New Dr. Seuss Materials

New books on the way for Dr. Seuss fans!

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Fans of the wildly popular Dr. Seuss children’s books may have several new books to look forward to.

More than 1,500 new materials from the personal archive of author Theodor Seuss Geisel have been donated by Audrey Geisel to the UC San Diego Library, including a variety of unpublished projects, such as "Cat Ballooning," "The Pet Shop," "Bee Watches," "How Welk Can You Spelk," "The Clock Book," and "Arabian Adventures."  

The recently donated materials are being added to the Dr. Seuss Collection in the Library's Mandeville Special Collections. The collection houses more than 10,000 items, including original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs, and memorabilia, documenting the full range of Theodor Seuss Geisel's creative achievements, from his high school activities in 1919 through his death in 1991.

"The UC San Diego Library is thrilled to receive this addition of creative materials to our fabulous Dr. Seuss Collection," said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian. "We greatly treasure our Dr. Seuss materials and view Ted Geisel as much more than one of the most popular authors of children's books. He is also a symbol of extreme creativity and innovation, values that are part of this University's DNA."    

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Copyright © Dr. Seuss Enterprises

According to Lynda Claassen, the director of the Library's Special Collections & Archives, and the longtime steward of the Dr. Seuss Collection, the new materials consist primarily of rough drafts, sketches, project notes, and creative ideas that did not come to fruition.

"They add another dimension to the wealth of materials we already hold by illustrating how this amazingly creative man expanded on early ideas with new freshness," said Claassen. "Clearly, he had many creative ideas that were never fully realized.  There are several unpublished book-length manuscripts in the gift, and these will probably be forthcoming from his publisher in the next few years."

On March 3, 2014 members of the campus and greater communities celebrated Dr. Seuss's 110th birthday anniversary.  The annual birthday bash featured a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat, as well as some 2,000 cupcakes that were served to mark the occasion.

The UC San Diego Library received Geisel's collection of drawings, notebooks, and other memorabilia after his death in 1991, and four years later Audrey Geisel made a substantial donation to support the University's Library. In 2008, Audrey Geisel made a $1 million gift to the Library to establish San Diego's first endowed university librarianship, held by Schottlaender.

Exhibits & Events

"National Poetry Month Exhibit."

  • April 1 - April 30
  • Seuss Room foyer, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Library Chimes Exhibit."

  • April 28 - June 30
  • Geisel West, 2nd floor.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"San Diego Book Arts Exhibit."

  • May 4 - June 22
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Porrajmos: The Romanies and the Holocaust with Ian Hancock."

  • May 4, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Holocaust Living History Workshop.
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

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