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Jonathan Bean papers, 2016


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
Bean, Jonathan, 1979-
Jonathan Bean papers, 2016
Call Number:
0.92 Linear feet
This collection comprises promotional materials created by Bean for the book, Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler.
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Jonathan grew up in Pennsylvania where he enjoyed, among many things, hiking, bird watching, and drawing the landscape. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College he moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children's literature when hired by Cricket in 2004. Since then, he's worked for numerous publishers and his illustrations and writing have received widespread recognition. Jonathan currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Jonathan's clients include The New York Times, Cricket Magazine, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, Henry Holt, Bloomsbury, Houghton Mifflin, Penguin, Sterling and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His first two authored picture books, At Night and  Building Our House, won prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award for writing. His illustrations for  The Apple Pie that Papa Baked won the Ezra Jack Keats Award for new talent and Publishers Weekly named him a newcomer to watch.


Jonathan Bean, online portfolio,, accessed 2017 June 6

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two hand-stenciled envelopes created by Bean to promote his book Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler and a promotional card for the book.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection,  2017 June 21

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Christopher A. Brown


The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers by appointment. Please contact the Curator for information on access.

Use Restrictions

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.

Some of the materials in this collection may be too fragile for use without the Curator’s supervision.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Items in this colleciton were donated by Jonathan Bean unless otherwise noted.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Keene State College: Festival Gallery Collection: Jonathan Bean illustrations

Mazza Museum: Jonathan Bean illustrations

Messiah College: Ruth E. Engle Memorial Collection of Children's Book Illustration: Jonathan Bean illustrations

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)
  • Bean, Jonathan, 1979-
  • Art
  • Artists
  • Children's authors--21st century
  • Children's literature--21st century
  • Illustrated children's books--21st century

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Collection Inventory

Real Cowboys, 2016.
Map-case Drawer Folder

clrc000539.  Real Cowboys Envelope - back (1), 2016.

2 10 8

clrc000541.  Real Cowboys Envelope - back (2), 2016.

2 10 8

clrc000540.  Real Cowboys Envelope - front (1), 2016.

2 10 8

clrc000542.  Real Cowboys Envelope - front (2), 2016.

2 10 8

clrc000543.  Real Cowboys promotional card, 2016.

2 10 8