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Mary Gehr Papers

Summary Information
Title: Mary Gehr Papers
Dates: 1952-1955
Creator: Gehr, Mary
Extent: 2 boxes
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1189
The collection contains art work in various media for 9 titles, and includes several illustrator's dummies, plus some miscellaneous original art.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

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


This collection is 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.



Littlest Circus Seal, The, 1952

Miscellaneous original art,

Mr. Wiggleworm,

Nursery Tales,


Shell for Herby, A,

True Book of Little Eskimos, The, 1953

True Book of Weeds and Wildflowers, The, 1955

We're Going to Town, 1952

Biographical Sketch

Mary Gehr was born in Chicago, Illinois about 1910 and died November 19, 1997 in Chicago. She was a dancer, artist, educator, and author, but is probably best remembered for her art. Her art is part of the permanent collections of several museums. She began illustrating children's books in 1954, and her own books are self-illustrated.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author vols. 32, 99

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains artwork for 9 titles, plus some miscellaneous art, including original colored illustrations, black and white, and colored, woodblock prints, a colored print, illustrator's dummies, and a watercolor illustration.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Gehr, Mary
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Note  Chicago: Children's Press,
Box MC1544
original colored illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1544
Littlest Circus Seal, The 1952 
Note  Chicago: Children's Press, 1952
Box MC1544
original colored dust jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1544
Miscellaneous original art  
Box MC1544
black and white woodblock prints (13 p.)  Box MC1544
colored woodblock print (1 p.)  Box MC1544
1 colored print (1 p.)  Box MC1544
Mr. Wiggleworm  
Box MC1543
illustrator's dummy (1 p.)  Box MC1543
Nursery Tales  
Note  Chicago: Children's Press,
Box MC1543
original colored illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1543
Box MC1543
illustrator's dummy (1 p.)  Box MC1543
Shell for Herby, A  
Box MC1543
illustrator's dummy (1 p.)  Box MC1543
True Book of Little Eskimos, The 1953 
Note  Chicago: Children's Press, 1953
Box MC1543
illustrator's dummy with colored drawings (1 p.)  Box MC1543
True Book of Weeds and Wildflowers, The 1955 
Note  Chicago: Children's Press, 1955
Box MC1543
original illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1543
We're Going to Town 1952 
Note  Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1952
Box MC1544
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1544