Skip to main content

Ed Emberley Papers

Identifier: CLRC-24

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for three titles published between 1960 and 1978, and material for one title not verified as published. It consists of illustrations including silk screen and woodcuts, as well as one pencil dummy and one pencil, ink, and collage dummy.


  • 1961-1978


Language of Materials


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

Ed Emberley was born October 19, 1931 in Malden, Massachusetts. He studied at Massachusetts College of Art, earning a B.F.A., and at the Rhode Island School of Design. Emberley married Barbara Cullen, who became his frequent collaborator, and had two children. Emberley began illustrating children's books in the 1960s. He also has written a number of books, and did illustrations for pre-adolescent textbooks. In 1967, Emberley was recognized with a Caldecott Honor citation for One Wide River to Cross, written by Barbara Emberley. The following year the Emberleys won the Caldecott for Drummer Hoff. Emberley has continued to write and illustrate children's picture books, including a number of "concept" books and a series that introduce children to drawing. Emberley is noted by critics for his ability to create pictures in a wide variety of media that "illuminate" their texts, using woodcuts, pen, ink, collage, silk screen, and pencil.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author,vol 70, pp. 51-55.


0.9 Cubic Feet


Mr. Emberley's papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's picture books. The collection includes illustrations for three titles published between 1961-1978, and illustrations for one title not verified as published. There are also two dummies for one 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. Irvin Kerlan, who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. During the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Emberley donated additional material.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Ed Emberley Papers
Larry Peterson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library