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Alex W. Bealer Papers

Identifier: CLRC-660

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material, including typescripts, correspondence, sketches and studies, proofs, and final illustrations (including color separations) for the picture book The Picture-Skin Story.


  • Creation: 1955-1965, 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

Alex Winkler Bealer III was born in 1921 in Valdosta, GA. He received his BA at Emory University in 1942. He did graduate work at Northwestern University in 1946. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1942-1945 and 1950-1952. He was a blacksmith, woodworker, advertising executive and author of books for both children and adults. Although he was not Native, Bealer's books for children primarly focused on Native American tribes, including the Dakota (The Picture-Skin Story) and Cherokee (Only the Names Remain). Most of his other writings focused on blacksmithing and woodworking. Bealer died in Atlanta, GA in 1980.

Biographical Source:

"Alex W(inkler) Bealer, III(1921-1980)." Something About the Author. Vol. 8 and 22. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1976 and 1981.


1 Cubic Foot (2 boxes [1 hollinger box and 1 flat box])

Language of Materials



The collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence and original art work for one picture book by Alex Bealer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alex W. Bealer, donated in 1957 and 1970.

Alex W. Bealer Papers, 1955-1965, undated
Nancy Larsen
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • March 2023: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library