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Clarence Jonk Papers

Identifier: CLRC-586

Scope and Contents

The Clarence Jonk papers contain production material for three children's books written by Clarence Jonk, including page proofs and drafts. The bulk of the collection is illustrative material for the three titles, hired out by Jonk: two are illustrated by Newell R. Minick (Old Angus the Unhappy Baker and Ma Poos and the Fabulous Whimplegoose, and one is illustrated by Hugh Berta with hand-lettering by Minick (Jimmy, a Little Pup.


  • circa 1959


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

Clarence Jonk was born July 16, 1906, near Raymond, Minnesota. He studied at the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas. He worked a variety of jobs before becoming a writer, including as a riverman, carpenter, and farmer. In 1945 he became a full time writer, and an inventor of toys and games.

Biographical Source: "Clarence Jonk (1906-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 10. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1976.


2 folders

Language of Materials



The collection contains proofs, typescripts, and original illustrations by Hugh Berta and Newell R. Minick for three titles written by Clarence Jonk.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Clarence Jonk.

Clarence Jonk Papers, circa 1959
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • July 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library