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Arnold Lobel Papers

Identifier: CLRC-53

Scope and Contents

The papers focus on Arnold Lobel's work as an author and illustrator of children's books. It contains production material for published and unpublished titles, and includes both manuscript and illustrative materials, with an emphasis on the latter. Manuscript material includes typescripts and proofs, and illustrative material includes illustrations done in a variety of media, some with separations, studies, and dummies.


  • Creation: 1961-1978, 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

Arnold Lobel, born May 22, 1933, was an award winning children's book author and illustrator. During his 26 year career, he wrote, illustrated, and collaborated on close to 100 books. Born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Schenectady, NY, Lobel was often sick in gradeschool. To pass time at home and engage with his classmates, he would draw and create stories. In 1955, Mr. Lobel graduated with a degree in fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. That same year he married Anita Kempler, also a graduate of Pratt Institute and a children's author and illustrator who he collaborated on several books with. He is best known for his Frog and Toad series of books, and he was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1981 for Fables. Lobel died December 4, 1987.


21 boxes

Language of Materials



The Arnold Lobel papers contain materials, both written and illustrative, related to Lobel's work as a creator of children's books.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Arnold Lobel.

Arnold Lobel Papers, 1961-1978, undated
Lisa Calahan
December 2015
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Revision Statements

  • February 2023: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library