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Horst Lemke Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1891

Scope and Contents

The collection includes various illustrations and studies by Horst Lemke, including studies for six book jackets; two ink illustrations or studies (one labeled by Dr. Irvin Kerlan as for Oliver Twist, and the second possibly from David Copperfield; and five painted studies for advertisements and book posters.


  • Creation: circa 1957-circa 1960, 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

Horst Lemke was born June 30, 1922 in Berlin, Germany. He attended the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste in Berlin. His career as author and illustrator of children's books included numerous titles, all self-illustrated. His illustrations were for German children's book titles, as well as for English titles translated to German.

Biographical Source:

"Horst Lemke." Something about the Author. Vol. 38, Detroit, MI: Gale, 1985.


13 items

Language of Materials



The Lemke papers consist of illustrations and studies for book jackets, illustrations, and advertisements, created by artist Horst Lemke.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dr. Irvin Kerlan.

Horst Lemke collection, circa 1957-circa 1960, undated
David E Byer
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Revision Statements

  • June 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