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Helen Stone Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1914

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for four children's books illustrated by Helen Stone, and includes original paintings, two of which are signed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan, a paste-up dummy, and a watercolor and paste-up dummy.


  • Creation: circa 1945-circa 1951


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

Helen Stone was born October 31, 1904 in Englewood, New Jersey. She attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts and the Art Students League, and later studied in Paris. After spending time teaching and doing some designing and commercial art, she began illustrating books, and in 1944 she illustrated her first book for children. During the next two decades she illustrated a number of books for children, written by a variety of authors. She received two Caldecott Honor Book citations, for All Around the Town (1948) and The Most Wonderful Doll in the World (1950).

Biographical Sources: Illustrators of Children's Books: 1946-1956, p. 185 Illustrators of Children's Books: 1957-1966, p. 181, Newbery and Caldecott Medalists and Honor Book Citations 2nd ed.pp. 409-410


.2 Cubic Feet (1 flat box)

Language of Materials



Helen Stone's papers focus on her work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production materials for four titles.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota.

Helen Stone Papers, circa 1945-circa 1951
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • April 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