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Grace Castagnetta and Hendrik Willem Van Loon Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1666

Scope and Contents

The Collection contains a corrected typescript and handwritten music for The Last of the Troubadours and an ink and watercolor study for The Songs We Sing. The collection also includes a note from Dr. Irvin Kerlan regarding the materials.


  • Creation: circa 1936-1939


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

Hendrik Willem Van Loon was born in Rotterdam, Holland in 1882. He moved to the United States in 1902 and received Harvard and Cornell Universities, receiving his Bachelor's degree in 1905. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Munich in 1911. During his varied career he worked as a teacher, historian, journalist, and illustrator. He received the first Newbery Medal for his book, The Story of Mankind. He was a prolific author of books for both adults and children.

Grace Castagnetta was a pianist, writer, and composer. She was born in New York (sources say either 1909 or 1912), and collaborated with many well known authors and illustrators of the 20th century on musical books for children, including Van Loon and Virginia Lee Burton. She died in 1996.

Biographical source on Van Loon: Something About the Author,vol. 18, p. 284-292.


2 folders

Language of Materials



Collection contains production material, including music and an illustration study, for two titles co-authored by Grace Castagnetta and Hendrik Willem Van Loon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Grace Castagnetta to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who donated the materials to the collection in 1950.

Related Materials

Additional material available in the Grace Castagnetta Papers.



Grace Castagnetta and Hendrik Willem Van Loon Papers, circa 1936-1939
Leslie Czechowski
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Revision Statements

  • June 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library