Beinecke Top Tens: American Children’s Literature

April 13, 2013

By Nancy Kuhl

Betsey Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children’s Literature
Call #: GEN MSS 764

Finding Aid:
Collection consists of manuscripts (correspondence and drafts of writings), illustration material (drawings in all media, photographs, book dummies, and printing blocks and plates), and publication proofs by various authors and artists including Louisa May Alcott, Alexander Anderson, Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, Gelett Burgess, Harrison Cady, Palmer Cox, F. O. C. Darley, W. W. Denslow, Jo Mora, Peter Newell, and Symeon Shimin, as well as work produced for the McLoughlin Brothers publishing house. Also present are penmanship exercise books, samplers, and other school work produced by American children including John Hancock and his brother Ebenezer, letters of advice written to children by prominent figures such as Samuel Clemens, Charles Dodgson, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington, and writings created by and for Native American children.

Ludwig Bemelmans, illustrations for Madeline and the Bad Hat, circa 1956
Call #: GEN MSS 876
Orbis Record:

The collection is comprised of a blank dummy book containing 52 pencil drawings by Bemelmans, most with typescript text, for his book Madeline and the Bad Hat (Viking Press, 1956), accompanied by two drawings of children, in ink, watercolor, graphite, and tempera, both signed by the artist.

Roald Dahl, The Gremlins: from the Walt Disney Company/ by Flight Lieutenant Roald Dahl (Roald Dahl’s first book)
Call #: Shirley +1216
Orbis Record:

Edgar Parin and Ingri D’Aulaire (author of D’Aulaire Book of Greek Myths) Papers, circa 1910-1985
Call #: GEN MSS 874
Finding Aid:
The collection consists of art work, writings, notes and research papers, correspondence, printed material, motion picture film, art supplies, photographs and other related papers, documenting the D’Aulaires’ creative process and collaborative work as authors and illustrators of children’s books.

L. Frank Baum Collection
Call #: YCAL MSS 13
Finding Aid:

The papers contain writings, production reviews, programs and advertisements, plus correspondence and other papers concerned with the collecting, publishing, and producing of Baum and his works.

Pictured: L. Frank Baum; with pictures by W. W. Denslow, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, G. M. Hill Co, 1900.
Call #: Za B327 900W
Orbis Record:

Miriam Schlein papers
Call #: GEN MSS 621
Finding Aid:
The collection consists primarily of writings, including drafts and manuscripts, and research material, as well as correspondence, clippings, printed material, photographs, slides, phonographic records and other material. The collection documents Miriam Schlein’s career as a children’s author and her process of researching and writing books on natural history and related topics.

Ethel May Gate Papers
Call #: GEN MSS 250

Finding Aid:
Includes typescript and holograph manuscripts of Gate’s collections of stories and poems for children, including “Punch & Robinetta”, “The Fortunate Days”, and “Tales from the Enchanted Isles”, among others. Other writings include the essay collection “The Harvest of the Years” and individual short stories, poems, novels, and plays, including two acts completing Sir James M. Barrie’s unfinished play, “Shall We Join the Ladies?”. Also in the collection are actors’ annotated copies of many of the plays, a letter from Joan Luxton, a personal reflection concerning Gate’s father, and manuscript copies of four nineteenth century songs.

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) Collection
Call #: Za Clemens; Uncat Za Clemens

Finding Aid:
Correspondence, notes, contracts, writings, scrapbook, clippings and printed material related to the work or Mark Twain.

Washington Irving, The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, gent. [pseud.]
Call #: Za lr8 819scj
Orbid Record:

Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
Call #: 2000 1185
Orbid Record:

Compiled by Ariel Doctoroff, Y2013

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