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Dennis Nolan Papers

Identifier: 1994-0010

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials relating to twenty-two books. Mr. Nolan has either written, illustrated or contributed to the design of all of the books represented in the collection. Materials include manuscripts, book plans, revisions, drafts, sketches, some original drawings, dummies, proofs, paste ups, and production proofs (folded and gathered). There is very little finished artwork in the collection (identified as illustrations rather than sketches). The only book that came with the collection is Max's Box, which has been removed and catalogued.

Several books changed titles during the creation process. These materials are labeled according to the working title at the time of creation but are filed under the book's final title.

“Castle” The Castle Builder

“It's a Big Napping World” No Nap for Benjamin Badger

“Krysia's First Christmas in America” An Ellis Island Christmas

“Lost in Time” Dinosaur Dream

“No Nap for Me” No Nap for Benjamin Badger

“When the Mockingbird Sings” Mockingbird Morning


  • Creation: circa 1976-1994


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Dennis Nolan was born 19 October 1945, in San Francisco, CA, the son of Arthur Thomas (an opera singer) and Helen (Fortier) Nolan. He attended College of San Mateo (1963-1965), and San Jose State College (now University, B.A., 1967, M.A., 1968). Nolan began his career as a graphic artist at the San Mateo County Library (Belmont, CA, 1970-1977) and then moved on as an art instructor at Canada Junior College (Redwood City, CA, 1979-1986), San Jose State University (1983-1986) and at the College of San Mateo (1982-1986). Since 1986, Nolan has been the coordinator of illustration in the Hartford Art School in addition to illustrating many children's books. His work has received the following awards:

The Joy of Chickens,

Outstanding Science Book Award, National Science Teachers Association, 1981.

Step into the Night,

Outstanding Science Book Award, National Science Teachers Association, 1987

The Castle Builder,

Pick of the List, American Booksellers, 1987.

Top Twelve Books, 1987.

Christian Science Monitor, 1987.

Prix de Zephyr, French Librarian Award, 1988.

Step into the Night,

Parents Choice Magazine Top 15 Books, 1988.

Commonwealth Club of California award, 1988.

Legend of the White Doe,

Notable Social Studies Books selection, 1988.

Dinosaur Dream. Monster Bubbles: A Counting Book,

Golden Kite Picture Book Honor, 1990.

Junior Literary Guild selection.


10.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Children's book author and illustrator. Since 1986, Nolan has been the coordinator of illustration in the Hartford Art School.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Mr. Nolan in 1994.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to children's literature and associated artwork. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.


Source: Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2000.
Dennis Nolan Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2000 November
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Repository Details

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

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