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Anita Lobel Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2008

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for seven titles by Anita Lobel, 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


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

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. She earned a Caldecott Honor in 1982 for On Market Street.

Biographical Source: "Anita Lobel." Something About the Author. Vol. 96. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1998.


4 boxes

Language of Materials



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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anita Lobel.

Anita Lobel Papers, 1965-1969
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • July 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library