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Anita Lobel Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2008

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for seven titles, and includes corrected typescrsipts and galley proofs, illustrations done in a variety of media, mostly ink, some with separations and text paste-ups, and pencil studies, and dummies.


  • 1965-1969


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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

Anita Lobel, nee Kempler, was born June 3, 1934, in Krakow, Poland. As a child she survived the holocaust and was later re-united with her family in Sweden after the War. She emigrated to the United States in 1952 and graduated from the Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. in 1955. That same year she married the author/illustrator Arnold Lobel, and the couple had two children, including a daughter, Adrienne, who also became an author/illustrator of children's books. In 1965 Anita Lobel wrote and illustrated her first book for children, Sven's Bridge. Anita and Arnold Lobel collaborated on 4 books prior to his death in 1987. Throughout her long and prolific career, critics have praised her as a talented artist and creator of charming texts. She is noted for her evocative detailed paintings, and richly patterned landscapes. As a writer she uses the traditions of folk and fairy tales, and humor, to tell her entertaining stories, though several of her works do have underlying serious themes, such as war and parental neglect. Anita Lobel is also noted for her concept books that have been lauded by critics for their originality and inventiveness. She has received many awards and honors, including a Caldecott Honor in 1982 for On Market Street. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, Vols. 6, 55, 96


.2 linear ft. manuscripts 2 cubic ft. illustrative


The papers focus on Anita Lobel's work as an author and illustrator of children's books. It contains production material for 7 titles, and includes both manuscript and illustrative materials, with an emphasis on the latter. Manuscript material includes typescripts and proofs, and illustrative material includes illustrations done in a variety of media, some with separations, studies, and dummies.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

Anita Lobel donated part of this collection to the University of Minnesota in 1968, with additional material placed on permanent loan at the University in 1975.

Gift of: Lobel, Anita


Anita Lobel Papers
Jim Eyer
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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