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Betsy Bowen papers, undated, 1989-2009

Summary Information
Title: Betsy Bowen papers
Dates: undated, 1989-2009
Creator: Bowen, Betsy
Extent: 11 boxes (3.82 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-1068
Abstract:
This collection consists of Betsy Bowen's manuscript materials and original art related to eleven children's books published between 1991 and 2010.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Bowen, Betsy

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Copyright:

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Betsy Bowen papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.


Biographical Sketch

Betsy Bowen is an illustrator, woodcut artist and award-winning author of children's and young adult books. Her popular woodcut prints and books appear in galleries throughout the country. Bowen's first children's book, Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year , was published in 1991 and showcased her distinctive illustration using woodcut prints. A number of her books draw from her experience living on the North Shore of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. Bowen runs an art studio and gallery in an old playhouse in Grand Marais, Minnesota; her website can be found at http://woodcut.com.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of manuscript materials and art related to ten titles published between 1991 and 2010 that were either written, illustrated, or both by Betsy Bowen. The manuscript materials include typescript and corrected typescripts, correspondence, notes and storyboards, dummies, research, galleys, page proofs, a CD with pdf copies of page proofs, and a cassette tape of voice readings. The original art materials include drawings, watercolors, woodblock prints, and the actual woodblocks used to create the prints.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • This 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.
  • Bowen, Betsy
  • Nature -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile literature
  • Seasons -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile literature
  • English language -- Alphabet -- Juvenile literature
  • Alphabet
  • Nature
  • Seasons
  • Forests and forestry
  • Bog ecology -- Juvenile literature
  • Bogs -- Minnesota -- Juvenile literature
  • Bog ecology ; Bogs -- Minnesota
  • Tales -- Somalia -- Juvenile literature
  • Folklore -- Somalia -- Juvenile literature
  • Cannibalism -- Folklore -- Juvenile literature
  • Somali language materials -- Bilingual
  • Tales -- Somalia
  • Folklore -- Somalia
  • Counting -- Juvenile literature
  • Natural history -- Minnesota -- Juvenile literature
  • Seasons -- Minnesota -- Juvenile literature
  • Natural history -- Minnesota
  • Country life -- Minnesota
  • Counting
  • Wolves -- Juvenile fiction
  • Christmas stories
  • Wolves -- Fiction
  • Christmas -- Fiction
  • Animals -- Fiction
  • Ducks -- Juvenile fiction
  • Legends -- Great Lakes Region (North America)
  • Ojibwa Indians -- Folklore
  • Indians of North America -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- Folklore
  • Folklore -- Great Lakes Region (North America)
  • American merganser -- Folklore
  • Ducks -- Folklore
  • Animal tracks -- Juvenile literature
  • Animals -- Habits and behavior
  • Animal tracks
  • Trolls -- Folklore
  • Folklore -- Norway
  • Zoology -- Minnesota -- Gunflint Lake Region
  • Drawings
  • Watercolors
  • Woodblock prints
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year, 1991 
Box 1
Typescript, undated  Box 1 , Folder 1
 
Correspondence with editor, 1989-2002  Box 1 , Folder 2
 
Early brainstorming notes and storyboards, undated  Box 1 , Folder 3
 
Drawings, pencil and pen, with watercolors; early sketch ideas, undated ( 5 items )  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Page proofs and review, 1991-1994  Box 1 , Folder 5
Box 2
Watercolor woodblock prints; final art A, B, C, E, G, O, T, Z, undated ( 8 items )  Box 2
 
Big Belching Bog, 2010 
Box 1
Correspondence and typescript, undated, 2009  Box 1 , Folder 6
 
Research and research photographs, undated, 2009  Box 1 , Folder 7
 
Drawings, pencil and pen; early sketches and ideas, undated  Box 1 , Folder 8
Box 2
Dummy undated  Box 2
 
Watercolors; color study and early art ideas, undated ( 2 items )  Box 2
Box
Watercolor; final art page 22-23, framed undated ( 1 item )  Box
 
Dhegdheer: A Scary Somali Folktale, 2007 
Box 1
Typescript and corrected typescript, undated, 2005  Box 1 , Folder 9
 
Correspondence, 2006  Box 1 , Folder 10
 
Dummy, storyboard, and page proofs, undated, 2006  Box 1 , Folder 11
Box 6
Dummy with watercolor art, undated  Box 6 , Folder 8
Box 1
Research, undated, 2003-2005  Box 1 , Folder 12
 
Gathering: A Northwoods Counting Book, 1995 
Box 1
Typescript and corrected typescript, 1994  Box 1 , Folder 13
 
Correspondence with editors, 1993-1995  Box 1 , Folder 14
 
Dummies, undated  Box 1 , Folder 15
 
Dummies, undated  Box 1 , Folder 16
 
Galleys, 1994  Box 3 , Folder 1
 
Photocopies of galleys, undated  Box 3 , Folder 2
 
Page proofs, undated  Box 3 , Folder 3
 
Research, 1993-1995  Box 3 , Folder 4
 
Drawings, pencil and pen on paper with watercolor; storyboard and early sketches, undated ( 11 items )  Box 3 , Folder 5
Box 2
Drawings, pencil on paper; sketch layouts, undated ( 6 items )  Box 2
 
