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Beth Peck Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1345

Scope and Contents

The collections consists of sketches, studies, pastel illustrations, and pencil illustrations for children's books illustrated by Beth Peck (including both picture and chapter books). The collection also contains a small number of pencil studies and illustrations created for Cricket magazine. Two pastel illustrations were created for a 2004 Houghton Mifflin curriculum leveled reader called The Same, but Different. Additionally, the collection contains numerous sketches for cover art created for the adult novel The Killing of Yesterday's Children.


  • Creation: circa 1984-circa 1991, 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

Illustrator Beth Peck was born August 11, 1957, in New York. She received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1979 and also studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design, as well as private study with various artists. Prior to becoming an illustrator she worked as a mechanical paste-up artist and book designer. Her first picture book Sarah and the Dragon, written by Bruce Colville, was published in 1984. She lives in Menemonie, Wisconsin.

Biographical Source:

"Beth Peck (1957-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 79. and 319. Something About the Author. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1995 and 2017.


.3 Cubic Feet (1 flat box and 1 flat portfolio)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of illustrative material for children's books and magazine illustrations by Beth Peck.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Beth Peck.

Beth Peck Papers, circa 1984-circa 1991, undated
Larry Peterson, December 2004
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Revision Statements

  • July 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