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Fritz Kredel Papers

Summary Information
Title: Fritz Kredel Papers
Dates: 1935-1963
Creator: Kredel, Fritz
Extent: 8 boxes
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-709
The collection contains focuses on Kredel's career as an illustrator, and contains illustrative production materials including ink illustrations and sketches, ink and watercolor studies and sketches, lithographs, woodcuts, page proofs, and a press proof.

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.


Adventures of Philippe, The, a Story of Old Kebec, 1949

Adventures of Pinocchio, The, 1946

Children's Book Council,

Complete Andersen, The, 1949


Geschichte von Aucassin und Nicolette, Die, 1957

H.M.S. Pinafore, 1946

Miscellaneous art,

My First Geography of the Americas, 1942

Panama Canal, The, 1951

Silent Storm, The, 1963

Slovenly Peter (Der Struwwelpeter), 1935

Soldiers of the American Army, 1775-1941, 1941

Swiss Family Robinson, 1954

Tom Paine, Freedom's Apostle, 1957

Wunderbare Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande, 1950

Biographical Sketch

Fritz Kredel was born February 8, 1900, in Michelstadt, Odenwald, Germany. He was the son or a major in the Prussian army, and was himself in the German army during WWI. In 1938 he emigrated to the United States, eventually becoming a naturalized citizen. Although he wrote a small number of books in German, his career was basically as an illustrator. He worked in a variety of styles, and illustrated in a variety of literary genres, from Plato and Shakespeare to children's books. He died on June 10, 1973.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 17

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection focus on Fritz Kredel as an illustrator, and includes ink illustrations and sketches, ink and watercolor studies and sketches, lithographs, woodcuts, page proofs, and a press proof.

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.
  • Kredel, Fritz
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Adventures of Philippe, The, a Story of Old Kebec 1949 
Note  New York: Aladdin, 1949
Box MC1006
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1006
Adventures of Pinocchio, The 1946 
Note  New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1946
Box MC1046
ink and water color study (1 p.)  Box MC1046
Children's Book Council  
Box MC1025
1 p. of 24 lithographs (1 p.)  Box MC1025
Complete Andersen, The 1949 
Note  New York: Limited Editions Club, 1949
Box MC1046
ink and watercolor sketches (4 p.)  Box MC1046
ink sketch (1 p.)  Box MC1046
Box MC231
27 original woodcuts on 3 pp. (3 p.)  Box MC231
Geschichte von Aucassin und Nicolette, Die 1957 
Note  Wiesbaden: Im Insel Verlag, 1957
Box MC1006
watercolor and woodcut illustrations, on 2 sheets (4 p.)  Box MC1006
woodcut illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1006
woodcut illustrations on 1 sheet (2 p.)  Box MC1006
H.M.S. Pinafore 1946 
Note  New York: Dutton, 1946
Box MC1046
ink and watercolor illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC1046
ink and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC1046
Box MC 219
watercolor, framed (1 p.)  Box MC 219
Miscellaneous art  
Box MC1006
woodcut (1 p.)  Box MC1006
My First Geography of the Americas 1942 
Note  Boston: Little, Brown, 1942
Box MC1059
ink and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1059
Panama Canal, The 1951 
Note  New York: Random House, 1951
Box MC1006
ink illustrations with 1 separation (2 p.)  Box MC1006
Silent Storm, The 1963 
Note  New York: Abingdon, 1963
Box MC1055
ink jacket illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC1055
ink illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC1055
Slovenly Peter (Der Struwwelpeter) 1935 
Note  New York: Marchbanks Press, 1935
Box MC1005
page proofs with illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC1005
Soldiers of the American Army, 1775-1941 1941 
Note  New York: H. Bittner & Co., 1941
Box MC 227
press proof (1 p.)  Box MC 227
Swiss Family Robinson 1954 
Note  Garden City, NY: Junior Deluxe Editions, 1954
Box MC1055
watercolor jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1055
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1055
ink illustrations on 7 boards (44 p.)  Box MC1055
Tom Paine, Freedom's Apostle 1957 
Note  New York: Crowell, 1957
Box MC1046
ink jacket illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC1046
ink calligraphy jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1046
ink illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC1046
sheet proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1046
Wunderbare Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande 1950 
Note  Weisbaden: Im Insel-verlag, 1950
Box MC1006
ink studies (4 p.)  Box MC1006