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Marian Curtis Foster (Mariana) Collection

Identifier: CLRC-839

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a watercolor dummy and several watercolor studies for titles illustrated by Mariane Curtis Foster (aka Mariane). The collection also contains a small collage, illustrated cards (including one card addressed to Dr. Irvin Kerlan), and a typescript containing an autobiographical sketch.


  • 1944-circa 1958


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

Marian Curtis Foster was born in 1909 in Cleveland, OH, and attended Shophie Newcomb College, the Art Students League in New York City, and Grande Chaumiere in Paris, France. She wrote under the pseudonym Mariana. She was an author and illustrator of children's books, primarily working in watercolor and gouache. She died October 27, 1978 in Southhampton, NY.

Biographical Source:

"Marian Curtis Foster (1909-1978)." Something About the Author. Vol. 23. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1981.


.1 Cubic Feet (14 items)

Language of Materials



Marian C. Foster's, aka Mariana's, papers includes watercolor studies for several titles by Foster, as well as cards and other miscellaneous works.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Irvin Kerlan.

Marian Curtis Foster (Mariana) Collection, 1944-circa 1958
Lois Steer
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Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • June 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library