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Cece Bell Papers

Identifier: MS 00312

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Scope and Contents

Materials displays the creative process for Cece Bell, an award-winning alumnae (class of 1992) author and illustrator of children's books, from initial brainstorming to finished product. The collection also shows editing interactions between Bell, her husband Tom Angleberger (also class of 1992), and others. Includes story development, illustration tests and sketches.


  • Creation: circa 1988-2017


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Cece Bell (William & Mary class of 1992) is an American children’s book author and illustrator. She has published 11 books, with several other co-written with her husband, Tom Angleberger. In 2015, her graphic novel, El Deafo, won a Newberry Honor and the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids. El Deafo is the semiautobiographical story of a hearing impaired bunny who finds superpowers in her new hearing aid. Much of her work uses speech bubbles to define dialogue.


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Guide to Cece Bell Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository