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Alice and Martin Provenson Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1783
The collection contains illustrative material for The Mother Goose Bookand two pieces of miscellaneous art.


  • 1950-1976


Language of Materials


Access and Use:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


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The collection contains mostly illustrations done for The Mother Goose BookAlso included are an ink and watercolor drawing done in response to an invitation and one color page proof for Funny Bunny.

Biographical Sketch

Martin Provensen was born July 10, 1916, in Chicago, IL. Alice Twitchell was born August, 14, 1918, also in Chicago. They met on a movie lot while working for a film for the U.S. Navy, and married in Washington, DC, in 1944. They spent more that 40 years creating scores of books for children. Their critically acclaimed work won many awards, including the 1984 Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot. Prior to their marriage, Martin worked in the story department at Walt Disney Studios and Alice was employed at Walter Lantz Studios. Since Martin's death in 1987, Alice has continued to produce several self-illustrated titles. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, Vol. 51, p. 149 and Vol. 147, p. 181-185


Miscellaneous art,

The Mother Goose Book, 1976

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

The material in this collection was given to the University of Minnesota by Alice and Martin Provensen.

Gift of: Provenson, Alice and Martin
Alice and Martin Provensen Papers
Larry Peterson, April 2005
Language of description
Description is in English

Collecting Area

Part of the Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library