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Janina Domanska Papers

Identifier: CLRC-20

Scope and Contents

Collection contains production materials for 14 titles published between 1962-78. It includes 1 typescript and galley proof for one story, and illustrations, including etchings, watercolors, aniline colors on scratchboard, ink, ink and pencil, ink and watercolor, separations, studies, pasteups, and proofs.


  • 1962-1978


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Access and Use:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is 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.

Biographical Sketch

Janina Domanska was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1913 (?) and received a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1939. She taught art in Italy from 1946-1951, and came to the United States in 1952. She worked as a textile designer for several years in New York City, and began illustrating children's books in the 1960s. Her illustrations are noted for their often abstract and geometric style as well as her use of color. Her works are done in various media including watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, and woodcuts. She has illustrated many of her own adaptations and translations of Polish and other folktales, as well as the works of other authors, with some of these stories illustrated in folk or traditional styles. In 1972 she received a Caldecott Honor Book citation for If All the Seas Were One Sea. She died in 1995.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Authorvol. 6, 68, 84;Children's Literature Reviewvol. 40; Something About the Author Autobiography Seriesvol. 18


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Collection focuses on Domanska's work as an illustrator and author of children's picture books. Collection includes production materials for 14 titles published between 1962-78. It includes illustrations and separations, proofs, layouts, a blueprint, pasteups, color samples, and a typescript and galley proof for 1 title.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of this collection was originally given to Dr. Kerlan, who in turn donated his collection to the U. of Minnesota. In the 1960s and 70s, Ms. Domanska added additional materials, with additional items bequethed to the collection after her death. A small number of materials, including several dummies and pieces of original art, were donated by editor Susan Hirschman.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Janina Domanska Papers
Jim Eyer
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Collecting Area Details

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