This printed catalog, digital exhibit, and physical exhibit wouldn't be possible without the generous donations of time, talent, materials, and enthusiasm from all the people who worked on it.
The ABC of It is Darren Terpstra’s creative vision. Darren has been working professionally in the corporate and academic world of art and design for over 20 years, specifically at the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections for the last 15 years. During that time, he has produced over 100 exhibits featuring the special collections in projects like A Campus Divided, Becoming Minnesota, Prairie Poets, The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, America’s First Gay Wedding, and many other rich and diverse exhibitions.
Lauren Stringer is an artist, author of picture books, script writer, and theatrical designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA in Art and Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and continued her art education with the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program in NYC. She wrote and illustrated Winter is the Warmest Season, a Booklist Editor’s Choice and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky, which won the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for writing in Children’s Literature in 2012 and was a Booklist's Top Ten Art Books for 2013, and Yellow Time, a Junior Library Guild selection. Lauren's latest illustrated picture book is The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright, written by K.L. Going. Lauren designed the catalog. Her exquisite artistic vision gave the children’s book community a splendid volume they had longed to hold in their hands.
There are not enough words for how grateful we are to the interns and volunteers of the Children's Literature Reserach Collections and the staff of the University of Minnesota.
Rachel Johnson, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Zach Bednar, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Lucy Comer, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Emma Peterson, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Kaitlin Bartlett, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Rebecca Brown, St. Catherine University
Katie Retterath, St. Catherine University
Natasha Bruns, St. Catherine University
Michelle Hagan, St. Catherine University
Mathew Gawryk, University of Minnesota
Debra Frazier, exhibit
Kim Faurot, exhibit
David Hough, catalog design consultant
Jennifer M. Brown, critical friend
Patty Saidenberg, critical friend, copyediting
Elizabeth Segal, critical friend, fact checker
Paula Singer, copy editor/fact checker
Paul Von Drasek, Sales and Marketing Committee
Ellen Sugg, Sales and Marketing Committee
Annette Hughes, Sales and Marketing Committee
Larry Dorfman, Sales and Marketing Committee
Lana Miller, docent and exhibit
Chris Faust, docent and exhibit
Gretchen Wronka, docent
Verla Klassen, docent
Tracy Maurer, docent
Suzanne Zander, exhibit and office support
University of Minnesota Libraries Staff
Jennifer Claybourne, Ahnna Mahoney, University of Minnesota Digital Services
Jeremiah Moriority, Makayla Higgs, University of Minnesota CLRC Staff
Linda Greve, Grants and Community Engagement
University of Minnesota Press
Erik Anderson, Editor; Ana Bichanich, Production Editor; Heather Skinner, Publicist and Assistant Marketing Director
University of Minnesota Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Laura Lamansk, Curriculum consultant
A special thanks to Susan Rabbiner of NYPL's Exhibition Department for facilitating the permissions process that made the CLRC exhibit possible.
The ABC of It would not be possible without the financial support of The Kerlan Friends, Karen Nelson Hoyle, PhD, Ellen A. Michaelson, Norma and Bernard W. Gaffron, Suzanne Karr Schmidt, PhD, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Fred and Patricia Erisman, Gerald P. Barnaby, Helen R. Goldsmith, Marilyn Hollinshead, JoAnn M. Jonas, John W. Stewig, the Lerner Foundation, E. Eugene Peterson, Paul G. Heller, Kirstine Barnaby, Carol J. Erdahl, the Edythe Miller Family Trust, and many anonymous donors.
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