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Rick Chrustowski Papers

Summary Information
Title: Rick Chrustowski Papers
Dates: 2000-2007
Creator: Chrustowski, Rick
Extent: 1 folder and art
Location: Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 30 minutes for retrieval.
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-2027
The Rick Chrustowski Papers contain both written and illustrative production materials for one title, plus two non-book illustrations.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection is a gift from Rick Chrustowski and was placed on permanent loan at the Children's Literature Research Collection.

Gift of: Chrustowski, Rick


Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title and chronologically within each title.

Biographical Sketch

Rick Chrustowski grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, the fifth of six children. He developed an interest in art at an early age, which, combined with his love of the outdoors, has led to his career as an illustrator of children’s books, mostly about animals. He currently lives in a rural area near River Falls, Wisconsin, where he has created various habitats to attract animals. Before writing or illustrating an animal, he does extensive research, and tries to put himself in the animals place—crawling through a meadow like a ladybug, for example. He tries to make his books both fun and informational.

Biographical Sources:

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains written and illustrative production materials for 1 title, plus two non-book illustrations. Written material includes corrected holographs, typescripts, some corrected or photocopied, typescript photocopies with illustration, typescript transparencies, a jacket, and correspondence. Illustrative material includes a pencil sketch for cover, watercolor and color pencil illustrations, page proofs, pencil studies, a pencil and ink study, layout notes, color copies of illustrations, a photocopy of an illustration, a pencil dummy with text paste-up, photocopy dummies, one corrected, and a pencil, watercolor and watercolor pencil 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.
  • Chrustowski, Rick
  • Ladybugs
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Box MF 3864, MC 1739
Bright Beetle, published New York: Henry Holt, 2000 (1 folder)  Box MF 3864, MC 1739
Note MF 3846 contains: corrected holograph (13 p.); typescript (7 p.); corrected typescript (10 p.); photocopy of typescript with illustrations (4 p.); transparency of typescript (4 p.); 1 book jacket; correspondence (5 p.); pencil sketch for cover (1 p.)
MC 1739 contains: 2 watercolor and pencil illustrations; 2 page proofs; 4 pencil studies; 1 pencil and ink study; 3 layout notes; 2 color copies of illustrations; 1 photocopy of illustration; corrected photocopy dummy (36 p.); photocopy dummy (40 p.); pencil dummy with text paste up (9 p.)
Box MC 1732
Kerlan Professional Day Drawing  Box MC 1732
Note  Contains: 1 crayon and marker drawing
Box MC 1736
Non-Book Illustration: Tulips  Box MC 1736
Note  Contains: 1 pencil, watercolor, and watercolor pencil illustration