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 (ASC), 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 1700 authors and illustrators. For information on upcoming events hosted by the CLRC, see Events and News.

Launching the Blue Ox Review

Curator Lisa Von Drasek has a new book review blog! Check out all her latest posts at the Blue Ox Review.

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Ox in front of Minnesota map

New Online Exhibit!

Children's Book Art: Techniques and Media

Explore the world of illustration with our newest online exhibit! Children's Book Art: Techniques and Media is an educational exhibit that takes you through the various media used by some of the country's most talented artists. From collage to watercolor to scratchboard, dive in to learn more!

4 tile collage of illustrations

Illustrations by E. B. Lewis, Gustaf Tenggren, Lauren Stringer, & Beth Krommes


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Use collection guides (or finding aids) that describe a collection of archival records, personal papers, or manuscripts to locate material for your research. The guide may be a brief summary or a detailed description and inventory.
Search digitized images, maps, films and videos, audio tapes, rare volumes and publications, and select items from archival collections.
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Explore the University of Minnesota Libraries catalog for information about rare and special books, periodicals, and other publications held by the Children's Literature Research Collections.