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Lois Ehlert Papers

Identifier: CLRC-347

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to thirty books written and illustrated by Ehlert, as well as thirteen books she illustrated for other authors. The contents consist of art-related materials such as collages, photographs, dummies and proofs. The collection also consists of correspondence, research, clippings and audio-visual materials. Ehlert corresponded with many different people including editor Allyn Johnston.


  • 1965 - 2017


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

Lois Ehlert was born November 9, 1934, in Beaver Dam, WI. She graduated from the Layton School of Art in 1957 and received a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1959. She is known for her collage artwork which features colored paper and non-traditional materials such as found objects, buttons, and textiles. Initially providing illustrations for the books of others, Ehlert began writing her own material to accompany her artwork in the mid-1980s. She created books on subjects such as birds, flowers, weather, work, retellings of folk tales, and the alphabet. Ehlert died in Wisconsin in 2021.

Biographical Source:

"Lois (Jane) Ehlert (1934-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 128. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002.


40.13 Cubic Feet (82 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains graphic materials, research, and papers related to works illustrated and works written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert.


This collection has two main series, Published Works and Miscellaneous Materials. There are two main sub-series in Published Works, titles illustrated by Ehlert and titles written and illustrated by her.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lois Ehlert.

Lois Ehlert Papers, 1965-2017
Lois Steer and Larry Peterson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • February 2018: Collection reprocessed, new material added, and finding aid updated by Kristell Benson

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library