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Eric Carle Collection

Summary Information
Title: Eric Carle Collection
Dates: 1971-1974
Creator: Carle, Eric
Extent: 4 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-725
Contains illustrations and studies for five of Carle's books.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Carle, Eric.

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:

Eric Carle Collection, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.

Biographical Sketch

Noted illustrator of over 70 children's books, Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, NY in 1929. He worked as a graphic designer and art director before becoming a free-lance writer, illustrator, and designer in 1963. He has received numerous awards for his books including the perennially popular, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol. 120, pp. 33-40.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains illustrations and studies for five of Carle's books including the series, My Very First Library .

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.
  • Carle, Eric
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Feathered Ones and Furry 1971  
Box 1
Transparency Paper Prints Undated  Box 1
Note  27 items
My Very First Book of Colors 1974  
Box 2
Tissue Paper Collage Undated  Box 2
Note  19 items
My Very First Book of Numbers 1974  
Box 2
Tissue Paper Collage Undated  Box 2
Note  13 items
My Very First Book of Shapes 1974  
Box 2
Tissue Paper Illustrations Undated  Box 2
Note  20 items
My Very First Book of Words 1974  
Box 2
Tissue Paper Collage Undated  Box 2
Note  25 items
My Very First Library 2006  
Box 2
Text Paste-up Undated  Box 2
Note  2 items
Unidentified Art Undated  
Box 2
Painted Panels and Tissue Paper Undated  Box 2
Note  4 items
Have You Seen My Cat 1973  
Box 3
Illustrated Paste-Up Undated  Box 3
Note  16 items
The Scarecrow Clock 1971  
Box 3
Collage Illustrations Undated  Box 3
Note  20 items
The Secret Birthday Message 1972  
Box 4
Collage Illustrations Undated  Box 4
Note  16 items