Lois Lenski Collection, circa 1850-1977 | Special Collections & Rare Books Room at Illinois State University
Series 1: Manuscripts contains materials related to Lenski's published and unpublished written works.
Jack Horner's Pie (publisher's dummy and illustrations), Benny and his Penny (illustration), Johnny Goes to the Fair (illustration), Little Baby Ann (illustration), The Easter Rabbit's Parade (illustration), Susie Mariar (dummy made from printers proofs).
Two Brothers and Their Baby Sister (illustration), Grandmother Tippytoe (illustrations), Arabella and Her Aunts (illustration), and A Brief History of the Pettigrew Family (original manuscript).
The Little Auto (Arabic language editions), The Little Sail Boat (Arabic language edition), The Little Airplane (Arabic language edition), The Little Train (notes and sketches, Sinhalese language edition, Arabic language edition, and illustrations), The Little Farm (illustration), The Little Fire Engine (Arabic language edition), Cowboy Small (Burmese language edition, illustration), Papa Small (Burmese language edition), Songs of Mr. Small (illustration), Policeman Small (promotional sheet, publisher's press sheet, and stand-up cardboard promotional item), and promotional materials related to the series (booklets, songs, and a postcard).
Phebe Fairchild: Her Book (illustration), Indian Captive (promotional material, narrative play adapted by Gertrude Breen, book jacket, typed manuscripts, and a play based on the book).
Animals for Me (original dummy, illustration, color overlays), Davy's Day (illustration), A Dog Came to School (braille edition, illustrations), Big Little Davy (illustration), Davy and His Dog (illustration), and Davy Goes Places (illustrations).
Bayou Suzette (promotional material, Swedish language edition, illustration), Strawberry Girl (book jacket, bookmarks, recorded dramatization, illustration and promotional materials), Judy's Journey (book jacket), Boom Town Boy ("The story behind Boom Town Boy" and "Why I chose Oklahoma for the setting of Boom Town Boy" typed manuscripts), Cotton in my Sack (bookmarks, illustration), Prairie School (Thai-English bilingual edition), Mama Hattie's Girl (illustrations), Corn-Farm Boy ("The Making of a Book" scrapbook, typed manuscript, handwritten manuscript, Sinhalese language edition, Bengali language edition), San Francisco Boy (Lois Lenski Book Club Scrapbook), Flood Friday (photograph, Flood at River Bend excerpt), Houseboat Girl (photo scrapbook, correspondence, research material, handwritten manuscripts, carbon manuscripts, original typed manuscript, sketches, letters to Lenski after publication, promotional material, and illustrations), Coal Camp Girl (original typed manuscript and illustration), The Shoo-Fly Girl (illustration), and miscellaneous material and illustrations.
Forgetful Tommy (booklet), Let's Play House (illustration), and Mr. and Mrs. Noah (galley proofs, illustration, photographs of wood blocks which inspired the book).
Spring is Here (orginal dummy, illustration), Now It's Fall (original dummy), On a Summer Day (original dummy, illustration) and audio material.
Peanuts for Billy Ben (book jacket), Little Sioux Girl (illustration), We Live by the River (illustration), We Live in the Country (Illustration), and We Live in the Southwest (illustration).
I Went for a Walk (illustration), At Our House (illustration and artist's overlay), and When I Grow Up (illustration and artist's overlay).
The Life I Live: Collected Poems (proofs and illustrations), Lois Lenski's Christmas Stories (illustrations), and City Poems (illustrations).
Sub-Series 13: Articles, Essays, and Autobiographies contains a photo scrapbook, articles, programs, two audio interviews, a photograph of Lenski, and a scrapbook of doll pictures.
The Bean Pickers, Strangers in a Strange Land, and A Change of Heart.
Sub-Series 15: Illustratorcontains illustrations and proofs for materials either not written by Lenski or not published, as well as ten unidentified illustrations.
Sub-Series 16: Correspondence contains a letter from Lenski to Bernard Meeks, correspondence with Milner Library, and selected fan letters written to Lenski.
Sub-Series 17: Publishing and Promotional Materials contains materials intended to promote Lenski's books (often created by publishers) and the text of a talk entitled "Are Your Books True."
Sub-Series 18: Secondary Sources contains published monographs and journals containing a small amount of material by Lenski (for example, a book of poetry with only a single poem by Lenski).
Series 2: Dolls and Toys contains dolls and toys collected by Lenski, as well as a small number created by her. A small number of these dolls may be from the time of the American Revolution (late 18th century). This portion of the collection has been been digitized, and may be viewed on Milner Library's website through this link: Lois Lenski Doll Collection.