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Lillian Hoban papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1199

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of writings, drawings, posters, correspondence, other papers, and audiovisual materials. The writings and drawings document Lillian Hoban's career as a children's author and illustrator, including the Frances and Arthur books and her many collaborations with other authors including Miriam Cohen and Johanna Hurwitz. Audiovisual materials and born digital electronic media include interviews with Hoban and her then husband Russell Hoban.


  • circa 1950s-2000


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 83 and 86 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 84 and 85 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. on the Jockey Hollow Fund, 2013. Gift of Phoebe Hoban, 2017.


Organized into six series: I. Papers and correspondence, circa 1950s-1980s. II. Writings and artwork, 1961-1997. III. Posters, circa 1970-1994. IV. Audiovisual materials, 1968-1994. V. Electronic media, circa 2000. VI. December 2017 acquisition, undated.

Related Materials

Lillian Hoban Collection. Related materials: Russell Hoban Papers (GEN MSS 1436). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.


16.76 Linear Feet ((82 boxes) + 4 broadside)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Lillian Hoban (1925-1998)

Lillian Hoban was an American illustrator and children's author.

Guide to the Lillian Hoban Papers
by Beinecke staff, Brooke McManus
September 2014. Revised: October 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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