Pinocchio books collection Edit


MSS 403 large


  • 1898-1997 (Creation)


  • 6 Linear Feet (Whole)
    6 boxes.



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections three (3) working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Pinocchio books collection, MSS 403, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Shirley Brocker Sliker.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Jeremy M. Rudlaff in May 2013.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Carlo Collodi, born Carlo Lorenzini, wrote La avventure di Pinocchio (The Adventures of Pinocchio) in 1883, introducing the world to a small wood marionette puppet name Pinocchio. Upon publication, initially in serial form in a newspaper and subsequently as a book, The Adventure of Pinocchio became a widely read and popular children's tale in Italy. The book sought to give moral guidance on coming of age, what it means to be human, and truthfulness. Pinocchio's most lasting and defining characteristic, is a nose that grows when he is lying. Pinocchio was first translated into English in 1892 by Mary Alice Murray with illustrations by Enrico Mazzanti. Walt Disney was given a copy of Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1937 while making his first animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney was drawn to the story and decided to purchase the rights. Originally set to be Disney's third feature film, after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi, but because of difficulties in the production of Bambi, Pinocchio was released in 1940 as Disney's second animated feature film. The intervening years have seen Disney release a vast collection of Pinocchio media.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Pinocchio Books Collection is comprised of six boxes and brings together Pinocchio fiction and related media, ranging from the late 1800s through the 1990s. The materials contained in the collection are Pinocchio fiction, from the original Carlo Collodi depictions of the character through to the contemporary Disney representations. The collection also includes audio media in the form of vinyl records and cassettes. Other media in the collection includes a flier and a Remco showboat stage and character set. A number of the children's books are pop-up or have movable components.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged primarily in chronological order.

  • General

    Box size varies.