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Beni Montresor Collection

Summary Information
Title: Beni Montresor Papers
Dates: 1961-1991 with many undated titles
Creator: Montresor, Beni
Extent: 94 folders--mss. 3 boxes--illustrative
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1008
Abstract:
Beni Montresor's papers focus on his work as an illustrator and author of children's books. The collection contains production material for titles in English , French, or Italian. These include pencil sketches, a promotional card for a book, separations, layouts, ink and photocopy illustrations, pasteups, negative prints, jackets, corrected front matter layout proofs, photocopies of illustrations, some corrected, transparencies of illustrations, typescripts, some corrected, carbon, or photocopied, front matter, corrected, correspondence, legal agreements, holographs, some corrected, color page prints, ink and watercolor illustrations, research material, layouts, ink, watercolor and acrylic illustrations, ink studies, page prints, some colored, a jacket, artist's dummies, some corrected, pencil studies, ink studies, ink and pencil sketchbook, ink and watercolor studies, clippings, pastel illustrations on transparency, illustrations on transparency, awards, journals/sketchbooks, posters, stage blueprints, pencil and pastel illustrations and studies, ink and marker studies, costume designs, recipes, posters, set drawings for plays, and contracts,

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.

Copyright:

This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Arrangement

Great Rebellion, The, 1961

Mommies at Work, 1961

A is for Angel: Beni Montresor's ABC Picture Stories, 1969

Ah, Le Donne!,

Amorous Deceptions,

Bailiff's House, The,

Belling the Tiger, 1961

Birthday of the Infanta and Other Tales, 1982

C'era mas holta un guso,

Children's Literature Commentary,

Cinderella, 1965

Coppelia,

Delirio,

Daybreak,

Don't Wake Me up!,

Dramatis Personae,

Dragon Drummer, The, 1991

Enchantments,

Estate, The,

Fable of Glyndebourne, The,

Father,

Girasoli Scintillanti, Margherite Savillanti (Sunflowers Sparkling, Daisies Spinning),

Gospel According to Luke, The,

Gothic Night, The,

House of Flowers, House of Stars, 1962

I Saw a Ship A-Sailing, 1967

Cardinale e Il Killer Condannati A Morte, Il (The Cardinal and the Killer Condemned to Death),

Chercho Magico Deglis Dei, Il (Search for the Magic of the Circle),

Mondo, Il (The World),

Trono, Il (The Throne,

Io M'Immagino de Essere una Prinipessa e tu T'Immagini di Essere un Drago (I'll Pretend I'm a Princess and you Pretend You're a Dragon),

