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Eric Carle Papers

Identifier: CLRC-725

Scope and Contents

The collection contains illustrations and studies for several picture books illustrated by Carle in the 1970s, including the series, My Very First Library. The collection also contains one set of oversize publishing proofs for Why Noah Chose the Dove.


  • Creation: 1971 - 1974


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

Author and illustrator Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, NY in 1929. He worked as a graphic designer and art director before becoming a freelance writer, illustrator, and designer in 1963. He received numerous awards for his picture books including the perennially popular, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Carle died in 2021.


4 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 1 flat portfolio)

Language of Materials



Contains proofs, illustrations, and studies for picture books by Eric Carle.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Eric Carle.

Eric Carle Papers, 1971-1974
Leslie Czechowski
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Revision Statements

  • December 2015: Collection reprocessed by Lydia Arant, EAD updated by Lisa Calahan
  • May 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library