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Ed Emberley Papers

Summary Information
Title: Ed Emberley Papers
Dates: 1961-1978
Creator: Emberley, Ed 1931-
Extent: 0.9 cubic ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-24
Mr. Emberley's papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's picture books. The collection includes illustrations for three titles published between 1961-1978, and illustrations for one title not verified as published. There are also two dummies for one title.

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.


Drummer Hoff, 1967

Ed Emberley's ABC, 1978

Ten Birds Say Hello,

Wing on a Flea: A Book About Shapes, 1961

Biographical Sketch

Ed Emberley was born October 19, 1931 in Malden, Massachusetts. He studied at Massachusetts College of Art, earning a B.F.A., and at the Rhode Island School of Design. Emberley married Barbara Cullen, who became his frequent collaborator, and had two children. Emberley began illustrating children's books in the 1960s. He also has written a number of books, and did illustrations for pre-adolescent textbooks. In 1967, Emberley was recognized with a Caldecott Honor citation for One Wide River to Cross , written by Barbara Emberley. The following year the Emberleys won the Caldecott for Drummer Hoff . Emberley has continued to write and illustrate children's picture books, including a number of "concept" books and a series that introduce children to drawing. Emberley is noted by critics for his ability to create pictures in a wide variety of media that "illuminate" their texts, using woodcuts, pen, ink, collage, silk screen, and pencil.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol 70, pp. 51-55.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for three titles published between 1960 and 1978, and material for one title not verified as published. It consists of illustrations including silk screen and woodcuts, as well as one pencil dummy and one pencil, ink, and collage dummy.

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.
  • Emberley, Ed 1931-
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Drummer Hoff 1967 
Note  New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1967
Box MC 33
Woodcut illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 33
Woodcut illustrations (11 p.)  Box MC 33
Ed Emberley's ABC 1978 
Note  New York: Little Brown, 1978
Box MC 808
Silk screen illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 808
Ten Birds Say Hello  
Box MC 808
Colored illustrations in a folder (8 p.)  Box MC 808
Wing on a Flea: A Book About Shapes 1961 
Note  New York: Little Brown, 1961
Box MC 808
Pencil dummy (1 p.)  Box MC 808
Pencil, ink, and collage dummy (1 p.)  Box MC 808