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The Maurice Sendak Collection

Identifier: 2018-0068

Scope and Contents

This collection includes artwork and other materials related to Maurice Sendak's published works, including final drawings, color separations, proofs, storyboards, lettering samples, and acetate overlays.


  • 1952 - 2003


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and available for research. Access to some material may be limited from time to time at the discretion of the Maurice Sendak Foundation and ASC staff.

Conditions Governing Use

The Maurice Sendak Collection is on deposit at the University of Connecticut. Copyright belongs to the Maurice Sendak Foundation. For questions, contact the Project Archivist for the Maurice Sendak Collection. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact The Maurice Sendak Foundation.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 10, 1928, Maurice Sendak was a largely self-taught artist who went on to illustrate over 100 books during his sixty year career. Books for which Sendak became singularly identifiable include Nutshell Library (consisting of "Chicken Soup with Rice", "Alligators All Around", "One was Johnny", and "Pierre"), Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and many others. He was honored with numerous awards, including the international 1970 Hans Christian Anderson Award, the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award given by the American Library Association, the 1996 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Sendak was the 1964 Caldecott Medal Winner for Where the Wild Things Are. He held a second career as a costume and stage designer in the late 1970s, completing work on operas by Wolfgang Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, and Maurice Ravel. Sendak moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut in 1972 with his partner, psychoanalyst Dr. Eugene Glynn, who died in 2007. He died in Connecticut on May 8, 2012.


224.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Maurice Sendak Collection includes related materials of published works created by Maurice Sendak, including final drawings, color separations, proofs, storyboards, lettering samples, and acetate overlays.


This collection is arranged chronologically by publication title. The arrangement of material within each series follows the organization scheme originally developed by the Maurice Sendak Foundation.

Related Materials

See also, The Maurice Sendak Collection of James Marshall and Billie M. Levy Collection of Maurice Sendak.



Maurice Sendak Collection
Archives & Special Collections staff
2018 November 28
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US