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Alice and Martin Provensen Collection

Summary Information
Title: Alice and Martin Provenson
Dates: 1950-1976
Creator: Provenson, Alice and Martin
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1783
The collection contains mostly illustrations done for The Mother Goose Book Also included are an ink and watercolor drawing done in response to an invitation and one color page proof for Funny Bunny .

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.


Miscellaneous art,

The Mother Goose Book, 1976

Biographical Sketch

Martin Provensen was born July 10, 1916, in Chicago, IL. Alice Twitchell was born August, 14, 1918, also in Chicago. They met on a movie lot while working for a film for the U.S. Navy, and married in Washington, DC, in 1944. They spent more that 40 years creating scores of books for children. Their critically acclaimed work won many awards, including the 1984 Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot . Prior to their marriage, Martin worked in the story department at Walt Disney Studios and Alice was employed at Walter Lantz Studios. Since Martin's death in 1987, Alice has continued to produce several self-illustrated titles. Biographical Source: Something About the Author , Vol. 51, p. 149 and Vol. 147, p. 181-185

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains illustrative material for The Mother Goose Book and two pieces of miscellaneous art.

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.
  • Provenson, Alice and Martin
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Miscellaneous art  
Box M. C. 440
Ink and watercolor drawing (1 p.)  Box M. C. 440
Color page proof for "Funny Bunny" (1 p.)  Box M. C. 440
The Mother Goose Book 1976 
Note  New York: Random House, 1976
Box Box 74
Ink and watercolor illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box Box 74
Ink and watercolor illustrations (28 p.)  Box Box 74
Ink and tempera studies (2 p.)  Box Box 74
Ink and watercolor studies (21 p.)  Box Box 74
Ink study (1 p.)  Box Box 74