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Bill Cosby papers, 1972-1976

Summary Information
Title: Bill Cosby papers
Dates: 1972-1976
Creator: Cosby, Bill, 1937-
Extent: 1 boxes (0.4 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-1324
This collection consists of typescript, galley proofs, front matter, correspondence, photographs and illustrations, clippings, and holographs related to three Fat Albert books.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Cosby, Bill

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.


Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Bill Cosby papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Biographical Sketch

William H. Cosby Jr. (Bill Cosby) was born in 1937. He is internationally known as a comedian and actor. He wrote and voiced many of the characters on the children’s television show Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids , as well as, wrote children's book based off his original characters. He is still touring with a standup comedy routine for adults.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials related to three Fat Albert books published from 1973-1975 and includes; typescript, galley proofs, front matter, correspondence, photographs, illustrations, clippings, holographs, and other items.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • This 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.
  • Cosby, Bill, 1937-
  • Wit and humor.
  • Epigrams, American.
  • American wit and humor.
  • Epigrams.
  • Photographs
  • Photocopies of illustrations
  • Illustrations
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Fat Albert's Dictionary, unpublished 
Box 1
Miscellaneous, Correspondence 1973-1974  Box 1 , Folder 1
Fat Albert's Survival Kit, 1975 
Box 1
Corrected Galley Proof, Typescript, Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Clippings 1975-1976  Box 1 , Folder 2
Front Matter, Corrected Typescript Photocopy 1975  Box 1 , Folder 3
Front Matter, Corrected Typescript 1975  Box 1 , Folder 4
Wit and Wisdom of Fat Albert, The, 1973 
Box 1
Correspondence, Photo, Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Illustrations, Holograph, Photocopy of Illustrations, Clippings 1972-1973  Box 1 , Folder 5
Photocopy of Illustrations, Miscellaneous, Correspondence, Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Holograph 1973  Box 1 , Folder 6
Correspondence, Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Illustrations, Clippings 1973-1974  Box 1 , Folder 7
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence, Front Matter, Corrected Typescript Photocopy 1973-1974  Box 1 , Folder 8
Photos. Miscellaneous, Correspondence, Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Photocopy of Illustrations 1972-1974  Box 1 , Folder 9
Photocopy of Illustrations, Clippings 1973  Box 1 , Folder 10