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Judith Gwyn Brown Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1835

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of original art for eight children's books illustrated by Brown. The collection primarily includes ink illustrations and mechanical paste-ups, although it also holds items in other mediums, including charcoal, as well as jacket illustrations in pastel, paint, and mixed media.


  • Creation: circa 1963-circa 1976


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

Artist and illustrator Judith Gywn Brown was born in New York City in 1933. She attended Cooper Union and Parson's School of Design. She received her BA in Fine Arts History from New York University in 1956. From 1958 to 1960 she worked for a printer creating book jackets and pasteups. She began illustrating children's books in the early 1960s with the publication of Mr. DeLuca's Horse and A Street of Churches in 1962. She also wrote several books which she self-illustrated, including Max and the Truffle Pig in 1963. Brown lived in New York City prior to her death in December 2021.

Biographical Source:

"Judith Gwyn Brown." Something About the Author. Vol. 20. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1980.


1.07 Cubic Feet (3 flat boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of original art for eight children's books illustrated by Brown.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The majority of the collection was donated directly by Judith Gwyn Brown. Two ink illustrations (one from Max and the Truffle Pig and the other from Jonathan Bing), which were originally held by Brown's friends John and Eleanor Blankenbaker, were donated to the collection by John Blankenbaker in 2023.

Judith Gwyn Brown Papers, circa 1963-circa 1976
Nancy Larsen
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Revision Statements

  • August 2023: New material added, 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