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Dick Gackenbach Papers

Summary Information
Title: Dick Gackenbach Papers
Dates: 1987
Creator: Gackenbach, Dick
Extent: 1 folder
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-306
The collection contains materials for one title, Jack and the Whoopee Wind, published in 1987.

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

Access and Use
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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.


Jack and the Whoopee Wind, 1987

Biographical Sketch

Dick Gackenbach was born February 9, 1927 , in Allentown, PA; son of William and Gertrude (Reichenbach) Gackenbach and received a rural upbringing. After a stint in the Navy, he attened Jameson Franklin School of Art, NY and Abbott School of Art, Washington, DC. His early career included working for J.C. Penny Co. as a paste-up artist, where he eventually became a creative director and freelance author and illustrator. After 20 years he moved to a second career as children's author and illustrator. He became a consultant for art education for children with disabilities in 1988. His love and interest in dogs is often reflected in his writing.

Awards included Children's Choice designation, Internation Reading Assoication and Children's Book Council, 1978, for Mother Rabbit's Son Tom ; Garden State Children's Book Award, New Jersey Library Association, 1979, for Hattie Rabbit; Outstanding Book citation, New York Times, 1981, for McGoogan Moves the Mighty Rock ; Book of the Year citiation, Child Study Assocation of America, 1985, for Mag the Magnificent . His books contain stories based on childhood experiences, jokebooks, mysterious events and often contain large colorful artwork. His themes emphasise the importance of affection, generosity, courage, and tolerance. Since 1954 he has illustrated over twenty books for other authors.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 79, p. 74-78

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials for one title, Jack and the Whoopee Wind, by Mary Calhoun.

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.
  • Gackenbach, Dick
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Jack and the Whoopee Wind 1987 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1987
Box MC 513
xeroxed dummy (1 )  Box MC 513