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Charles Kochman (Abrams Books) Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2299

Scope and Contents

This collection contains promotional material and book-specific merchandise such as journals, advertisement posters, notepads, pens, bags and catalogs as well as proofs, notes, F & Gs, correspondence and other publishing material from 12 different authors and creators who worked with editor Charles Kochman at Abrams Books. These creators include Jeanne Steig, Jon Scieszka, Jeff Kinney, Stephen Hillenburg, and Jennifer George.


  • 2006 - 2017


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

Abrams books was founded in 1949, and was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. The company is now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe and still publishes material in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, popular culture, young adult fiction, children’s books, and board books.

Charles Kochman has worked at Abrams Books since 2005. He is the editorial director of Abrams ComicArts and editor of the #1 bestselling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Koachman has edited numerous works during his tenure at Abrams. Prior to Abrams, he spent twelve years working at DC Comics and MAD Magazine. He has also worked at PlayValue books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Bantam Books. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1985 with a BA in children’s literature.

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12.9 Cubic Feet (13 boxes [12 record cartons and 1 flat box])

Language of Materials



This collection contains proofs, promotional material, and other publishing material from different authors and illustrators whose work was edited by Charles Kochman and published by Abrams Books, including Jeanne Steig, Jon Scieszka, Jeff Kinney, Stephen Hillenburg, and Jennifer George.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by the name of the author or illustrator and then by book or subject title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Abrams.

Inventory of the Charles Kochman (Abrams Books) Papers
Kristell Benson
September 13, 2018
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Revision Statements

  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library