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Ezra Jack Keats Collection

Identifier: CLRC-149

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of production material for seven published titles as well as an audiotape and interview pamphlet.


  • 1962 - 2015


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

Ezra Jack Keats was born March 11, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Art Students League and studied painting with the artist and children's book illustrator Jean Charlot. He worked as a muralist for the W.P.A. during the Depression, and later as an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1954 he illustrated his first book for children, Jubilant for Sure, by Elizabeth C. Lansing. In 1962 he wrote and illustrated his best known work, The Snowy Day, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1963. Keats died on May 6, 1983 in New York City.

Biographical Sources:

Something About the Author vols. 14, 34, 57; Children's Literature Review, vol. 35; Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed. pp.510-11


2 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

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This collection consists of production material for seven published titles as well as an audiotape and interview pamphlet.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title with miscellaneous material at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was donated by Ezra Jack Keats, with collage material for Peter's Chair donated by Dianne L. Monson.

Related Materials

The bulk of Ezra Jack Keat's papers are held at the DeGrummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Ezra Jack Keats Papers, 1962-2015
Jim Eyer and John Barneson
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Revision Statements

  • December 23, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Teresa Tjepkes, EAD updated by Teresa Tjepkes.
  • January 2023: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library