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Lili Cassel-Wronker Papers

Summary Information
Title: Lili Cassel-Wronker Collection
Dates: 1947-1993
Creator: Cassel-Wronker, Lili, 1924-
Extent: ca. 0.4 linear ft. (non-illustrative material); ca. 4.0 cubic ft. (illustrations and non-book illustrative material)
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-88
Abstract:
Lili Cassel-Wronker's papers focus on her work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection includes production material for twenty-seven titles published between 1947 and 1979, and contains illustrations done in a variety of media, some with separations, calligraphy, sketches, studies, negatives, proofs, dummies, paste-ups and two photographs. There is also a substantial amount of miscellaneous art work including some greeting cards done for the Kerlan Collection by Lili Cassel-Wronker, an un-published self-portrait, miscellaneous samples of greeting cards, art work done for some titles not verified as published or unidentified, art done for an issue of the Journal of the Long Island Book Collectors , and art done for "The Little Kerlan Golden Book" created by Lili Cassel-Wronker, and miscellaneous original art that includes some valentines done by the illustrator's children, Rona and Eytan Wronker, for Dr. Irvin Kerlan, and ephemera. The collection also includes holograph copies of a speech given by Lili Cassel-Wronker at the Children's Literature Research Collection in 1993, and some correspondence.

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.

Copyright:

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.


Arrangement

All About Us, 1972

Book of Knowledge, n.d.

Boy and the Donkey, The, 1958

Boy Wanted, 1964

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, 1963

Budongo: An African Forest and Its Chimpanzees, 1965

Chanukah Fun and Story Book, 1952

Children of the Old House, The, 1963

Clarence Darrow, 1965

Happy New Year Round the World, 1966

House Next Door, The: Utah, 1896, 1954

Jewish Heroes: Book One, 1953

Jewish Heroes: Book Two, 1956

Jolly Jingles for the Jewish Child, 1947

Joseph and Me in the Days of the Holocaust, 1979

Lament for the Small Book, A, 1961

Madame Curie, 1957

Pepys' Boy, n.d.

Picture Dictionary of Jewish Life, A, 1956

Rainbow Mother Goose, The, 1947

Riddles of Many Lands, 1956

Santa Fe, 1965

Secret of the Marmalade Cat, The, 1960

Tell Me About the Cowbarn, Daddy, 1963

To Build a Land, 1957

Unmarried Sisters, 1958

Weddings in the Family, 1956

Wonderful Shabbos, A, 1954

Yusuf: Boy of Cyprus, 1958

Correspondence and Miscellaneous, n.d.

Journal of the Long Island Book Collectors, 1991

Speech Given at the Children's Literature Research Collection, 21 June 1993

Greeting Card, 1964

Kerlan Collection Christmas Card, 1964

Kerlan Collection Christmas Card, 1965

Little Kerlan Golden Book, The, n.d.

Miscellaneous Original Art, n.d.

Self-portrait, n.d.

Miscellaneous Unidentified Art, n.d.

Miscellaneous Sketchbook Pages, n.d.

Dr. Irvin Kerlan Tribute Card, n/a


Biographical Sketch

Lili Cassel-Wronker was born May 5, 1924 in Berlin, Germany. She and her family fled the Nazis in 1938, and came to the United States in 1940. She attended the Art Students League in New York City and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Early in her career, Lili Cassel-Wronker worked for Time, Incorporated's art department, as a book jacket designer for World Publishing, and taught calligraphy. She illustrated her first children's book, The Rainbow Mother Goose , in 1947. Throughout her long and prolific career, she has illustrated many works of fiction and non-fiction, several drawing on her interest in Jewish history and life. Lili Cassel-Wronker works primarily in black and white using pen and/or ink. She characterizes her work as "linear and realistic" . Some of her works such as Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella , also demonstrate her proficiency as a calligrapher. Lili Cassel-Wronker had also worked with her husband, Erich Wronker, publishing books on their own hand press.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for twenty-seven titles published between 1947 and 1979 and contains illustrations done in a variety of media some with separations, calligraphy, sketches, studies, negatives, proofs, dummies, paste-ups, and two photographs. There is also a substantial amount of miscellaneous art work including an un-published self-portrait, greeting cards done for the Kerlan collection, samples of greeting cards, art work done for titles not verified as published or unpublished, art done for The Journal of the Long Island Book Collectors , art done for "The Little Kerlan Golden Book" created by Lili Cassel-Wronker, and some miscellaneous art work that includes valentines done by her children, Rona and Eytan, for Dr. Irvin Kerlan. There is also some correspondence and holograph copies of a speech given by Lili Cassel-Wronker at the Children's Literature Research Collection in 1993.

