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Concordia University Berta and Elmer Hader Illustrations Collection

Identifier: RG 20/01

Scope and Contents

The Collection contains book illustrations and greeting cards in addition to many paper dolls. Some items have moving parts. It also includes books illustrated by the Haders, large banner-sized posters, along with personal papers and photographs.


  • 1919 - 1961

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Concordia University Libraries is the owner of the materials in the Hader Collection and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Concordia University Archives before any reproduction use. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. The status of copyright is governed by the Copyright Law of the U. S. (Title 17, U.S.C.). In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. For information about the traveling collection contact the library.

Biographical note

Elmer Stanley Hader (1889-1973) and Berta Hoerner Hader (ca. 1890-1976) were authors and illustrators of books for children. Their book, The Big Snow (New York: Macmillan, 1948), earned the Caldecott Award in 1949. The Haders also illustrated books for other authors, and Elmer Hader created four dust jackets for the works of John Steinbeck.


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Collection of Hader illustrations, cards, sketches, paper dolls, proofs, books, photographs, and personal papers.


The collection is arranged in sixteen series as follows:

  • Series 1: Finger Dolls
  • Series 2: Stand-Up Dolls
  • Series 3: Tootsie Dolls
  • Series 4: Dolly Round the World
  • Series 5: Action Toys
  • Series 6: Peep Boxes
  • Series 7: Miscellaneous Black and White Originals
  • Series 8: Miscellaneous Color Originals
  • Series 9: Book Illustration Originals
  • Series 10: Preliminary Christmas Cards
  • Series 11: Final Christmas Cards
  • Series 12: Proofs
  • Series 13: Miscellaneous Original Sketches
  • Series 14: Hader Personal (letters, personal cards, house plans, sketches), Photos
  • Series 15: Sketch-a-minute
  • Series 16: Books
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection was a gift from Joy Hoerner Rich.

    Guide to the Concordia University Berta and Elmer Hader Illustrations Collection
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    Johanna Meetz and Nolan R. Bremer
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    Repository Details

    Part of the Concordia University Archives Repository

    Concordia University
    2811 NE Holman St.
    Portland 97211-6099 USA