It is a sticky summer's day,

Derniere Fete, La (The Last Party,

Doodicesima Notte, La (Twlefth Night),

Famiglia, La,

Messe Doree, La (The Doree Harvest),

L'Amore Dei Tre Re (radio review of Kennedy Center performance,

Pronfonda Luce Dei Sensi, La (The Profound Sense of Light),

L'Enfant et les Sortileges,

Les Dix Fables d'un Conservateur (Ten Tales of a Conservative),

Gaspards, Les (The Gaspards),

Lifar,

Little Red Riding Hood, 1991

Liturgia (Liturgy),

Lo Spiritu Santo, (Holy Spirit),

May I Bring a Friend?, 1964

Miscellaneous costume designs,

Miscellaneous journals/sketchbooks,

Miscellaneous legal documents,

Miscellaneous recipes,

Miscellaneous posters,

Miscellaneous set drawings for plays,

Miscellaneous stage blueprints,

Nightingale, The, 1985

Nota Salla Mia Scenografia (Note About My Scene Designing),

On Christmas Eve, 1961

Penthesilea,

Personaggi: Il Fratello,

Picasso Studies,

Pilgrimage,

Siri the Conquistador, 1963

Sounds of a Summer Night, 1963

Star of Texas, The,

Sunday,

Tutti I bambino sanno,

Storia Veneziana, Une (A Venetian Story),

Unidentified illustrations,

United Scenic Artists Contracts,

Vangelo,

Villa Verdi,

Why Was It So?,

Witches of Venice, The, 1963


Biographical Sketch

Beni Montresor was born March 31, 1926 in Bussolengo, Italy. He studied at the Liceo Artistico in Verona, and later at the Academia de Belle Arti in Venice and the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. He worked in Italy as a newspaper film critic, author of radio plays, and set designer, and came to the United States in 1960. He continued to work as a set and costume designer for operas and musicals, and also began illustrating and writing children's books. He has illustrated many books on a wide variety of subjects and settings, has done adaptations of operas, and has worked with fiction and non-fiction. In 1965 he received the Caldecott Medal for May I Bring a Friend? a by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers. Throughout his career his illustrations have been praised by critics for their dream-like imagery that stimulates children's imagination. His drawings have also been lauded for their great sense of richness and depth.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, Vol. 3, 38


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes written and illustrative materials for works published in English, French, or Italian, and includes pencil sketches,a promotional card for a book, separations, layouts, ink and photocopied illustrations, pasteups, negative prints, jackets, corrected front matter, layout proofs, photocopies of illustrations, some corrected, transparencies of illustrations, typescripts, some corrected, carbon, or photocopied, front matter, some corrected, correspondence, legal agreements, holographs, some corrected, color page prints, ink and watercolor illuistrations, research material, layouts, ink studies, ink, watercolor and acrylic illustrations, page prints, some colored, artist's dummies, some corrected, a jacket, ink studies, pencil studies, ink and pencil sketchbook, ink and watercolor studies, clippings, pastel illustrations on transparency, illustrations on transparency, awards, posters, journals/sketchbooks, pencil and pastel illustrations and studies, stage blueprints, ink and marker studies, costume designs, recipes, posters, set drawings for plays, and contracts.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Montresor, Beni
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Great Rebellion, The 1961 
Note  New York: Harper, 1961
Box MF592 folder 1
pencil sketches on pages of corrected typescript (12 p.)  Box MF592 folder 1
 
promotional card for the book (1 p.)  Box MF592 folder 1
 
Mommies at Work 1961 
Note  New York: Knopf, 1961
Box MC836
sheet with 5 ink illustrations (1 p.)  Box MC836
 
A is for Angel: Beni Montresor's ABC Picture Stories 1969 
Note  New York: Knopf, 1969
Box MC1640
layout of endpapers with colored pencil separation (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
color separations on transparency (3 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink and photocopy illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink illustrations with text pasteup (6 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC1640
 
negative prints (39 p.)  Box MC1640
 
jackets (2 p.)  Box MC1640
 
corrected front matter layout proofs (10 p.)  Box MC1640
 
front matter pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
photocopy of illustration with holograph text for title page (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
photocopies of illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC1640
 
corrected photocopy of illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
transparencies of illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1640
 
photocopy of illustration with pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC1640
Box MF3415
typescript (15 p.)  Box MF3415
 
typescript, corrected (15 p.)  Box MF3415
 
front matter, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF3415
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF3415
 
legal agreement (2 p.)  Box MF3415
Box MC 1683
blueprints (2 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
photocopies of illustrations (56 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
photocopy of paste-ups (4 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
photocopies of illustrations with watercolor (3 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
photocopies of illustrations and ink on vellum (6 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
photocopy of paste-up with ink (1 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
photocopy of jacket with overlay (1 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
Ah, Le Donne!  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
holograph (25 p.)  Box MF3417
 
holograph, corrected (50 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Amorous Deceptions  
Note  : ,
Box MF3416
typescript (39 p.)  Box MF3416
 
typescript, corrected (97 p.)  Box MF3416
 
typescript, photocopy (92 p.q)  Box MF3416
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF3416
 
Bailiff's House, The  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
typescript, photocopy (32 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Belling the Tiger 1961 
Note  New York: Harper and Row, 1961
Box MC836
ink illustrations (6 p.)  Box MC836
 
