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Bill Farnsworth Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2029

Scope and Contents

The collection contains illustrative production material for children's books, and includes pencil studies, oil on linen illustrations, some oversize, a photocopy of a study, and a dummy with oil painting, color pencil, color photocopy and text paste-up.


  • Creation: circa 1996-circa 2002


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 Sketch

Bill Farnsworth graduated from the Ringling School of Art and Design in 1980, and has since followed a career of creating paintings for magazines, advertisements, children’s books, and various Fine Art commissions. His goal in illustrating is to tell the story “without words.”

Biographical Sources:

Bill Farnsworth personal website.


2 boxes

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The Bill Farnsworth papers contains illustrative production material for children's books illustrated by Farnsworth.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection is a gift from Bill Farnsworth and was placed on permanent loan at the Children's Literature Research Collections.

Bill Farnsworth Papers, circa 1996-circa 2002
Jim Eyer, 2007.
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Revision Statements

  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library