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Clement Hurd papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1485

Content Description

The collection contains artwork, professional and personal papers, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, journals and other papers by or relating to Clement Hurd.


  • 1902–2003
  • Majority of material found within 1944-2003


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research. Box 37 and 47: Restricted fragile material. For further information consult Access Services or the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Clement Hurd Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund and the Jockey Hollow Fund, 2016, 2018. Gift of Thacher Hurd, 2016.


Organized into four series: I: Children's Book Illustrations and Related Professional Papers, 1935 - 2003; II: Artwork, 1920 - 1983; III: Correspondence, 1902 - 1988; IV: Personal Papers, 1928 - 1997.


89.58 Linear Feet ((117 containers) )

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection contains artwork, professional and personal papers, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, journals and other papers by or relating to Clement Hurd.

Biographical / Historical

Clement Hurd (1908-1988) was an American artist. He is best known for his illustrations of children's books, particularly his collaborations with children's book author, Margaret Wise Brown on the books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.


The number 83 appears to have been inadvertantly missed in the numbering sequence for containers.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

After receipt the collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization, by Beinecke Library staff

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Clement Hurd Papers
by Beinecke staff
April 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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