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.
  • Cassel-Wronker, Lili, 1924-
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
All About Us 1972 
Note  : , 1972
Box M.C. 1084
Ink and watercolor dummy with some calligraphy text (12 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Book of Knowledge n.d. 
Note  : , n.d.
Box M.C. 1453
Sheet proof for illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Boy and the Donkey, The 1958 
Note  : , 1958
Box M.C. 1453
Tempera study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Ink and pattern film sketches (7 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Ink and pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Ink sketches (16 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Boy Wanted 1964 
Note Fenisong, Ruth
New York: Harper and Row, 1964
Box M.C. 1453
Ink illustration with text proof and 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Ink illustrations (12 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Ink and tempera sketch for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Ink sketches (5 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
Box M.C. 1266
Ink illustration for cover w/text paste-up (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1266
 
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella 1963 
Note  : , 1963
Box M.C. 1453
Sheet (2 ink calligraphy sketches for jacket and 1 ink calligraphy sketch) (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Sheets ink calligraphy sketches (4 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Budongo: An African Forest and Its Chimpanzees 1965 
Note  : , 1965
Box M.C. 1453
Colored proof of endpaper map (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Chanukah Fun and Story Book 1952 
Note  : , 1952
Box M.C. 1453
Original pen and crayon drawings with ms. text (26 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Original pen and crayon drawing for title page (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Original pen and crayon drawing for table of contents (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Original pen and crayon drawings for dust jacket (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Children of the Old House, The 1963 
Note Borchard, Ruth
Garden City: Doubleday, 1963
Box M.C. 1453
Ink dummy (20 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Ink illustration with text proof and 3 separations (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Ink illustrations (25 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
Box M.C. 1266
Ink and watercolor illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1266
Box M.C. 1453
ink studies (12 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Clarence Darrow 1965 
Note  : , 1965
Box M.C. 1454
Paste up for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Photograph for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
First printing of dust jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Happy New Year Round the World 1966 
Note  : , 1966
Box M.C. 579
Ink illustrations (4 p.)  Box M.C. 579
 
Studies (56 p.)  Box M.C. 579
 
Boards of illustrations and negatives (16 p.)  Box M.C. 579
 
Sheets of negatives (2 p.)  Box M.C. 579
 
Jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 579
 
Research material (2 p.)  Box M.C. 579
 
House Next Door, The: Utah, 1896 1954 
Note  : , 1954
Box M.C. 1453
Ink illustrations (20 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Ink sketches (19 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Sheets of ink sketches (7 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Jewish Heroes: Book One 1953 
Note  : , 1953
Box M.C. 1453
Ink and crayon illustrator's dummy (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Typescript (236 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Pen and ink sketches on 1 board (6)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Pen and ink sketches (12 p.)  Box M.C. 1453
 
Jewish Heroes: Book Two 1956 
Note  : , 1956
Box M.C. 1084
Color pencil and ink studies (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Ink studies (7 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Dummy (24 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Sheet proof (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Jolly Jingles for the Jewish Child 1947 
Note  : , 1947
Box M.C. 1454
Original ink illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Joseph and Me in the Days of the Holocaust 1979 
Note  : , 1979
Box M.C. 1454
Illustrator's dummy (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Lament for the Small Book, A 1961 
Note  : , 1961
Box M.C. 1454
Original black and white illustrations (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Madame Curie 1957 
Note  : , 1957
Box M.C. 1454
ink sketches (3 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Sheet of ink sketches (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Pepys' Boy n.d. 
Note  : , n.d.
Box M.C. 1454
Ink and watercolor sketch for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Ink sketch for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Ink sketches (18 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Picture Dictionary of Jewish Life, A 1956 
Note  : , 1956
Box M.C. 1454
Ink, pencil and tempera dummy with text proof (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Ink and pencil illustrations with 1 separation (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Pencil illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Illustration on one board (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Notes (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Rainbow Mother Goose, The 1947 
Note  : , 1947
Box M.C. 1454
Ink sketches (3 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Sheets of ink sketches (3 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Watercolor studies (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Riddles of Many Lands 1956 
Note Withers, Carl and Benet, Sula
New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1956
Box M.C. 1454
Ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Tempera and ink study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Watercolor and ink study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Ink sketch (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
Box M.C. 1266
Ink illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1266
 
Santa Fe 1965 
Note  : , 1965
Box M.C. 1084
Boards with pasted illustrations most with overlays (34 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Correspondence (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Proof (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Piece of text (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Secret of the Marmalade Cat, The 1960 
Note  : , 1960
Box M.C. 1454
Ink sketches (8 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Sheet of ink sketches (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Tell Me About the Cowbarn, Daddy 1963 
Note  : , 1963
Box M.C. 580
Separations (103 p.)  Box M.C. 580
Box M.C. 1454
Tempera dummy (50 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
Box M.C. 580
Tempera study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 580
 
Paste-ups (22 p.)  Box M.C. 580
Box M.C. 1454
Ink and pencil sketch with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
Box M.C. 580
Proof sheet (1 p.)  Box M.C. 580
 
