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Jerry Pinkney Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2112

Scope and Contents

This collection includes research, reference photographs, dummy mock ups of illustration layouts, page proofs and corrected page proofs, along with early sketch drawings for Goin' Someplace Special, and a watercolor illustration from The Little Red Hen.


  • 1997-2000, 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

Born on December 22, 1939 in Philadelphia, Jerry Pinkney began drawing at a young age. He attended the Philadelphia University of the Arts; while there he married Gloria Jean, an author. They eventually moved to New York where he opened Jerry Pinkney Studios. He has been illustrating children's books since 1964, of which he has now illustrated over 100 publications. Pinkney has received multiple awards for his illustrations of children's books, including the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion and the Mouse, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and in 1998 was an U.S. nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition for creators of children's books. Pinkney's work has also shown in museums around the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Normon Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, and his works are held in the permanent collections at the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Library of Congress. In 2003 he was appointed to the National Council of the Arts (NEA) and served from 2003 to 2009. He currently resides in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife.


.69 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of papers and original art related to the publication Goin' Someplace Special, written by Pat McKissack and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, and a watercolor illustration from The Little Red Hen.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Little Red Hen watercolor gift of Ellen Sugg. All other material gift of Jerry Pinkney.

Related Materials

Additional Jerry Pinkney artwork is available in the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) Summer Reading Program Collection.


Jerry Pinkney Papers, 1997-2000, undated
Kate Dietrick
February 2014
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Revision Statements

  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library