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Valenti Angelo Collection

Summary Information
Title: Valenti Angelo Collection
Dates: 1936-1963
Creator: Angelo, Valenti
Extent: 0.4 linear ft, 1.4 cu ft
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1120
Abstract:
Valenti Angelo's papers focus on his work as an illustrator and author of children's books. This collection includes manuscripts and/or illustrative material for fourteen titles published between 1936-1963, including one book for adults, and some miscellaneous art work.

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

Acorn Tree, The, 1958

Bells of Bleeker Street, The, 1949

Big Little Island, 1955

Hill of Little Miracles, 1942

Honey Boat, The, 1959

Japanese Fairy Tales, 1936

King John, 1958

Long Christmas, The, 1941

Look Out Yonder, 1943

Merry Marcos, The, 1963

Miscellaneous art,

Nino, 1938

Paradise Valley, 1940

Roller Skates, 1936

Rooster Club, The, 1944


Biographical Sketch

Valenti Angelo was born June 23, 1897 in Massarosa, Tuscany, Italy and came to the United States in 1905. He attended school in Italy and California and began illustrating books in 1926. During the 1930s, he illustrated a number of children's books including Ruth Sawyer's Newbery Award winner, Roller Skates (1936). In 1938, Valenti Angelo wrote and illustrated his first book, Nino , a heart-warming story that told of a young Italian boy. Critics cited the author's detailed knowledge and affectionate portrayal of country life in both words and pictures. Nino was a Newbery Honor book in 1939. Throughout his career, critics have noted "two consistent themes" in his work: love of Italy and America. His works have been widely praised for their depiction of "ordinary folks" and his belief in the "dignity of human life and the ideals of brotherhood and democracy." These themes can be seen in one of his best-known works, The Bells of Bleeker Street (1949), set in New York City's Little Italy neighborhood. Valenti Angelo continued to write children's books for the next three decades, creating mostly realistic stories but his works of fantasy shared his same basic beliefs and detailed illustrations. Valenti Angelo died on September 3, 1982.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material, with an emphasis on illustrative material, for fourteen titles published between 1936-1963. Production materials include a holograph, corrected typescripts, ink illustrations, tempera illustrations, colored illustrations, a lithograph illustration, paste ups, ink illustrations for end papers and jackets, tempera and tempera and ink studies for jackets. There is also some miscellaneous artwork. The materials are arranged by title with box level control.

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.
  • Angelo, Valenti
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Acorn Tree, The 1958 
Box MC 85
ink illustrations for end papers (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
ink illustrations (18 p.)  Box MC 85
 
sheet with 2 ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
tempera study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
Bells of Bleeker Street, The 1949 
Box MF 30
typescript, corrected (161 p.)  Box MF 30
Box MC 85
ink illustration with text proof paste-up and overlay for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
ink illustrations [1 framed] (30 p.)  Box MC 85
 
tempera and ink study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
Big Little Island 1955 
Box MC 85
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
ink illustration for end papers (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
ink illustrations (12 p.)  Box MC 85
 
ink and watercolor illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
Hill of Little Miracles 1942 
Box MC 85
ink illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC 85
 
Honey Boat, The 1959 
Box MF 30
Holograph (181 p.)  Box MF 30
Box MC 85
ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
ink illustration (16 p.)  Box MC 85
 
ink illustration for end papers (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
Japanese Fairy Tales 1936 
Box MC 85
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
King John 1958 
Box MC 85
original proposed color illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 85
 
Long Christmas, The 1941 
Box MC 85
tempera illustration for end papers (1 p.)  Box MC 85
 
tempera illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC 85
 
sheets with 4 tempera illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 85
 
Look Out Yonder 1943 
Box MC 70
ink illustration for end papers (1 p.)  Box MC 70
 
ink illustrations (15 p.)  Box MC 70
 
Merry Marcos, The 1963 
Box MF 30
typescript, corrected (147 p.)  Box MF 30
Box MC 70
ink illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC 70
 
tempera study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 70
 
proof and blueprint paste-up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 70
 
Miscellaneous art  
Box MC 70
color prints, matted (3 p.)  Box MC 70
 
black and white original drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 70
 
Nino 1938 
Box MC 70
tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 70
 
Paradise Valley 1940 
Box MC 70
lithograph illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 70
 
Roller Skates 1936 
Box MC 70
ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 70
 
ink illustration (18 p.)  Box MC 70
 
Rooster Club, The 1944 
Box MC 70
ink illustration (5 p.)  Box MC 70
 
sheet with 4 total ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 70