Birthday of the Infanta and Other Tales 1982 
Note  New York: Atheneum, 1982
Box MF3415
holograph, Italian (2 p.)  Box MF3415
 
holograph, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF3415
 
typescript (10 p.)  Box MF3415
 
typescript, Italian (11 p.)  Box MF3415
 
3 typescripts, corrected (22 p.)  Box MF3415
 
4 typescripts, photocopied (60 p.)  Box MF3415
 
2 typescripts, corrected photocopy, Italian (21 p.)  Box MF3415
 
front matter, Italian (1 p.)  Box MF3415
 
front matter, photocopy (3 p.)  Box MF3415
 
correspondence (1 p.q)  Box MF3415
 
legal agreement (4 p.)  Box MF3415
 
C'era mas holta un guso  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
holograph (4 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Children's Literature Commentary  
Note  : ,
Box MF3415
typescript (24 p.)  Box MF3415
 
Cinderella 1965 
Note  New York: Knopf, 1965
Box MC836
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC836
 
ink and watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC836
Box MF3415
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF3415
 
Coppelia  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Delirio  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF3417
 
2 typescripts, photocopied (8 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Daybreak  
Note  : ,
Box MF3415
typescript, corrected (95 p.)  Box MF3415
 
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF3415
 
Don't Wake Me up!  
Note  : ,
Box MF3415
typescript, corrected photocopy (4 p.)  Box MF3415
 
Dramatis Personae  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
typescript, corrected (45 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Dragon Drummer, The 1991 
Note  New York: Delacorte Press, 1991
Box MF3419
legal agreement (11 p.)  Box MF3419
 
Enchantments  
Note  : ,
Box MF3416
holograph, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF3416
 
Estate, The  
Note  : ,
Box MF3415
typescript (77 p.)  Box MF3415
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF3415
 
Fable of Glyndebourne, The  
Note  : ,
Box MF3419
excerpt from book (4 p.)  Box MF3419
 
Father  
Note  : ,
Box MF3415
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF3415
 
Girasoli Scintillanti, Margherite Savillanti (Sunflowers Sparkling, Daisies Spinning)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
holograph, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF3417
 
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Gospel According to Luke, The  
Note  : ,
Box MF3415
typescript (87 p.)  Box MF3415
 
Gothic Night, The  
Note  : ,
Box MF3415
typescript (12 p.)  Box MF3415
 
House of Flowers, House of Stars 1962 
Note  New York: Knopf, 1962
Box MC1640
ink illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC1640
Box MF3415
2 holographs with sketches (16 p.)  Box MF3415
 
2 holographs, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF3415
 
typescript (1 p.)  Box MF3415
 
3 typescripts, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF3415
 
typescript, corrected, in Italian (46 p.)  Box MF3415
 
correspondence--1 postcard (1 p.)  Box MF3415
 
research material (1 p.`)  Box MF3415
 
layout of illustrations (1 p.)  Box MF3415
 
I Saw a Ship A-Sailing 1967 
Note  New York: Knopf, 1967
Box MF3419
legal agreements (6 p.)  Box MF3419
Box MC1640
ink, watercolor and acrylic illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
page print (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
colored page prints signed by illustrator (7 p.)  Box MC1640
 
jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
corrected ink and pencil artist's dummy (35 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink artist's dummy (10 p.)  Box MC1640
 
pencil studies with text pasteup (2 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink studies with text pasteup (2 p.)  Box MC1640
 
text pateups (2 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink and pencil sketchbook (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink sketch (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink and watercolor studies with test pasteup (3 p.)  Box MC1640
 
Cardinale e Il Killer Condannati A Morte, Il (The Cardinal and the Killer Condemned to Death)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
holograph, corrected (70 p.)  Box MF3418
 
typescript, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Chercho Magico Deglis Dei, Il (Search for the Magic of the Circle)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
2 holographs, corrected (95 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Mondo, Il (The World)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
typescript, corrected (11 p.)  Box MF3418
 
clippings, review (1 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Trono, Il (The Throne  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
2 typescripts, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Io M'Immagino de Essere una Prinipessa e tu T'Immagini di Essere un Drago (I'll Pretend I'm a Princess and you Pretend You're a Dragon)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
holograph, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF3417
 
typescript (7 p.)  Box MF3417
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF3417
 