Photocopies of art, undated  Box 2
Box 7
Color prints from woodblock art with watercolors, undated ( 28 items )  Box 7
 
Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman, 2005 
Box 3
Corrected typescript and layout notes, undated  Box 3 , Folder 6
 
Correspondence with editors, 1998-2005  Box 3 , Folder 7
 
Research and research photographs, undated  Box 3 , Folder 8
 
Storytime publicity kit, undated  Box 3 , Folder 9
 
Copy of original 1967 publication with note, undated  Box 3 , Folder 10
 
CD: pdf copy of page proofs, undated  Box 3 , Folder 11
 
Photocopies of drawings, undated  Box 3 , Folder 12
 
Drawings, pen and pencil on paper; early sketches, undated ( 25 items )  Box 3 , Folder 13
Box 2
Black and white prints from woodblock art, undated ( 9 items )  Box 2
 
Color prints from woodblock art with watercolors, undated ( 18 items )  Box 2
 
Heart Talks with Mother God, 1995 
Box 3
Correspondence with editors and notes, undated, 1994  Box 3 , Folder 14
 
Photocopies of art, undated  Box 3 , Folder 15
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; early sketches, undated ( 6 items )  Box 3 , Folder 16
 
Miscellaneous, undated 
Box 6
Dummy from How Betsy Bowen Makes Woodcuts undated  Box 6 , Folder 14
 
Pumpkin, The, undated 
Box 3
Correspondence with editors, 1991  Box 3 , Folder 17
 
Dummy, research, notes and storyboards, undated  Box 3 , Folder 18
 
Drawings, pen and pencil on paper; early sketches and storyboards, undated ( 8 items )  Box 3 , Folder 19
 
Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend, 1997 
Box 4
Typescript and corrected typescript, undated  Box 4 , Folder 1
 
Correspondence with editors, 1994-1996  Box 4 , Folder 2
 
Storyboards and notes, undated  Box 4 , Folder 3
 
Dummies, undated  Box 4 , Folder 4
 
Dummies, undated  Box 4 , Folder 5
 
Page proofs, 1997  Box 4 , Folder 6
 
Cassette tapes: Shingebiss voice and effects, 1996  Box 4 , Folder 7
 
Research and research photographs, undated, 1995  Box 4 , Folder 8
 
Drawings,pencil and pen on paper; early sketches, undated ( 17 items )  Box 4 , Folder 9
 
Drawings, pencil and pen on paper; early sketches, undated ( 8 items )  Box 4 , Folder 10
 
Watercolors; early color studies, undated ( 8 items )  Box 4 , Folder 11
Box 2
Watercolor and sketch with text, undated ( 2 items )  Box 2
 
Color prints from woodblock, undated ( 7 items )  Box 2
 
Color prints from woodblock, undated ( 25 items )  Box 2
Box 5
Color prints from woodblock, undated ( 10 items )  Box 5
 
Watercolor, sketches, and typescript mounted on posterboard, undated ( 3 items )  Box 5
 
Track It Down At Your Library, undated 
Box 6
Drawings, pen on paper with watercolors; with correspondence, undated ( 8 items )  Box 6 , Folder 8
Box 8
Print from woodblock, undated ( 1 item )  Box 8
 
Tracks in the Wild, 1993 
Box 6
Corrected typescript, 1992  Box 6 , Folder 1
 
Correspondence with editors, 1991-1993  Box 6 , Folder 2
 
Storyboards and brainstorming notes, undated, 1991-1992  Box 6 , Folder 3
 
Dummies, undated  Box 6 , Folder 4
 
Galleys, 1992  Box 6 , Folder 5
 
Research and research photographs, undated  Box 6 , Folder 6
 
Drawings, pen and pencil on paper with watercolors, undated ( 8 items )  Box 6 , Folder 7
Box 5
Watercolors on photocopies of woodblock art, undated ( 7 items )  Box 5
 
Watercolor and early sketch ideas of cover art, undated ( 6 items )  Box 5
Box 8
Color prints from woodblock, undated ( 13 items )  Box 8
 
Color prints from woodblock, undated ( 17 items )  Box 8
Box 9
Woodblock for beaver and bear, undated ( 1 item )  Box 9
 
Troll With No Heart in his Body and Other Tales of Trolls From Norway, The, 1999 
Box 6
Dummy, undated  Box 6 , Folder 10
 
Dummy, undated  Box 6 , Folder 11
 
Drawings, pen and pencil on paper; early sketches, undated ( 33 items )  Box 6 , Folder 12
 
Publicity, 1999  Box 6 , Folder 13
Box 10
Drawings, pen on paper with watercolors; storyboards and early layout ideas, undated ( 11 items )  Box 10
 
Drawings, pen and pencil on paper ; early sketches, undated ( 13 items )  Box 10
 
Color prints from woodblock, undated ( 12 items )  Box 10
Box 8
Color prints from woodblock, undated ( 22 items )  Box 8
 
Color prints from woodblock, undated ( 15 items )  Box 8
Box 7
Color prints from woodblock, undated ( 8 items )  Box 7
Box 9
Woodblocks, undated ( 2 items )  Box 9
Box 11
Woodlbock, undated ( 1 item )  Box 11
 
A Wild Neighborhood 1997 
Box 5
Color prints from woodblock, undated ( 5 items )  Box 5