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Harry Behn Papers

Summary Information
Title: Harry Behn Papers
Dates: 1949-1971
Creator: Behn, Harry
Extent: 2.5 linear ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-108
Abstract:
Harry Behn's papers focus on his work as an author and illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for seventeen titles published between 1949 and 1971, as well as miscellaneous material dating from 1932 to 1973. Production materials include manuscript and illustrative material. There is also correspondence to and from Harry Behn, miscellaneous manuscripts for stories and speeches, miscellaneous artwork and other miscellaneous materials including articles and papers about Harry Behn, lectures and teaching material, scrapbooks with articles, clippings, and reviews, and three copies of an award.

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

All Kinds of Time, 1960

Chrysalis: Concerning Children and Poetry, 1968

Correspondence,

Cricket Songs: Japanese Haiku, 1964

Faraway Lurs, 1963

Glorious Fourth,

Golden Hive, 1966

Haiku Harvest: Japanese Haiku, Series IV , 1962

House Beyond the Meadow, 1955

Little Hill, 1949

Miscellaneous artwork,

Miscellaneous manuscript material,

Miscellaneous materials,

More Cricket Songs, 1971

Omen of the Birds, 1964

Painted Cave, 1957

Roderick, 1961

Timmy's Search, 1958

Two Uncles of Pablo, 1959

What a Beautiful Noise, 1970

Windy Morning: Poems and Pictures, 1953

Wizard in the Well, 1956


Biographical Sketch

Harry Behn was born in 1898 in Yavapai County, Arizona. He graduated from Harvard University with an SB in 1922. He worked as a scenario writer for motion pictures and later taught writing at the University of Arizona. He published his first book of poetry Siesta in 1931 and began writing children's books. Harry Behn wrote and translated poetry, especially haiku, for children. He also wrote fiction for older children and young adults including The Faraway Lurs (1963). Harry Behn illustrated many of his works and received several graphic arts awards for his artwork. He died in 1973. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, v. 2 p. 17-19, v.34, p. 40. Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 2nd ed., p. 72-73.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for seventeen titles published between 1949 and 1971. It includes corrected typescripts, corrected carbon or part carbon typescripts, corrected galley proofs, front matter, a dummy, a paste-up and research material, sketches and illustrations done in a variety of media, many with separations, dummies, preliminary prints and proofs. There is also correspondence to and from Harry Behn, including some from Eleanor Farjeon and Margaret McElderry, miscellaneous manuscripts for stories and speeches, miscellaneous artwork, articles and papers about Harry Behn, lectures and teaching material, scrapbooks and three copies of an award. The materials are arranged by title.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalogue of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalogue using these headings.
  • Behn, Harry
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
All Kinds of Time 1960 
Note  1960
Box MF 71, folder 1
Typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF 71, folder 1
 
Galley proof (3 p.)  Box MF 71, folder 1
Box MC 96
Ink illustrations with 3 separations (4 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink illustrations with 2 separations (12 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink illustrations (23 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink sketches with 2 separations (6 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Watercolor studies (11 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Sheets of proof (15 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Sheets of notes (2 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Chrysalis: Concerning Children and Poetry 1968 
Note  1968
Box MF 71, folders 1-2
Typescript, corrected (105 p.)  Box MF 71, folders 1-2
Box MF 71, folder 3
Typescript, corrected partial carbon (30 p.)  Box MF 71, folder 3
Box MF 71, folder 4
Typescript, corrected carbon (94 p.)  Box MF 71, folder 4
Box MF 71, folder 5
Typescript, corrected carbon (62 p.)  Box MF 71, folder 5
Box MF 71, folder 6
Galley proof, corrected (74 p.)  Box MF 71, folder 6
Box MF 71, folder 7
Galley proof, corrected (32 p.)  Box MF 71, folder 7
 
Correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 71, folder 7
 
Correspondence  
Box MF 75, folder 1
Correspondence (general) (156 p.)  Box MF 75, folder 1
Box MF 75, folder 9
Correspondence (personal) (59 p.)  Box MF 75, folder 9
Box MF 75, folders 2-7
Correspondence with publishers (673 p.)  Box MF 75, folders 2-7
Box MF 75, folder 8
Correspondence with Weston Woods (20 p.)  Box MF 75, folder 8
 
Cricket Songs: Japanese Haiku 1964 
Note  1964
Box MF 72, folder 1
Typescript, corrected (27 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
Box MF 72, folder 2
Dummy (72 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 2
 