It is a sticky summer's day  
Note  : ,
Box MF3415
typescript, corrected (41 p.)  Box MF3415
 
Derniere Fete, La (The Last Party  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Doodicesima Notte, La (Twlefth Night)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
typescript, corrected, bound (65 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Famiglia, La  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
2 holographs, corrected (15 p.)  Box MF3418
 
typescript (10 p.)  Box MF3418
 
4 typescripts, corrected (213 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Messe Doree, La (The Doree Harvest)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
2 typescripts (20 p.)  Box MF3417
 
3 typescripts, bound (185 p.)  Box MF3417
 
clippings, photocopy of review (1 p.)  Box MF3417
 
L'Amore Dei Tre Re (radio review of Kennedy Center performance  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
clippings, review (1 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Pronfonda Luce Dei Sensi, La (The Profound Sense of Light)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
holograph, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF3417
 
typescript, corrected carbon (64 p.)  Box MF3417
 
L'Enfant et les Sortileges  
Note  : ,
Box MF3419
typescript, corrected photocopy (24 p.)  Box MF3419
 
Les Dix Fables d'un Conservateur (Ten Tales of a Conservative)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
typescript (4 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Gaspards, Les (The Gaspards)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
typescript (6 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Lifar  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
typescript, corrected (24 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Little Red Riding Hood 1991 
Note  New York: Doubleday, 1991
Box MC1640
corrected photocopy of illustration with pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
corrected ink and photocopy illustrations with pasteup (3 p.)  Box MC1640
 
pastel illustrations on transparency (3 p.)  Box MC1640
 
page prints (3 p.)  Box MC1640
 
illustrations on transparency (3 p.)  Box MC1640
 
color separations (86 p.q)  Box MC1640
 
color separation layout (1 p.)  Box MC1640
Box MF3419
clippings--award (1 p.)  Box MF3419
 
legal agreement (11 p.)  Box MF3419
 
Liturgia (Liturgy)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
holograph, photocopy (1 p.)  Box MF3418
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Lo Spiritu Santo, (Holy Spirit)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
holograph, photocopy (124 p.)  Box MF3418
 
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF3418
 
May I Bring a Friend? 1964 
Note  New York: Atheneum, 1964
Box MF3415
holograph (1 p.)  Box MF3415
 
holograph, corrected, in Italian (1 p.)  Box MF3415
 
2 typescripts (21 p.)  Box MF3415
 
typescript, photocopy (1 p.)  Box MF3415
 
legal agreement (1 p.)  Box MF3415
Box MC1640
extra large finished printed illustrations from oversize publisher's dummy (3 p.)  Box MC1640
Box MC 1683
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
Miscellaneous costume designs  
Note  : ,
Box MC836
photocopies of costume studies (5 p.)  Box MC836
 
Miscellaneous journals/sketchbooks  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
journals/sketchbooks (5 p.)  Box MF3418
 
Miscellaneous legal documents  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
legal documents (137 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Miscellaneous recipes  
Note  : ,
Box MC3417
typescript, carbon (11 p.)  Box MC3417
 
Miscellaneous posters  
Note  : ,
Box MC1640
large poster of Montresor (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
large poster, certification of knighthood (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
Miscellaneous set drawings for plays  
Note  : ,
Box MC1640
photocopy pasteups (16 p.)  Box MC1640
 
transparency (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
photocopy (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
Miscellaneous stage blueprints  
Note  : ,
Box MC1640
stage blueprints (12 p.)  Box MC1640
 
Nightingale, The 1985 
Note  New York: Crown Publishers, 1985
Box MC1640
pencil and pastel illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
pencil and pastel studies (2 p.)  Box MC1640
 
color proof of illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1640
Box MF3419
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF3419
 
legal agreement (7 p.)  Box MF3419
 
Nota Salla Mia Scenografia (Note About My Scene Designing)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3418
holograph (1 p.)  Box MF3418
 
