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Lois Ehlert Papers

Identifier: CLRC-347

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to thirteen works illustrated by Ehlert and over thirty works written and illustrated by her as well. The contents consist of art-related materials such as collages, photographs, dummies and proofs. Ehlert is known for her bold colors as well as her detailed collage illustrations, using non-traditional materials such as twigs, buttons, and textiles. 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 Sketch

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 vibrant collage artwork which features colored paper and found objects. Initially providing illustrations for the books of others, Ehlert began writing her own material to accompany her artwork in the mid-1980s. She has created books on subjects such as birds, flowers, weather, work, retellings of folk tales, and the alphabet.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 128, p. 62-67


40.13 Cubic Feet (4 Record Cartons, 1 card box, 12 custom oversize boxes and 64 flat 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 Kristell Benson
2003 and 2018
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library