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Brock Cole Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2152

Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscript materials and original art related to seven publications, and includes typescripts, pen and pencil drawings, ink and watercolors, correspondence, notes, and color separations dating between 1975 and 1993.


  • Creation: 1975-1993, undated


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

Born May 29, 1938 in Charlotte, Michigan, Brock Cole attended Kenyon College where he received a Bachelors in English in 1960. He went on to the University of Minnesota, receiving his PhD in Philosophy in 1972. He taught philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before beginning to write and illustrate books for children. His first picture book, The King at the Door, was published in 1979; his well known first novel, The Goats, was published in 1987 to much acclaim. Some of his titles have been controversial, landing him on the ALA 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books 1990-2000. Cole currently lives with his wife in Buffalo, New York.


2.53 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuscript materials and original art related to seven published children's and young adult books by Brock Cole.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Brock Cole.

Brock Cole papers, undated, 1975-1993
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
July 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 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