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Valenti Angelo Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1120

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material, with an emphasis on illustrative material, for fourteen titles published between 1936-1963. Production materials include a holograph, corrected typescripts, ink illustrations, tempera illustrations, colored illustrations, a lithograph illustration, paste ups, ink illustrations for end papers and jackets, tempera and tempera and ink studies for jackets. There is also some miscellaneous artwork. The materials are arranged by title with box level control.


  • 1936-1963


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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

Valenti Angelo was born June 23, 1897 in Massarosa, Tuscany, Italy and came to the United States in 1905. He attended school in Italy and California and began illustrating books in 1926. During the 1930s, he illustrated a number of children's books including Ruth Sawyer's Newbery Award winner, Roller Skates(1936). In 1938, Valenti Angelo wrote and illustrated his first book, Nino, a heart-warming story that told of a young Italian boy. Critics cited the author's detailed knowledge and affectionate portrayal of country life in both words and pictures. Ninowas a Newbery Honor book in 1939. Throughout his career, critics have noted "two consistent themes" in his work: love of Italy and America. His works have been widely praised for their depiction of "ordinary folks" and his belief in the "dignity of human life and the ideals of brotherhood and democracy." These themes can be seen in one of his best-known works, The Bells of Bleeker Street(1949), set in New York City's Little Italy neighborhood. Valenti Angelo continued to write children's books for the next three decades, creating mostly realistic stories but his works of fantasy shared his same basic beliefs and detailed illustrations. Valenti Angelo died on September 3, 1982.


0.4 Cubic Feet


Valenti Angelo's papers focus on his work as an illustrator and author of children's books. This collection includes manuscripts and/or illustrative material for fourteen titles published between 1936-1963, including one book for adults, and some miscellaneous art work.


Acorn Tree, The, 1958

Bells of Bleeker Street, The, 1949

Big Little Island, 1955

Hill of Little Miracles, 1942

Honey Boat, The, 1959

Japanese Fairy Tales, 1936

King John, 1958

Long Christmas, The, 1941

Look Out Yonder, 1943

Merry Marcos, The, 1963

Miscellaneous art,

Nino, 1938

Paradise Valley, 1940

Roller Skates, 1936

Rooster Club, The, 1944

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. From 1967 through the 1970s, Valenti Angelo donated additional material.

Gift of: Angelo, Valenti
Valenti Angelo Collection
Christina Cowan and Sharlene Murphy
11/1998, 10/07/2004
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library