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Carl Burger Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1952

Scope and Contents

The collection contains illustrations and sketches for the children's book Winter-Sleeping Wildlife, and a print of an illustration from The Incredible Journey, both illustrated by Carl Burger. Several of the items are inscribed to Dr. Irvin Kerlan. One of the studies for Winter-Sleeping Wildlife also has an inscription from the author, Will Barker, dated 1960.


  • Creation: circa 1958-1961 or later


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

Carl Burger was born in Maryville, TN in 1888. He attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee and Stanford University. He graduated from Cornell University with a Batchelors of Architecture in 1912. He also studied for three years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He served in the US Army from 1917 to 1920. Burger served as art director for several advertising firms. He also worked as an artist, writer, and illustrator of books and magazines. His work as an artist included large murals for the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium. He died in 1967.

Biographical Source:

"Carl Burger." Something About the Author, Vol. 9. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1976.


1 folder

Language of Materials



The collection contains illustrative material related to two children's books illustrated by Carl Burger.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who in turn donated items to the University of Minnesota.

Carl Burger Papers, circa 1958-1961 or later
Nancy Larsen
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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