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Blair Lent Papers

Identifier: CLRC-49

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for eighteen titles published between 1964 and 1998, and some artwork for a Durr Reader published in 1969. The collection includes illustrations done in a variety of media, and many with color separations, as well as studies, dummies, proofs, notes, and typescripts.


  • Creation: 1964 - 1998


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

Blair Lent was born January 22, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Museum of Fine Arts School of Art in 1953 and later studied in Switzerland and Italy. In the 1950s, he worked as an assistant art director and creative designer, and in the 1960s began illustrating and writing children's books. Many of his ideas for books and illustrations were inspire by folklore and stories about Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa, and his own travel experiences. He received the Caldecott Medal in 1973 for The Funny Little Woman, and Caldecott Honors for Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Skyin 1969, The Angry Moon(1971), and The Wave(1965). Lent worked in a variety of media including cardboard cuts, pen and ink and wash drawings, and acrylic painting. Lent died in 2009 in Massachusetts.


3.28 Cubic Feet (7 boxes [1 record carton and 6 flat boxes,] and 4 oversize rolls)

Language of Materials



Blair Lent's papers contain material related to his work as an author and illustrator of children's picture books.


The collection is arranged into two series. Writing and publications are arranged alphabetically by publication title.

  1. Writings and Publications
  2. Professional

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Blair Lent.

Blair Lent Papers, 1964-1998
David E Byer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • September 2023: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Carter Thurmond. Some description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library