Wanda Gág

Wanda Gág holding artist's palette. Location no. por 11071 p1 Wanda Gág, author, artist, and illustrator, was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, in 1893. After her father's death she took writing and illustrating jobs to help support her family. She sold many illustrations to the Minneapolis Journal and received art awards and an art scholarship to the Art Students League in New York City. Gág is best known for her children's book Millions of Cats.


  • 65 years of Wanda Gág's Millions of Cats, 1928-1993, by Michael Hearn.
    New York: Putnam & Grosset Group, c1992.
    MHS call number: PS3513.A527 M454 1992.
  • "Art for Life’s Sake," by Anne Carroll Moore.
    In Horn Book Magazine, vol. 23, no. 3 (May-June 1947).
    MHS call number: NC139.G2 H6.
  • The Artist in America: Twenty-four Close-ups of Contemporary Printmakers, by Carl Zigrosser.
    New York: A.A. Knopf, 1942.
    Wanda Gág is discussed on pages 33-44.
    MHS call number: NE508 .Z45.
  • The Gág Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America, by Julie L'Enfant.
    Afton, Minn.: Afton Historical Society Press, 2002.
    MHS call number: NC975.5.G34 L46 2002.
  • "Gág, Wanda: The Bite of the Picture Book," by Richard W. Cox.
    In Minnesota History, vol. 44, no. 7 (fall 1975): pp. 239-254.
    MHS call number: Reading Room F601.5 .M66 v.44:7, or view an electronic version of the article (PDF).
  • Growing Pains: Diaries and Drawings for the Years 1908-1917, by Wanda Gág.
    St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1984 (reprint).
    MHS call number: Reading Room NC139.G2 A3 1984.
  • "In Tribute to Wanda Gág."
    In Horn Book Magazine, vol. 23, no. 3 (May-June 1947): pp. 137-224.
    MHS call number: NC139.G2 H6.
  • Wanda Gág, by Karen Nelson Hoyle.
    New York: Twayne Publishers, 1994.
    Note: Author Karen Hoyle works at the Kerlan Special Collection of Children's Literature at the University of Minnesota.
    MHS call number NC975.5.G34 H69 1994.
  • Wanda Gág: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints, by Audur H. Winnan.
    Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993.
    MHS call number: Reading Room NE539.G34 A4 1993.
  • "Wanda Gág's Free Spirit: A Reconsideration of the Prints," by Richard Cox and Julie L’Enfant.
    In Second Impressions: Modern Prints & Printmakers Reconsidered, edited by Clinton Adams: pp. 59-64.
    Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, c1996.
    MHS call number: NE485 .S43 1996.


  • Adolf Dehn Papers.
    This archival collection (1914-1968) contains correspondence, exhibition announcements and catalogs, newspaper clippings, printed material, and photographs relating to Adolf Dehn, a lithographer and painter, and his family. Included in the collection are letters from Wanda Gág.
    MHS call number: M531 (reel 2 contains the letters from Wanda Gág).
  • Wanda Gág Photograph Collection.
    This collection includes views of Gág's birthplace in New Ulm, Minnesota, on Third Street North and her home at 226 North Washington Street and views of Wanda Gág and her family and friends, including: Stella Gág, Dehli Gáág, Nelda Gág, and Adolf Dehn.
    MHS call number: I.271 (in the A-V Collection; there are 34 photoprints mounted on 11 sheets).
  • Arthur J. Russell Papers.
    Russell was a Minneapolis journalist. His collection includes a photocopied letter (1943 Sept. 20) from illustrator and writer Wanda Gág offering advice on getting his children's story published.
    MHS call number: P1490; see the green Manuscripts Notebooks for more details.
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