Hans Wilhelm Papers
Scope and Content Note
The papers consist of biographical materials including artist statements, profiles published in Something About the Author and by Scholastic; preliminary and finished artwork and project files for over 150 published works created by Wilhelm; printed materials including posters and calendars depicting the work of Wilhelm and non-English language editions of books by Wilhelm.
Over 200 books by Hans Wilhelm were digitized and included in the International Children's Digital Library (http://en.childrenslibrary.org/).
The collection is in-process, however may be accessed upon requestopen and available for research.
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Copyright is held by Hans Wilhelm.
Hans Wilhelm was born September 21, 1945 in Bremen, Germany. He attended art and business school in Germany before moving to South Africa. Wilhelm traveled throughout the world before finally settling in the United States, at which point he began to write and illustrate over 200 books children’s books that are translated into more than 30 languages. The total sales of his books are over 40 million copies worldwide.
He has written and illustrated the classic “I’ll Always Love You” and book series like the “Noodles” books, “Dinofours” (with Steve Metzger), “Bunny Trouble”, “Tyrone The Horrible”, “Waldo” and “Waldo Tell Me”, “The Funniest Books” series (with Joseph Rosenbloom) ,“Meritales” and others.
“Sharing hope, joy, and confidence with others are the main reason I create books,” says Wilhelm, “If I can bring a little light into the lives of children, I am a very happy person.”
Wilhelm now lives in Weston CT with his artist wife Judy Henderson.
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Language of Materials
The papers of German born illustrator and children's book author Hans Wilhelm.
Provenance and Acquisition
The papers were donated to Archives and Special Collections by Hans Wilhelm in 2004. A significant addition to the papers was made by Hans Wilhelm in 2019.
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