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Elizabeth Cleaver fonds [multiple media]. 



Place of creation


20 m of graphic material and other material.

Scope and content

Fonds includes original illustrations for 11 published books, from "The Wind Has Wings: Poems from Canada" (1968), to her posthumously published, "The Enchanted Caribou" (1985). The fonds includes the preliminary materials such as scribbles, sketches, drawings, research materials, readings and thoughts., and two multi-media kits for "How Summer Came to Canada" (1976), and "The Mountain Goats of Temlaham" (1976). The colour proofs, additional collage materials and lino-cuts are often included.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
LMS container
from 1 to 15
from 17 to 89
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.
Other accession no.
1985-12 LMS

Terms of use

Copyright varies. The recipient of copies is responsible for determining whether material is subject to copyright and whether use of it does or does not constitute an infringement of copyright under the Copyright Act. Credit Library and Archives Canada.

Graphic material; textual records; kits Finding aid available. Consult archivist. 90 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

Artist, illustrator, storyteller, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1939. She studied at Concordia University, the College of Sarospatak, Hungary, and L'École des Beaux-arts, Montreal. Her M.A. thesis, written in 1980 for Concordia University, explores the literary, symbolic and visual content in the illustration of a text. She worked for a Toronto advertising firm before turning to picture-book illustration in 1966-1967 at the suggestion of the renowned graphic artist, Allan Fleming. Shortly after, William Toye invited her to illustrate a book of Canadian poetry for children. The ensuing publication of "The Wind Has Wings: Poems from Canada" (1968), launched Elizabeth Cleaver into the world of book illustration. Her illustrated tales, retold by William Toye and others, include: "How Summer Came to Canada", "The Mountain Goats of Temlahem", "Canadian Wonder Tales", "The Witch of the North", "The Loon's Necklace", "The Fire Stealer", "Petrouchka", "The New Wind Has Wings" and "The Enchanted Cariboo". Cleaver introduced the use of collage technique to create backgrounds and forms using coloured textures, and sometimes included natural materials such as grass, birchbark, evergreen branches and fur.

Elizabeth Cleaver's many awards include the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians' (CACL) Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Medal for outstanding illustration for "The Wind has Wings: Poems from Canada" and honour book citations for "How Summer Came to Canada" and "The Mountain Goats of Temlaham", all in 1971; Best Book of the Year for Children Medal from the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians in 1974 for "The Miraculous Hind: A Hungarian Legend"; and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Medal for "The Loon's Necklace" in 1978 and the Canada Council Children's Literature Prize for illustration in English for "Petrouchka" in 1980. In 1986, the Canadian Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) established the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture-Book Award.

Subject heading

1. Littérature de jeunesse Archives.
2. Children Literature Archives.