Dr. Irvin Kerlan

1912 - 1963

(2000 Kerlan Award)


The Kerlan Award is given "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature." The books listed below are owned by the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Special Acknowledges

Dr. Irvin Kelan was chief of medical research for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. He collected children's books including what was best for the current year as well as children's classics and Newbery winners. In 1949, he stated donating his collection to the University of Minnesota. This was the start of the Kerlan Collection.


Kerlan, Irvin.(1949). Newbery and Caldecott awards; a bibliography of first editions. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press. REF PN1009.A1 K43 1949X


Hoyle, K. N. (2001). Irvin Kerlan, M.D. In R. Berman (Ed). The Kerlan Awards in children's literature, 1975-2001 (pp. 292-294). St. Paul: Pogo Press. REF PN 497 .K47 2001

Hoyle, K. N. (1998). The Kerlan Collection. The Lion and the Unicorn, 22 (3), 319-322. doi: 10.1353/uni.1998.0039 (Access for UMD faculty, staff and students)


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Tom Ambrosi, Reference Librarian
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