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Ann Grifalconi Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2279

Scope and Contents

The Ann Grifalconi Papers contain written material pertaining to Ann Grifalconi's work as an author and illustrator of works for children. It also contains correspondence, proofs, and dust jackets as well as original artwork by the illustrator for publications written by her and by other authors.


  • 1966 - 2003


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

Ann Grifalconi was born in 1929 and was raised with her brother by a single mother. Her mother, Mary Hays Weik, was also an author of children’s books. Much like her own father, Lincoln biographer Jesse Weik, Mary raised her children in a home that loved books, not just reading them, but writing them too. Grifalconi Graduated from Cooper Union Art School in 1950 with a certificate in advertising and from New York University with her B.A. in Art History. She worked as a teacher as she took her work around to publishers on her off time. She eventually got her first book City Rhythms published in 1965 and her writing/illustrating career took off from there. Grifalconi felt she needed to devote more time to her books so she left the teaching profession. Missing teaching, she and a friend started a company called Media Plus that developed interracial multi-media materials.

Grifalconi has won numerous awards for her work including the Caldecott Honor Award for The Village of Round and Square Houses, the Coretta Scott King Award for Everett Anderson’s Goodbye and the Newbery Honor Book for The Jazz Man.

Grifalconi died in 2020.


6.29 Cubic Feet (13 boxes (1 record carton, 12 flat boxes))

Language of Materials



This collection contains artwork, proofs, correspondence and other materials related to writings and illustrations by Ann Grifalconi.


This collection is arranged by publication and topic title in alphabetical order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ann Grifalconi
Ann Grifalconi Papers, 1966-2003
Kristell Benson
July 26, 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library