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Marcia Brown Papers

Summary Information
Title: Marcia Brown Papers
Dates: 1950-1961
Creator: Brown, Marcia
Extent: .9 cu. ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-8
Marcia Brown's papers focus on her work as an illustrator of picture books. The collection consists of illustrations, including ink sketches, linoleum prints, watercolors, a watercolor and woodcut print, and a woodcut print.

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.


Anansi, the Spider Man: Jamaican Folk Tales, 1954

Dick Whittington and His Cat, 1950

Once a Mouse, 1961

Peter Piper's Alphabet: Peter Piper's Practical Principle of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation, 1959

Miscellaneous Art,

Biographical Sketch

Marcia Brown was born July 13, 1918 in Rochester, New York. She attended New York College for Teachers in Albany, New York, graduating with an A.B. in 1940. During the 1940s, Ms. Brown worked as a teacher and library assistant and began writing and illustrating children's books. Her first book, The Little Carousel, was published in 1946. While best known as an illustrator, Ms. Brown has also written and adapted many stories, the latter often based on folk and fairy tales from around the world. Her picture books have been widely praised for not only their illustrations, but also for Ms. Brown's talent for reproducing the "storytelling" quality of oral traditional literature. This particularly evident in Stone Soup and Dick Whittington and His Cat, both Caldecott Honor Books in 1948 and 1951, respectively. Throughout her career, Ms. Brown has been recognized many times with Caldecott Honor book citations and awards. Cinderella (1955), Once a Mouse (1962), and Shadow (1983) were all awarded the Caldecott, and Henry Fisherman ( 1950), Skipper John's Cook (1952), Puss in Boots (1952), and The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1954) were Caldecott Honor Books. In addition to her own work as an illustrator and adaper, Ms. Brown has also illustrated books by other authors. Ms. Brown has continued to publish picture books for the past four decades and continues to be one of the field's most widely recognized and respected author and illustrator.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains illustrations for four titles published between 1950-1961. The collection also contains one piece of miscellaneous art inscribed for Dr. Irwin Kerlan.

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.
  • Brown, Marcia
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Anansi, the Spider Man: Jamaican Folk Tales 1954 
Note  1954
Box MC 635
ink sketches [inscribed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan] (2 p.)  Box MC 635
Dick Whittington and His Cat 1950 
Note  1950
Box MC 635
linoleum print illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC 635
Once a Mouse 1961 
Note  1961
Box MC 635
watercolor and woodcut preliminary print (1 p.)  Box MC 635
woodcut preliminary print (1 p.)  Box MC 635
Peter Piper's Alphabet: Peter Piper's Practical Principle of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation 1959 
Note  1959
Box MC 635
watercolor (1 p.)  Box MC 635
miscellaneous Art  
Box MC 635
watercolor sketch with the letters "I" and "K" [inscribed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan] (1 p.)  Box MC 635