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Summary Information

CREATOR:                     Clement Hurd


TITLE:                             Clement Hurd Papers


DATES:                           undated


VOLUME:                       0.5 linear feet




ACQUISITION:              The papers were donated by Thacher Hurd in 2003.


ACCESS:                        The papers are open for research.

COPYRIGHT:                 Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.


PROCESSED BY:           Matthew Borrego and Minith Adam Real, 2008.


These papers were given by Thacher Hurd to the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in 2003.



Collection is non-circulating; in-house research use only.



The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for “private study, scholarship, or research.” It is the user’s responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than the noted above.


Biographical Sketch

Clement Hurd was born on January 12, 1908, in New York City. He was one of five children born to Richard M. Hurd, a mortgage banker, and Lucy Hurd. At thirteen, Hurd was sent to boarding school, where he began his artistic pursuits. He began with drawing and painting; to which later in his career would be added woodcut prints.


Hurd received a Ph.B. from Yale University in 1930, after which he went to Paris to study painting for two years. In 1933 he came back to New York and became a free-lance designer and painter. In 1938 he was asked to illustrate the book The Runaway Bunny by children's author Margaret Wise Brown, beginning a productive partnership for the two. Their third book, Goodnight Moon, was a tremendous success and has never gone out of print.


In the late 1930s, under the advice of Margaret Wise Brown, Hurd joined a group called the Writer's Laboratory, whose members explored the creation of literature for the youngest of children. One of Hurd's fellow members in the group was writer Edith Thacher, whom Clement Hurd married on June 24, 1939. The Hurds soon began a prolific collaboration in their shared field, producing over seventy-five books together over a forty-year period, with Edith as the author and Clement as the illustrator.


Clement Hurd served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1946 in rescue, intelligence, and education capacities. 1949 saw the birth of the Hurd's son, John Thacher Hurd, who would in time become an author and illustrator of children's books himself, under the name Thacher Hurd. In the decades that followed Clement Hurd and Edith Thacher Hurd continued their lengthy partnership; their final book together was published in 1980.


After suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for about two years, Hurd died of pneumonia at a convalescent hospital in 1988, at the age of 80. 



Something about the Author, vol. 64, pp. 125-131.

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Scope and Content

The Clement Hurd papers contain a single piece of original artwork from the book Christmas Eve.  The artwork was not dated. It is placed in the Books Series.

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Series and Subseries


A.          Books (undated)


1.           Christmas Eve (1962)

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Box Inventory




A.          Books (undated)


1.           Christmas Eve by Edith Thacher Hurd, illustrated by Clement Hurd (New York: Harper & Row, 1962)


              1/1                       Woodcut print titled "Study for 'Christmas Eve'", undated, 1 item

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