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Charles Mikolaycak Papers

Identifier: CLRC-57

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for book published by Charles Mikolaycak. The collection includes illustrations done in a variety of media, some with separations, studies and sketches, layouts, pasteups, photocopies, proofs, reference photographs, and related material, as well as written material such as manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, and a proofs.

The collection contains a substantial amount of miscellaneous and personal material including unpublished manuscripts, material for speeches, royalty statements, miscellaneous art work including work done for a number of posters, menus annotated by Mikolaycak, art work done for stories appearing in Cricket Magazine, self portraits, planners, correspondence, biographical material, photographs and film negatives, sketches and a self portrait, and a small amount of memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1946 - 2000


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

Charles Mikolaycak was born January 26, 1937, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He received his B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1958, and early in his career worked as a freelance illustrator, and later as an illustrator and designer at Time-Life Books. He married Carole Kismaric, a writer and editor, in 1970, and they would later collaborate on several books for children. In 1967 he illustrated his first book for children, Helen Hoover's Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman, and throughout his career illustrated works by authors, including Jane Yolen, Elizabeth Winthrop, Margaret Hodges, and Eve Bunting. He is perhaps best known for his illustrations of folktales and biblical stories. He received the Kerlan Award by the Children's Literature Research Collections in 1987 for his contributions to children's literature. Miklaycak died in New York on June 23, 1993.


18.2 Cubic Feet (46 Boxes [6 record cartons, 2 hollinger document boxes, and 38 flat boxes])

Language of Materials



The collection contains production material for books illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak, as well as correspondence, and various personal and professional material.


The collection is arranged into four series. Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

  1. Writings and publications
  2. Correspondence
  3. Personal
  4. Professional

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Charles Mikolaycak with additional material added to the collection by Carole Kismaric after his death.

Related Materials

Related materials for works created with his wife Carole Kismaric can be found in the Carole Kismaric Papers.

Charles Mikolaycak Papers, 1946-2000
Jim Eyer
2004, 2009
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Revision Statements

  • August 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