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF3418
 
On Christmas Eve 1961 
Note  New York: Young Scott Books, 1961
Box MC1640
ink illustrations (5 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink illustrations with pasteup (5 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink illustration with pasteup for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
Penthesilea  
Note  : ,
Box MF3416
clippings, 1 playbill (1 p.)  Box MF3416
 
Personaggi: Il Fratello  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
typescript, corrected (74 p.)  Box MF3417
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Picasso Studies  
Note  : ,
Box MC1640
ink pasteups (5 p.)  Box MC1640
 
photocopies of illustrations (5 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink studies (4 p.)  Box MC1640
 
Pilgrimage  
Note  : ,
Box MF3416
typescript, carbon (2 p.)  Box MF3416
 
typescript, bound (84 p.)  Box MF3416
 
typescript, corrected, fax (4 p.)  Box MF3416
 
typescript, corrected photocopy, Italian (57 p.)  Box MF3416
 
Siri the Conquistador 1963 
Note  New York: Harper and Row, 1963
Box MC836
ink title page illustration (1 p.)  Box MC836
 
Sounds of a Summer Night 1963 
Note  New York: Young Scott Books, 1963
Box MC836
illustration (1 p.)  Box MC836
 
Star of Texas, The  
Note  : ,
Box MF3416
typescript (79 p.)  Box MF3416
 
typescript (101 p.)  Box MF3416
 
typescript, corrected (57 p.)  Box MF3416
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF3416
 
Sunday  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
2 holographs, corrected, Italian (14 p.)  Box MF3417
 
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF3417
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Tutti I bambino sanno  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
holograph (4 p.)  Box MF3417
 
layout notes (1 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Storia Veneziana, Une (A Venetian Story)  
Note  : ,
Box MF3417
typescript (52 p.)  Box MF3417
 
Unidentified illustrations  
Note  : ,
Box MC1640
ink studies (6 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink and marker studies (5 p.)  Box MC1640
 
acrylic color separation (1 p.)  Box MC1640
Box MC 1683
photocopy paste-up (1 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
opera poster (1 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
pencil study for opera costume (1 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
photocopies of opera costumes (39 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
photocopy of illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1683
 
United Scenic Artists Contracts  
Note  : ,
Box MF3416
various contracts (74 p.)  Box MF3416
 
2 booklets related to contracts (98 p.)  Box MF3416
 
hospital contract (4 p.)  Box MF3416
 
insurance claim forms and cards (22 p.)  Box MF3416
 
official membership book (1 p.)  Box MF3416
 
membership dues (1 p.)  Box MF3416
 
Vangelo  
Note  : ,
Box MF3419
2 holographs, corrected (18 p.)  Box MF3419
 
Villa Verdi  
Note  : ,
Box MF3419
holograph, corrected, Italian (9 p.)  Box MF3419
 
typescript, bound, Spanish (25 p.)  Box MF3419
 
Why Was It So?  
Note  : ,
Box MC836
photocopies of illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC836
 
ink and photocopy pasteups (3 p.)  Box MC836
 
Witches of Venice, The 1963 
Note  New York: Knopf, 1963
Box MC1640
page prints (3 p.)  Box MC1640
 
page print with color study (1 p.)  Box MC1640
 
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1640
Box MF3419
holograph, corrected, Italian (12 p.)  Box MF3419
 
typescript (17 p.)  Box MF3419
 
typescript, corrected, Italian (22 p.)  Box MF3419
 
typescript, photocopy (30 p.)  Box MF3419
 
typescript, photocopy with illustrations (25 p.)  Box MF3419
 
typescript, corrected photocopy, Italian (34 p.)  Box MF3419
 
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF3419
 
front matter, photocopy (3 p.)  Box MF3419
 
front matter, photocopy, Italian (5 p.)  Box MF3419
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF3419
 
clippings, 1 card (1 p.)  Box MF3419
 
legal agreement (11 p.)  Box MF3419