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Clare Turlay Newberry Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1793

Scope and Contents

The collection contains miscellaneous original art and the illustrative production materials for six children's books, including chalk and watercolor illustrations, an illustrator's dummy, charcoal illustrations, sketches, and black and white prints.


  • circa 1938 - circa 1965


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

Clare Turlay Newberry was born April 10, 1903 in Enterprise, Oregon. She began drawing, especially cats, as a child and later attended the University of Oregon and studied art at the School of the Portland Art Museum, California School of Fine Arts, and La Grand Chaumiere in Paris, France. Clare Turlay Newberry worked as a portrait painter and in 1931 wrote and illustrated her first book for children Herbert the Lion. She got many of her ideas for books from her own experiences with "pets, friends, and family.'" Her Children Stephen and Felicia served as models for several of the children in her books, as did many of her pets. Clare Turlay Newberry worked in a variety of media including watercolor and Conte crayon on velour pastel paper to get her illustrations of such animals as cats just right. Clare Turlay Newberry wrote and illustrated over a dozen books for children and most dealt with animals. Four of her books were Caldecott Medal runners-up:Barkisin 1939, April's Kittensin 1941, Marshmallowin 1943, and T-Bonein 1953. Clare Turlay Newberry died on February 12, 1970 in San Diego, California.

Biographical Source:

"Clare Turlay Newberry (1903-1970)." Something About the Author. Vol. 1 and 26. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971 and 1982.


4 boxes

Language of Materials



The collection contains illustrative production materials for six children's books and other original art by Clare Turlay Newberry.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of this collection was orginally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan who in turn gave his collection to the University of Minnesota. Clare Turlay Newberry gave additional material to the University of Minnesota in 1967, and Nancy B. Olson gave some miscellaneous artwork in 1982.


Clare Turlay Newberry Collection, circa 1938 - circa 1965
Karen Bauer, March 2005
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Revision Statements

  • September 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library