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Melissa Sweet papers

Identifier: CLRC-2139

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of manuscript materials including corrected typescripts, holographs, page proofs, notes, research, correspondence, and dummies, as well as original art including drawings, watercolors, and mixed media collages for children's books illustrated and/or written by Melissa Sweet.


  • 1921-circa 2016


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

Melissa Sweet was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey; she received her Associate's degree from Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Mass. and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. She began illustrating children's books in 1986 and has currently illustrated nearly 100 publications. Her works have also been published in the New York Timesand Martha Stewart Livingmagazine. In 2008 Sweet illustrated A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williamsby Jen Bryant, which was named a Caldecott Honor Book. She wrote and illustrated Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, which won the 2012 Silbert Medal and was named an ALA Notable book. She lives with her husband and step-daughter in Maine.


7.5 Cubic Feet (18 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuscript materials and original art related to four children's book publications written and/or illustrated by Melissa Sweet.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bulk of the collection gift of Melissa Sweet.

One item, the end papers collage for Some Writer!, purchased from Eric Carle Museum (2019 Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala and Art Auction).

Melissa Sweet papers, 1921-circa 2016
Kate Dietrick
March 2014
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Revision Statements

  • November 2020: New item added and description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library