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Beatrix Potter Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1768

Scope and Contents

The collection includes four original pencil or ink sketches, including several sketches of Peter Rabbit, an original sketch for The Fairy Caravan, and a sketch of a horse playing in water with a note from Potter. The collection also includes an undated and uncut proof for an edition of Peter Rabbit, several printed pages of The Fairy Caravan, and miscellaneous greeting cards, one signed by Potter.


  • circa 1929-1933, 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

Beatrix Potter was born July 28, 1866 in London, England; she died December 22, 1943 in Sawrey, England. She was the daughter of a barrister. In 1913, she married William Heelis, a lawyer. Ms. Potter was tutored by governesses, except for some brief private instruction, she was self taught in art. Ms. Potter was an author and illustrator of books for children, later a sheep farmer in the Lake District and a conservationist. Her first book,Tale Of Peter Rabbitwas privately printed.

Biographical Source: Yesterday's Authors Of Books For Children, vol. 1, p. 205-217


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The collection includes original sketches by Beatrix Potter, as well as greetings cards, and miscellaneous proofs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A portion of the collection was donated by Dr. Irvin Kerlan. The uncut proof sheet for an edition of Peter Rabbit was donated by Vera Petersen.

Beatrix Potter Collection, circa 1928-1933, undated
Lois Steer
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Revision Statements

  • July 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