Welcome to the Children's Literature Research Collections

The Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC) is an internationally recognized children's literature library and archive. A member of the University of Minnesota Libraries' Archives and Special Collections department, we hold books, manuscripts, illustrations, comic books, story papers, and other materials related to the creation of historical and modern children's literature, including archival materials and original artwork for nearly 2,000 authors and illustrators. For information on upcoming events hosted by the CLRC, see Events and News.

New Online Exhibit!

The Making of Picture Book Illustrations: What is Preseparated Art?

Did you know that it once took four pieces of artwork to create a full color picture? The following exhibit will introduce the reader to the history of children's book illustration, specifically the influence of a labor-intensive and now-obsolete process knows as preseparation. 

The Chick and the Duckling, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey, final and preseparated images

The Chick and the Duckling, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey: Finished book and preseparated sheets

This exhibit was made possible by the generous gift from Leo and Helen Wolk. Additional support was provided by The Kerlan Friends, Ariane Dewey, Ava Weiss, and Paul Zelinsky.


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