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Michael Berenstain Papers

Identifier: DG0081

Scope and Contents

The Michael Berenstain Papers contain layout sheets for two historical books published in 1977 and 1978. The material is organized into a single series for books and is arranged alphabetically by title. The material for each title is arranged chronologically in order of creation when known.


  • 1977-1978

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; Available for research

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

Michael Berenstain was born on December 21, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Stan(ley) and Jan(ice) Berenstain, creators of the Berenstain Bears book series. Inspired by his parents' work, he attended the Philadelphia College of Art from 1969-1973, and then Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1973-1974. His career in the children's book world began with a position in the children's book department of a publishing company, and he began writing and illustrating in 1975 with a series of historical books published by McKay. By the 1980s Berenstain began to emphasize fantasy and the supernatural in his work, creating a group of mythical characters called "dwarks."

With the growing popularity of the Berenstain Bears books, along with their television series, Berenstain began helping his parents with the series in the mid 1980s. Working alongside his parents in their studio eventually became his career, and was even more essential after the death of his father in 2005. Since then, he has continued to work with his mother, and has even developed a new faith-based children's series with her called the Living Lights series.


Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series, ed. James G. Lesniak (Detroit: Gale Research, 1992), 36:33-4

Something about the Author, ed. Anne Commire (Detroit: Gale Research, 1986), 45: 44


.40 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Michael Berenstain, son of the creators of the Berenstain Bears, is an author and illustrator of history, fantasy, science, and other fiction books for children. The Michael Berenstain Papers contain layout sheets for two historical books published in 1977 and 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries by Michael Berenstain in 1979.

Michael Berenstain Papers
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This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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