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Joan Hanson Papers

Identifier: CLRC-904

Scope and Contents

The Joan Hanson papers contain original illustrations and related production material for a half-dozen children's books written and illustrated by Hanson in the 1970s, as well as a dummy for one unpublished children's book, and one box of linoleum printing blocks.


  • circa 1971-circa 1977


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

Author and illustrator Joan Hanson was born June 25, 1938, in Appleton, WI. She received a B.A. from Carleton College in 1960. In the 1960s, prior to writing children's books, she worked as a lab technician in New England and as a cancer research laboratory technician at the University of Minnesota. Her first children's book, The Monster's Nose was Cold was published in 1970.

Biographical source:

"Joan Hanson (1938-)."Something About the Author. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1978.


2.32 Cubic Feet (4 boxes [1 record carton, 1 hollinger document box, and 2 flat boxes])

Language of Materials



The collection contains illustrative material for children's books illustrated by Joan Hanson.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title, with linoleum blocks at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joan Hanson.

Joan Hanson Papers, circa 1971-circa 1977
Felicity Hanson
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Revision Statements

  • April 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