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David Pelletier Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2288

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material pertaining to the publication The Graphic Alphabet. Materials include art, correspondence, reviews, clippings, art negatives, awards, catalogs and contracts. There is a silkscreen test of one of the images from the book that was not used for the final production as well as an x-ray print-out of hands that was used for the letter “X” in the book. There are several rejection letters from publishing houses and there are fan letters from students and teachers. There are also numerous clippings of reviews of the book.


  • 1993 - 1997


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

David Pelletier is a graphic artist who lives in New York City. He is the Caldacott Award-winning creator of The Graphic Alphabet. The idea for this book came from his career and his personal interest in letterforms.


.94 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger and 2 flat boxes)

Language of Materials



David Pelletier’s papers focus on his work on the book The Graphic Alphabet. The collection consists of correspondence, reviews, clippings and research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David Pelletier

David Pelletier Papers, 1993-1997
Kristell Benson
March 22, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

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