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Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1985

Scope and Contents

This collection contains original oil illustrations and other production material for the picture book, The Range Eternal, which was written by Louise Erdrich and illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. There is also one oil illustration for the picture book Bugtown Boogie, written by Warren Hanson, and illustrated by Johnson and Fancher, along with a small amount of sketches and related material.


  • 2001-circa 2008


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

Lou Fancher was born in Michigan in 1960. She went on to study dance at the University of Cincinnati and work as a writer, illustrator, book designer, ballet dancer, and choreographer. Steve Johnson was born in Minnesota in 1960. He received his B.F.A in illustration and painting at the School of Associated Arts in St. Paul, MN. He works as a commercial artist and illustrator and began working as freelance illustrator with his wife, Lou Fancher, in 1986. Johnson and Fancher received the Minnesota Book Award for Children’s Book in 1992 for The Salamander Room.They are also known for their work in production set and character design on animated films such as Toy Storyand A Bug's Life.

Biographical sources:

"Steve Johnson" and "Lou Fancher." Something About the Author. Vol. 177. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2007.


1 box

Language of Materials



This collection contains art production material for two picture books illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.

Related Materials

Additional material related to Bugtown Boogie can be found in the Warren Hanson papers.

Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson Papers, 2001-circa 2008
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Revision Statements

  • September 2020: Collection reprocessed and description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library