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Adam Rex Papers

Summary Information
Title: Adam Rex papers
Dates: undated
Creator: Rex, Adam
Extent: 3 boxes (0.81 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-2134
This collection consists of original art and manuscript materials related to five titles illustrated by Adam Rex.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Rex, Adam

Access Restrictions:

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:

Adam Rex papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by title.

Biographical Sketch

Adam Rex was born in 1973 in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, receiving his BFA from the University of Arizona. The first children's book he illustrated, The Dirty Cowboy, was published in 2003. In 2005 Rex received the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist. His first novel, The True Meaning of Smekday, was published in 2007 to great review, with DreamWorks Animation optioning the rights and adapting it into an animated feature film. Rex lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife Marie. For more information, check his website at

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection materials relate to five publications illustrated by Adam Rex, including The True Meaning of Smekday, his first novel, published in 2007. Materials include corrected typescripts, artist's dummy, drawings, and artifacts including a toy whale and a clay figurine of a head.

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.
  • Rex, Adam
  • Cowboys -- Juvenile fiction
  • Baths -- Juvenile fiction
  • Dogs -- Juvenile fiction
  • Cowboys -- Fiction
  • Baths -- Fiction
  • Dogs -- Fiction
  • Tall tales
  • Humorous stories
  • New Mexico -- Juvenile fiction
  • New Mexico -- Fiction
  • Human-alien encounters -- Fiction
  • Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction
  • Alien abduction -- Fiction
  • Missing persons -- Fiction
  • Automobile travel -- Fiction
  • Science fiction
  • Human-alien encounters -- Juvenile fiction
  • Alien abduction -- Juvenile fiction
  • Missing persons -- Juvenile fiction
  • Automobiles -- Juvenile fiction
  • Humorous fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Drawings
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem 2009  
Note Author: Mac Barnett
Box 1
Plastic toy whale figurine undated ( 1 item )  Box 1
Chu's Day 2013  
Note Author: Neil Gaiman
Box 2
Drawings, pencil on paper undated ( 6 items )  Box 2 , Folder 5
Box 3
Oil on top of print of digital underpainting, mounted undated ( 1 item )  Box 3
The Dirty Cowboy 2003  
Note Author: Amy Timberlake
Box 1
Clay figurine of cowboy's head undated ( 1 item )  Box 1
Artist's dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 1
Artist's dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 2
Moonday, 2013 
Box 2
Galley (F&G) undated  Box 2 , Folder 9
Ste-e-e-e-eamboat a-Comin'! 2005  
Note Author: Jill Esbaum
Box 2
Artist's dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 3
Artist's dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 4
The True Meaning of Smekday 2007  
Box 2
Corrected typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 6
Proof of cover and inspiration for cover undated  Box 2 , Folder 7
Drawings, pencil on paper undated ( 7 items )  Box 2 , Folder 8
Box 3
Drawings, pen and pencil on paper undated ( 2 items )  Box 3