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Leo Lionni Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1988

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one original illustration from Fish is Fish, and several illustration proofs associated with the production of Tico and the Golden Wings.


  • Creation: circa 1964-circa 1970


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

Leo Lionni was born May 5, 1910, in Amsterdam, Holland. He came to the United States in 1939 and became a naturalized citizen in 1945. He attended schools in Holland, Belgium, the United States, Italy, and Switzerland. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Genoa in 1935.

His career as a free-lance writer, designer, and painter lasted from 1930-39. He held positions as art director or design director for several companies from 1939-62. He was head of the graphics design department at Parsons School of Design in New York City, 1952-1954.

Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 children's books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner -- for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.

Biographical sources:

"Leo Lionni." Something About the Author. Vol. 72. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1993.

"Leo Lionni." Random House.


4 items

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable


The collection consists of one original illustration and three page proofs for two children's books by Leo Lionni.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Original Fish is Fish illustration donated by Leo Lionni.

Leo Lionni Papers, circa 1964-circa 1970
David E Byer
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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