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Nicolas Mordvinoff Collection

Summary Information
Title: Nicolas Mordvinoff Papers
Dates: 1944-1964
Creator: Mordvinoff, Nicolas
Extent: 1.2 cubic ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1013
Abstract:
The Nicolas Mordvinoff papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material consisting of illustrative material for 14 titles published between 1944-1962. Illustrative materials include illustrations and studies done in a variety of media, dummies done in a variety of media, and some with holographs, a sketch, and notes; several of the items are signed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan. The collection also contains some non-original material for 2 titles, The Boy and the Forest and Sleepyhead .

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

Boy and the Forest, The, 1964

Cezar and the Music-Masker, 1951

Chaga, 1955

Christmas Bunny, The, 1953

Circus Ruckus, 1954

Daniel Boone's Echo, 1957

Finders Keepers, 1951

Four-Leaf Clover, 1959

Hortense, the Cow for a Queen, 1957

Little Tiny Rooster, The, 1960

Magic Feather Duster, The, 1958

Pepe Was the Saddest Bird, 1944

Perry the Imp, 1956

Russet and the Two Reds, 1962

Ship of Flame, The: A Saga of the South Seas, 1945

Sleepyhead, 1957


Biographical Sketch

Nicolas (Nicolas Mordvinoff) was born September 27, 1911, in St. Petersburg, Russia. His family left Russia in 1918 and later moved to France. Nicolas graduated from the University of Paris and as a student sold cartoons and illustrations to French publications. In 1934 he went to the South Pacific and spent many years there painting and developing his own style. While in Tahiti he met the author William Stone, who persuaded him to illustrate his book, Thunder Island . Nicolas did so, and illustrated other books by Stone. He came to the United States in 1946, and in 1950 began a long and prolific partnership with the author William Lipkind. In 1950 they published The Two Reds , which received a Caldecott Honor citation in 1951. The following year Nicolas won the Caldecott Award for Finders Keepers , also authored by Lipkind. Nicolas also illustrated books for other well-known children's book authors, including Marie Halun Bloch, Natalie Savage Carlson, and William O. Steele. In the late 1960s Nicolas returned to painting, and his work was exhibited in various galleries. He died on May 5, 1973, in Hampton, New Jersey. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 17


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains procduction material, consisting of illustrative material only, for 14 titles. Illustrative materials include illustrations done in a variety of media, studies done in a variety of media, dummies done in a variety of media, and some with holographs or text proof, a sketch, and notes; several of the items are signed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan. The collection also contains some non-original material for two titles, consisting of a proof dummy, and sheets reproduced from a dummy.

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.
  • Mordvinoff, Nicolas
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Boy and the Forest, The 1964 
Note  : , 1964
Box MC840
sheets reproduction of illustrator's dummy (19 p.)  Box MC840
 
Cezar and the Music-Masker 1951 
Note  : , 1951
Box MC840
ink illustration with 1 color separation (1 p.)  Box MC840
 
Chaga 1955 
Note  : , 1955
Box MC1278
pencil illustrator's dummy (48 p.)  Box MC1278
Box MF1278
ink and crayon jacket illustration on acetate (1 p.)  Box MF1278
 
Christmas Bunny, The 1953 
Note  : , 1953
Box MC840
colored pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box MC840
 
Circus Ruckus 1954 
Note  : , 1954
Box MC840
watercolor jacket studies (30 p.)  Box MC840
 
Daniel Boone's Echo 1957 
Note  : , 1957
Box MC840
tempera jacket studies (15 p.)  Box MC840
 
Finders Keepers 1951 
Note  : , 1951
Box MC73
ink and watercolor dummy (38 p.)  Box MC73
 
pencil dummy (38 p.)  Box MC73
 
ink and tempera jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC73
 
chalk and charcoal study (1 p.)  Box MC73
 
charcoal and pencil studies (3 p.)  Box MC73
 
charcoal studies (10 p.)  Box MC73
 
pencil studies (2 p.)  Box MC73
 
tempera study (1 p.)  Box MC73
 
Four-Leaf Clover 1959 
Note  : , 1959
Box MC840
ink and pencil dummy with holograph (32 p.)  Box MC840
 
Hortense, the Cow for a Queen 1957 
Note  : , 1957
Box MC1352
pencil dummy with text proof (104 p.)  Box MC1352
 
ink jacket illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC1352
 
ink illustrations (34 p.)  Box MC1352
 
collage and tempera jacket studies (14 p.)  Box MC1352
 
tempera jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1352
 
Little Tiny Rooster, The 1960 
Note  : , 1960
Box MC 1521
ink and pencil dummy (36 p.)  Box MC 1521
 
tempera jacket studies (32 p.)  Box MC 1521
 
sheets of tempera jacket studies (10 p.)  Box MC 1521
 
Magic Feather Duster, The 1958 
Note  : , 1958
Box MC840
tempera jacket studies, signed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan, 8-20-58 (6 p.)  Box MC840
 
chalk and ink study (1 p.)  Box MC840
 
tempera study (1 p.)  Box MC840
 
Pepe Was the Saddest Bird 1944 
Note  : , 1944
Box MC1070
pen and ink illustration, inscribed by the artist for Irvin '58 (1 p.)  Box MC1070
 
Perry the Imp 1956 
Note  : , 1956
Box MC840
charcoal and pencil dummy with holograph (46 p.)  Box MC840
 
Russet and the Two Reds 1962 
Note  : , 1962
Box MC840
pencil dummy with holograph (64 p.)  Box MC840
 
sheets of pencil studies (5 p.)  Box MC840
 
sheets of notes (2 p.)  Box MC840
 
sheets reproduction of illustrator's dummy with chalk (15 p.)  Box MC840
 
Ship of Flame, The: A Saga of the South Seas 1945 
Note  : , 1945
Box MC1070
black and white print, inscribed by the artist for Irvin '58 (1 p.)  Box MC1070
 
Sleepyhead 1957 
Note  : , 1957
Box MC840
proof dummy (18 p.)  Box MC840