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Betsy and Ted Lewin Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2169

Scope and Contents

These papers consist of typescripts, proofs, illustrations, and other materials associated with books co-created by Betsy and Ted Lewin.


  • 1985 - 2015


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

Betsy (nee Reilly) Lewin was born May 12, 1937, in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. She received her Batchelor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute of Art in 1959. After graduation, Betsy designed greeting cards, as well as writing and illustrating magazine stories for children. In 1963, she married fellow author and illustrator Ted Lewin. Ted Lewin was born May 6, 1935 in Buffalo, NY (Education; Pratt Institute of Art, B.F.A., 1956.) A professional wrestler from 1952-65, his career as artist and freelance illustrator began in 1956. Their love of the outdoors led them to travel all over the world, including Uganda, which resulted in their first collaboration, 1999’s Gorilla Walk. This love of nature and love of travel – and the adventures they’ve experienced – would eventually result in seven popular and acclaimed books written together.

Source: Something About the Author. Vol 90:149-152; Vol. 119:112-117.


2 Cubic Feet (2 boxes [1 record carton and 1 flat box])

Language of Materials



These papers consist of production material related to titles co-created by Betsy and Ted Lewin.


Collection guide is arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Betsy and Ted Lewin.

Betsy and Ted Lewin Papers, 1985-2015
Christopher M True
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 5/22/2018: Added loose material to collection and reprocessed some material by Carter Lynn Thurmond.
  • June 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