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Karen Ritz Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1334

Scope and Contents

The Karen Ritz papers contains both illustrative and written production material for five nonfiction children's books. Material includies pencil and colored pencil illustrations, dummies, watercolor illustrations, pencil studies, press sheets, research materials, proofs, correspondence, and related materials. The collection also includes an ink drawing of the Upson Room of Walter Library, University of Minnesota (where The Kerlan Collection was held prior to Andersen Library).


  • Creation: circa 1989-circa 1995


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

Karen Ritz was born January 6, 1957, in Hudson, NY. She studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Hamilton College, and the University of Minnesota, which lead to a career as a free-lance illustrator. Ritz's first book was published in 1980 and went on to complete twenty-four more titles by 1995, including two with David Adler. Along with illustrating, Ritz is also a community faculty member at Metro State University in St Paul, MN and Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, MN, a workshop and seminar speaker with the University of Minnesota, art camp instructor at the Wanda Gag Association in New Ulm, MN and a guest speaker throughout the country at young author seminars and elementary schools.

Biographical source:

"Karen Ritz (1957-)." Something About the Author. Volume 80. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1995.


4 boxes

Language of Materials



The Karen Ritz Collection contains illustrative and written production material for children's books illustrated


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title with miscellaneous artwork at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Karen Ritz.

Karen Ritz Papers, circa 1989-circa 1995
Sharlene Murphy
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Revision Statements

  • October 2021: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library