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Valenti Angelo Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1120

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material, with an emphasis on illustrative material, for books by or illustrated by Valenti Angelo, published between 1930 and 1963. Production materials include drafts, ink illustrations, studies, prints, and related items. The collection also includes some miscellaneous prints and greeting cards. Several items were inscribed to Dr. Irvin Kerlan.


  • 1930-1964, undated


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

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 winning Roller Skates(1936). In 1938, Valenti Angelo wrote and illustrated his first book, Nino, which was awarded a Newbery Honor in 1939. Valenti Angelo continued to write children's books for the next three decades. Valenti Angelo died on September 3, 1982.


5.33 Cubic Feet (3 boxes [1 hollinger box, 2 flat boxes])

Language of Materials



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 books published between 1930 and 1963, and some miscellaneous art work.


Collection is arranged alphabetically by publication date with miscellaneous material at the end.

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.

Valenti Angelo Papers, 1930-1964, undated
Christina Cowan and Sharlene Murphy
11/1998, 10/07/2004
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Revision Statements

  • March 2023: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library