Paste-up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 2
 
Faraway Lurs 1963 
Note  1963
Box MF 72, folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected (162 p.)  Box MF 72, folders 1-3
Box MC 96
Felt pen illustrations (23 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Glorious Fourth  
Box MF 72, folders 1-3
Typescript, partial carbon, corrected (154 p.)  Box MF 72, folders 1-3
Box MF 72, folders 4-6
Typescript, corrected photocopy, partial corrected carbon (151 p.)  Box MF 72, folders 4-6
 
Golden Hive 1966 
Note  1966
Box MC 96
1 pencil dummy with text proof and typescript (72 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink illustrations (15 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink sketches (3 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Paste-up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Haiku Harvest: Japanese Haiku, Series IV 1962 
Note  1962
Box MF 72, folder 1
Typescript, corrected carbon (34 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
 
House Beyond the Meadow 1955 
Note  1955
Box MF 72, folder 1
Typescript, corrected (59 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
Box MC 96
Ink Illustrations (16 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Little Hill 1949 
Note  1949
Box MF 72, folder 1
Typescript (4 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
 
Typescript, corrected (35 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
 
Typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
 
Galley proof (11 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
Box MC 96
Ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Linoleum print illustrations (24 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink sktches (2 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Linoleum preliminary prints (33 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Sheets of linoleum prints (2 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Pencil sketches (2 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Miscellaneous artwork  
Box MC 96
Ink sketches (3 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Miscellaneous manuscript material  
Box MF 72, folder 1
Typescript (1 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
 
Typescript, corrected (15 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
Box MF 72, folder 1
Typescript, corrected (12 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
Box MF 72, folder 1
Typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
 
Miscellaneous materials  
Box MF 74, folders 1-2
Articles and 2 papers about Harry Behn (4 p.)  Box MF 74, folders 1-2
Box MF 74, folder 3
Awards and citations (1 p.)  Box MF 74, folder 3
Box MF 76, folder 1
Lectures and teaching materials (89 p.)  Box MF 76, folder 1
Box MF 76 and 77, folders 3-5 and 6-8
Scrapbooks (6 p.)  Box MF 76 and 77, folders 3-5 and 6-8
 
More Cricket Songs 1971 
Note  1971
Box MF 72, folder 1
Typescript, corrected (11 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
 
Galley proof, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
 
Typescript, corrected with front matter (21 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
 
Typescript, corrected with front matter (12 p.)  Box MF 72, folder 1
 
Omen of the Birds 1964 
Note  1964
Box MF 73, folders 1-3
Typescript, partial photocopy, corrected (139 p.)  Box MF 73, folders 1-3
Box MF 73, folders 4-6
Typescript, corrected, carbon (135 p.)  Box MF 73, folders 4-6
Box MF 73, folder 7
Research material: 5 pamphlets (5 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 7
Box MC 96
Pencil sketches (17 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Painted Cave 1957 
Note  1957
Box MF 73, folder 1
Typescript, corrected carbon (55 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 1
Box MC 96
Ink, pencil and watercolor dummy (96 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink illustrations with 1 separation (18 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink illustrations (16 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Sheets pencil and watercolor sketches in one notebook (19 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink skteches (2 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Preliminary prints (2 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Roderick 1961 
Note  1961
Box MF 73, folder 1
Holograph and typescript, corrected (36 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 1
Box MF 73, folder 2
Typescript, corrected (31 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 2
 
Typescript, corrected (28 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 2
 
Timmy's Search 1958 
Note  1958
Box MF 73, folder 1
Typescript, corrected (60 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 1
 
Typescript, corrected mimeograph copy (66 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 1
 
Two Uncles of Pablo 1959 
Note  1959
Box MF 73, folder 1
Typescript, corrected (64 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 1
Box MF 73, folder 2
Typescript, corrected (62 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 2
 
What a Beautiful Noise 1970 
Note  1970
Box MF 73, folder 1
Galley proof, photocopy (2 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 1
 
Correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 1
 
Typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 1
 
Windy Morning: Poems and Pictures 1953 
Note  1953
Box MF 73, folder 1
Typescript, corrected with front matter (40 p.)  Box MF 73, folder 1
Box MC 96
Ink Illustrations (96 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink sketches (2 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Illustration proofs (6 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Sheet illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Text proofs (4 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Wizard in the Well 1956 
Note  1956
Box MC 96
Pencil dummy (64 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink illustrations (33 p.)  Box MC 96
 
Ink sketches (3 p.)  Box MC 96