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Thomas Handforth Papers

Summary Information
Title: Thomas Handforth Papers
Dates: 1938
Creator: Handforth, Thomas
Extent: 2 boxes
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-37
The provenance of this collection is unknown. Collection is non-circulating, in-house use only. Thomas Handforth's papers contain one piece of illustrative material for his Caldecott Award winning book, Mei Li , and two pieces of miscellaneous art of unknown date.

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.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Mei Li, 1938


Biographical Sketch

Thomas Handforth was born September 16, 1897, in Tacoma, WA and died October 19, 1948, in Pasadena, CA. Handforth was an artist, illustrator, and children's author. He has art work in permanent collections at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. He won the Caldecott Medal, Association for Library Service to Children, 1939, for Mei Li . Source: Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2000.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains one illustration for Mei Li and two pieces of miscellaneous art.

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.
  • Handforth, Thomas
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Mei Li 1938 
Note Handforth, Thomas
Box MC 1572
Etching and dry point illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1572
Note Handforth, Thomas
Box MC 1572
Black and white print (1 p.)  Box MC 1572
Black and white lithograph (1 p.)  Box MC 1572