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Arnold Edwin Bare Papers

Identifier: CLRC-387

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production materials for seven titles published between 1943 and 1955. It includes tempera illustrations for dust jackets, tempera studies, a crayon and and chalk sketch, a charcoal sketch, a watercolor study, tempera illustrations, some with text proof paste-ups, a crayon illustration, an illustration proof, and a crayon and pastel sketch. The materials are arranged by title with box level control.


  • 1943-1955


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Biographical Sketch

Arnold Edwin Bare was born June 20, 1920 in New York. He attended Yale University for two years where he learned the importance of setting in a story. In 1943 he illustrated his first book for children, Pierre Pidgeon, by Lee Kingman. The book's artwork was widely praised and the book was the Caldecott Award runner-up for 1944. Arnold Bare continued to illustrate books for children throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and 1952 wrote his book, Maui's Summer. Throughout his career, he has tried to make drawing descriptive of a country and its people and tried to travel to the country that was his setting. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 16, p.32 Illustrators of Children's Books: 1946-1956, p. 68


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Arnold Edwin Bare's papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for seven titles published between 1943 and 1955, and consists of illustrations, studies, and sketches done in a variety of media.


Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title and chronologically within each title.

Physical Location

Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 30 minutes for retrieval.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of this collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. In 1968 Arnold Bare added additional material to this collection.
Arnold Edwin Bare Papers
Christina Cowan and Nancy Larsen
1998, 2009
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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