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Betsy and Guilio Maestro Papers

Identifier: 1990-0053

Scope and Content

The collection consists of materials related to children's book authors and illustrators Betsy Maestro and Guilio Maestro. Materials in the collection consist of manuscripts, sketches, notes, correspondences, book, drafts, prints, illustrations, and galleys. Included in the collection are materials related to books published by the authors, including Snow Day, A more perfect union, Taxi: the book of city words, and Ferryboat.


  • Creation: circa 1980-1989


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.


Betsy Maestro was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in early childhood education. After receiving a master's degree in elementary guidance Maestro taught kindergarten and first grade for eleven years before leaving to start a career in writing. Since then she has produced numerous children's books with her husband whom she married in 1972.

Guilio Maestro was born in New York City and grew up in Greenwich Village. He attended the Cooper Union following high school, graduating with a fine arts degree. Maestro worked for several years as an advertiser before beginning his career in illustrating. He began working with his wife shortly afterwards, and has illustrated more than 125 children's books, including more than 50 that were written by his wife.

The Maestros have received various awards and honors for their books, which are non-fiction in focus.


3 Linear Feet : variety of media

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Materials related to children's book authors and illustrators Betsy and Guilio Maestro. The materials include illustrations, manuscripts, and notes related to works published by the pair.


Series I: Inventory (1980s)

Acquisition Information

The papers wree donated to the Thomas J. Dodd Center by Betsy and Guilio Maestro in 1990.

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.


For a complete listing of the works of the Maestros, please see
Betsy & Guilio Maestro Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2011 April
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Repository Details

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

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