Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hoffman, Rosekrans mss., ca. 1977–1997, consists of six original signed and dated prints from noted artist Rosekrans Hoffman, children's book author and illustrator. The materials were collected by Judith Serebnick, (1929–2009), Professor Emerita of the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, whose life's work was honored by an ALA Memorial Resolution adopted by the Council of the American Library Association in January 2010.

A contemporary American author and illustrator, Rosekrans Hoffman was born January 7, 1926 in Denton, Nebraska to James Charles (a contractor) and Pearl (Hocking) Rosekrans. Although she received a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska in 1949, she did not begin practicing as a professional book illustrator until moving to Connecticut in 1971. Known for her dynamic and fanciful illustrations, Hoffman was nominated for the Caldecott Award for her work in Alexandra the Rock Eater. After living in Connecticut for many years, Hoffman returned to Lincoln, NE where she resided until her death in 2009. In addition to several other venues, her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

In addition to the art work, the collection includes eleven children's books illustrated by Hoffman which have been removed and cataloged separately. Titles include: Walter in Love, by Alicen White; Where Did That Naughty Hamster Go? by Patty Wolcott; Anna Banana, written and illustrated by Hoffman; Alexandra the Rock Eater, by Dorothy Van Woerkom; Go To Bed, by Lee Bennett Hopkins; My Mother Sends Her Wisdom, by Louise McClenathan; Sister Sweet Ella, written and illustrated by Hoffman; The Case of the Missing Hat (a Muppet book), by Greg Williams; Where Do Little Girls Grow? by Milly Limmer; The Old MacDonald Songbook, by Jane Yolen; and The Mother Goose Songbook, by Jane Yolen.

Acquired: 2010

Collection size: 6 items

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