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Summary Information
Title: James Ransome Papers
Dates: 2011
Creator: Ransome, James
Location: Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 30 minutes for retrieval.
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-2111
James Ransome is an illustrator of children's books. This collection contains original artwork from three of his titles.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of

James Ransome


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

Biographical Sketch of James Ransome

James Ransome was born in Rich Square, North Carolina. Lacking exposure to museums or galleries because of his rural upbringing, Ransome drew early inpiration from hod rod cars, comic books, and the bible. His first foray into artistic training came from a corrispondance course advertised in a comic book. Following a move to Bergenfield, New Jersey, Ransome shifted his artistic focus in high school to film making and photography. These interests shaped his visual perspective and fostered narrative development. With renewed furvor Ransome pursued a Bachelors of Arts in Illustration from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. While attending Pratt, Ransome met Jerry Pinkney, a prolific artist and later mentor, who acted as role model showing Ransome the opportunities available to African American artists. He has since recieved the Coretta Scott King award twice, an IBBY Honor Award, and been named one of the seventy-five authors and illustrators everyone should know by the Children's Book Council. In addition to illustrating children's books, Ransome commissions murals for libraries and museums. James resides in Rhinebeck, New York with his wife Lisa Cline Ransome, a writer of children's literature.

Biographical Source: author's website, at

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains illustrations from three published titles.

Subject 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.
  • Ransome, James
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Box MC 1557
Bonesy and Isabel , by Michael Rosen, published San Diego: Harcourt, 1994 (1 folder)  Box MC 1557
Note  Contains:16 acrylic illustrations
Dark Day, Light Night, by Jan Carr, published New York: Hyperion, 1995 (1 folder)  Box MC 1557
Note  Contains: 16 acrylic illustrations
What Lincoln Said, by Sarah L. Thompson, published New York: Collins, 2009 (1 folder)  Box MC 1557
Note  Contains: 14 acrylic illustrations