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Judith Liberman Papers

Identifier: 1998-0002

Scope and Content

The collection focuses exclusively on materials related to two of Judith Liberman's childrens books, The Bird's Last Song and Ice Cream Snow. Specifically, the collection houses the wood blocks used to create the illustrations of The Bird's Last Song along with the original manuscript materials used to create Ice Cream Snow. These materials include book dummies, preliminary and finished illustrations, drafts, correspondence, proofs, and sketches.


  • 1976 - 1997


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

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.


Judith Liberman was born in Israel and came to the United States after high school. She earned degrees in social studies and law from four American universities, including a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. After writing and lecturing on the law, Liberman realized her real passion lay in the arts. She has since dedicated her life to writing fiction and pursuing the arts, and has spent the last twenty years painting and creating graphic art. The greatest example of her commitment to the arts is a children's book she wrote in 1975-1976 entitled The Bird's Last Song. The book resulted from a class assignment that asked students to write a fairy tale based on autobiographical materials. Liberman's The Bird's Last Song is inspired in part by the passing of her father in 1968, and the ways in which his contributions to the world outlived him.

Liberman's artistic endeavors are not limited solely to children's books. She also created Holocaust Wall Hangings for an exhibit to coincide with the opening of the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut in 1995. She has exhibited on numerous one-woman and group shows, and her paintings and woodcuts can be found in collections throughout the world.


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The Judith Liberman papers consist of the correspondence and original manuscript materials of artist and author Judith Liberman. Specifically, the collection focuses on materials that relate to two of her children's books, The Bird's Last Song and Ice Cream Snow.

Provenance and Acquisition

The papers were donated to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center by Judith Liberman in 1997.

Separated Materials

Books written and donated by Judith Liberman, including books for children, can be found in the UConn Library catalog,

Judith Liberman Papers
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Repository Details

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

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