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Dick Gackenbach Papers

Identifier: CLRC-306

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials for one title, Jack and the Whoopee Wind,by Mary Calhoun.


  • 1987


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Access and Use:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


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Biographical Sketch

Dick Gackenbach was born February 9, 1927 , in Allentown, PA; son of William and Gertrude (Reichenbach) Gackenbach and received a rural upbringing. After a stint in the Navy, he attened Jameson Franklin School of Art, NY and Abbott School of Art, Washington, DC. His early career included working for J.C. Penny Co. as a paste-up artist, where he eventually became a creative director and freelance author and illustrator. After 20 years he moved to a second career as children's author and illustrator. He became a consultant for art education for children with disabilities in 1988. His love and interest in dogs is often reflected in his writing.

Awards included Children's Choice designation, Internation Reading Assoication and Children's Book Council, 1978, for Mother Rabbit's Son Tom; Garden State Children's Book Award, New Jersey Library Association, 1979, for Hattie Rabbit;Outstanding Book citation, New York Times, 1981, for McGoogan Moves the Mighty Rock; Book of the Year citiation, Child Study Assocation of America, 1985, for Mag the Magnificent. His books contain stories based on childhood experiences, jokebooks, mysterious events and often contain large colorful artwork. His themes emphasise the importance of affection, generosity, courage, and tolerance. Since 1954 he has illustrated over twenty books for other authors.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 79, p. 74-78


1 folder


The collection contains materials for one title, Jack and the Whoopee Wind, published in 1987.

Physical Location

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Accession Information:

Gift of: Gackenbach, Dick
Dick Gackenbach Papers
Louise Duncan
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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