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Adam Rex papers

Identifier: CLRC-2134

Scope and Contents

The collection materials relate to five publications illustrated by Adam Rex, including The True Meaning of Smekday, his first novel, published in 2007. Materials include corrected typescripts, artist's dummy, drawings, and artifacts including a toy whale and a clay figurine of a head.


  • Creation: circa 2003- circa 2013


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

Adam Rex was born in 1973 in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, receiving his BFA from the University of Arizona. The first children's book he illustrated, The Dirty Cowboy, was published in 2003. His first novel, The True Meaning of Smekday, was published in 2007, with DreamWorks Animation optioning the rights and adapting it into an animated feature film. Rex lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife Marie. For more information, check his website at


.81 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of original art and manuscript materials related to five titles illustrated by Adam Rex.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Adam Rex.

Adam Rex , circa 2003-circa 2013
Kate Dietrick
December 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • February 13, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Kate Dietrick, EAD updated by Teresa Tjepkes.
  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library