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Hildegard Woodward Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1719

Scope and Contents

The collection contains illustrative production material for five titles published between 1947 and 1953. The materials include illustrations done in a variety of media, many with separations, studies done in a variety of media, separations, layouts, and proofs including some with typescript and/or text proofs. The collection also contains one piece of correspondence to Hildegard Woodward dated 1964.


  • circa 1947-circa 1964


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

Hildegard Woodward was born February 10, 1898 in Worcester, Massachusetts. She studied art at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and later traveled to Europe and studied in Paris. She joined a group of artists in Boston and learned about book illustration from the illustrator Marguerite Davis. Hildegard Woodward continued her training in drawing and book making and in the 1930s she moved to New York. In 1931, Hildegard Woodward illustrated her first book for children The Blue Teapot: Sandy Cove Storiesby Alice Dalgliesh. Hildegard Woodward received Caldecott Honor Book citations for Roger and the Fox(1947) in 1948 and The Wild Birthday Cake(1949) in 1950, both written by Lavinia (Riker) Davis. Hildegard Woodward also wrote and illustrated several children's books beginning with Everyday Childrenin 1935. She published her last book for children The House on Grandfather's Hillin 1961.

Biographical Sources:

Illustrators of Children's Books: 1946-1956, pp. 201-202.

Newbery and Caldecott Medalists and Honor Book Winners: Bibliographies and Resource Material Through 1992, 2nd ed., p. 460.


6 boxes

Language of Materials



The collection contains illustrative material for children's books illustrated by Hildegard Woodward.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Hildegard Woodward.

Hildegard Woodward Papers, circa 1947-circa 1964
Christina Cowan
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Revision Statements

  • October 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library