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Adam Rex papers

Identifier: CLRC-2134
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.


  • undated


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Restrictions on Access

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).


3 boxes (0.81 cubic feet)


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

Biographical Sketch

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. In 2005 Rex received the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist. His first novel, The True Meaning of Smekday, was published in 2007 to great review, 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


The collection is arranged alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Rex, Adam


Adam Rex Papers
Kate Dietrick
December 2013
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 13, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Kate Dietrick, EAD updated by Teresa Tjepkes.

Collecting Area

Part of the Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library