah Gets Dressed donated by Lisa Von Drasek.


Margaret Chodos-Irvine Papers, 1998-2004
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • December 2015: Collection reprocessed by Lydia Arant, EAD updated by Lisa Calahan.
  • April 2021: New material (Apple Pie 4th of July, Buzz, and Hide and Seek) added to the collection and collection guide updated

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library