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Lane Smith Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2153

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to two children's books illustrated by Lane Smith, including a dummy for The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as a rough marker sketch and an original oil painting inspired by The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (both of which were created by Smith after the book's publication).


  • Creation: circa 1989-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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

Lane Smith was born on August 25, 1959 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up in Corona, California. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Lane Smith and Jon Scieczka have teamed together to write and illustrate a number of children's books. The publication The True Story of the Three Little Pigswon the 1989 New York Times Book Review Best Books of the Year mention, the 1989 American Library Association's Notable Children's Book citation, and the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book Award. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, published in 1992, was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book, and a Rhode Island Children's Book Award.


.2 Cubic Feet (1 half hollinger box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of a dummy and original art from two children's book publications illustrated by Lane Smith.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lane Smith. Original painting was purchased with funds from the Kerlan Friends.

Related Materials

For manuscript materials of publications illustrated by Lane Smith that are written by Jon Scieczka, please refer to the finding aid for the Jon Scieczka papers.

Lane Smith papers, circa 1989-2013
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
July 2014
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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