Pencil sketches (4 p.)  Box M.C. 580
 
To Build a Land 1957 
Note  : , 1957
Box M.C. 1454
Ink illustrations (21 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Ink sketches (4 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Photograph of illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Unmarried Sisters 1958 
Note  : , 1958
Box M.C. 1084
Ink study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Ink studies (22 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Weddings in the Family 1956 
Note Fife, Dale
New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1956
Box M.C. 1084
Ink illustrations (15 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Pencil study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Pencil studies (25 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
Box M.C. 129A
Pencil studies (3 p.)  Box M.C. 129A
Box M.C. 1454
Ink sketches (5 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
Box M.C. 1454
Sheet of ink sketches (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Ink illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Wonderful Shabbos, A 1954 
Note  : , 1954
Box M.C. 1454
Crayon, ink and tempera dummy with holograph and text proof (32 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
2 pencil sketches (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Yusuf: Boy of Cyprus 1958 
Note  : , 1958
Box M.C. 579
Pen and ink illustrations (22 p.)  Box M.C. 579
 
Pen and ink sketches (3 p.)  Box M.C. 579
 
Piece of text for endpaper (1 p.)  Box M.C. 579
 
Correspondence and Miscellaneous n.d. 
Note  : , n.d.
Box M.F. 2000, folder 1
Correspondence (20 p.)  Box M.F. 2000, folder 1
Box M.F. 2000, folder 2
Correspondence (17 p.)  Box M.F. 2000, folder 2
Box M.F. 2000, folder 1
Exhibit Catalog (1 )  Box M.F. 2000, folder 1
 
Bookmarks (2 p.)  Box M.F. 2000, folder 1
 
Publicity sheets (2 p.)  Box M.F. 2000, folder 1
 
Newspaper clippings containing information on Dr. Kerlan's death (2 p.)  Box M.F. 2000, folder 1
Box M.F. 3677
Pamphlets (2 pam.)  Box M.F. 3677
 
Clippings (2 p.)  Box M.F. 3677
 
Correspondence with Kerlan Collection (54 p.)  Box M.F. 3677
 
Notes (10 p.)  Box M.F. 3677
 
Photos (2 p.)  Box M.F. 3677
 
Sketch (1 p.)  Box M.F. 3677
Box M. F. 3677
Carbon copy (1 p.)  Box M. F. 3677
Box
Research materials:  Box
Box M.F. 3677
Info about Irvin Kerlan (15 p.)  Box M.F. 3677
 
Kerlan Newsletter (4 packets)  Box M.F. 3677
 
Kerlan Collection (10 pam.)  Box M.F. 3677
 
CLRC announcement (1 p.)  Box M.F. 3677
 
Journal of the Long Island Book Collectors 1991 
Note  : , 1991
Box M.C. 1084
Ink drawing for p. 158 (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
Box M.F. 2018, folder 2
Copy of journal, "Twenty-five years, 1966-1991" , no. 5 (1 p.)  Box M.F. 2018, folder 2
 
Speech Given at the Children's Literature Research Collection 21 June 1993 
Note  : , 21 June 1993
Box M.F. 2018, folder 1
Holograph (1 tablet) (44 p.)  Box M.F. 2018, folder 1
Box M.F. 2018, folder 2
Holograph and photocopy (43 p.)  Box M.F. 2018, folder 2
 
Greeting Card 1964 
Note  : , 1964
Box M.C. 1084
Hand colored greeting card (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Pencil sketches (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Layout sheet (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
 
Kerlan Collection Christmas Card 1964  
Note  : , 1964
Box M.C. 1454
Original black and white drawings (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Proof of drawings and text (3 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Copy of card (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Kerlan Collection Christmas Card 1965 
Note  : , 1965
Box M.C. 1454
Black and white drawing for envelope (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Layout with black and white drawing for card (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Copies of card and envelope (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Little Kerlan Golden Book, The n.d. 
Note  : , n.d.
Box M.C. 1454
Photostats (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Pencil sketches (20 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Watercolor sketch (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Dummy, photocopy (22 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Typescript (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Miscellaneous Original Art n.d. 
Note  : , n.d.
Box M.C. 1454
Pen and ink drawings (8 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Souvenir booklet with watercolors made for Dr. Kerlan (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Endpaper proof (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Watercolors as greeting cards (3 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Valentines to Dr. Kerlan from Rona and Eytan Wronker (7 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Samples of holiday greeting cards (11 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Miscellaneous pages (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Self-portrait n.d. 
Note  : , n.d.
Box M.C. 1454
Ink sketch (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1454
 
Miscellaneous Unidentified Art n.d. 
Note  : , n.d.
Box M.C. 1084
Sketches/studies/separations done in ink, pen, and pencil (26 p.)  Box M.C. 1084
Box M.C. 1266
Unidentified ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1266
 
Miscellaneous Sketchbook Pages n.d. 
Note  : , n.d.
Box M.C. 1266
Pencil studies (41 p.)  Box M.C. 1266
 
Ink studies (41 p.)  Box M.C. 1266
 
Pencil and marker study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1266
 
Ink and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1266
 
Ink and pencil study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1266
 
Dr. Irvin Kerlan Tribute Card n/a 
Note  : , n/a
Box MC 1453
note card (1 p.)  Box MC 1453
 
photocopy (1 p.)  Box MC 1453
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC 1453