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Esta Nesbitt Papers 1964-1969

Summary Information
Title: Esta Nesbitt Papers 1964-1969
Dates: 1964-1969
Creator: Nesbitt, Esta
Extent: 9.35 cu ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1140
Abstract:
The Esta Nesbitt collection includes illustrative material for 7 books and 2 jackets. Included are complete sets of production materials from initial correspondence, tear-out research materials, notes, studies, swatches, separations, illustrations, negatives, positives, photocopies, proofs, and paste-ups.

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

Audun and his Bear, 1969

Correspondence,

The Earth is on a Fish's Back: Tales of Beginnings, 1965

Jon the Unlucky, 1964

The Lady from Roanoke, 1965

The Man Who Found Nineveh, 1964

My Brother Stevie, 1967

Scarlet Sails, 1967

The Stars are Silver Reindeer, 1966

The Town Across the Water, 1963


Biographical Sketch

Esta Nesbitt (1918-1975) was a native New Yorker. She attended Traphagen School, Columbia University, and the China Institute. Later, she taught at Parson's School of Design. She began her career creating fashion, advertising and magazine art, receiving citations for her work. In 1960, while studying painting and printmaking, Esta Nesbitt illustrated The Town Across the Water with sugar-lift aquatints. Her subsequent book illustration work was marked by painstaking experimentation to produce prints that met her exacting standards for each title. Ms. Nesbitt was known for developing special techniques to create prints that expressed her perception of the text.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Esta Nesbitt collection includes illustrative material for 7 books and 2 jackets. Included are complete sets of production materials from initial correspondence, tear-out research materials, notes, studies, swatches, separations, illustrations, negatives, positives, photocopies, proofs, and paste-ups. The material is arranged by title with folder 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.
  • Nesbitt, Esta
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Audun and his Bear 1969 
Note  1969
Box M.F. 597, folder 1
typescript, corrected photocopy (24 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected, carbon (6 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 1
 
front matter, corrected photocopy (8 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 1
 
front matter, holograph, corrected (1 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 1
Box M.F. 597, folder 2
notes (29 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 2
 
research material (5 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 2
Box M.C. 412
proofs of illustrations (6 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
negative images of illustrations (19 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
positive images of illustrations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
ink illustrations (38 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
ink illustrations with overlay (19 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
tempera illustrations of cover (2 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
pencil studies (99 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
pencil and felt marker studies (7 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
felt marker studies (3 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
color pencil study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
pencil study with overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
tempera study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
tempera studies with overlay of illustrations and text paste-ups (12 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
proof of jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
proof of page (1 p.)  Box M.C. 412
Box M.C. 222
layout notes (48 p.)  Box M.C. 222
Box M.C. 412
positive images of layout notes (17 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
negative images of layout notes (16 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
color swatches (23 p.)  Box M.C. 412
 
typescript, corrected (16 p.)  Box M.C. 412
Box M.F. 597
correspondence (12 p.)  Box M.F. 597
Box M.C. 412
correspondence (1 p.)  Box M.C. 412
Box M.C. 222
notes (55 p.)  Box M.C. 222
 
Correspondence  
Box M.F. 597, folder 1
correspondence (8 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 1
 
The Earth is on a Fish's Back: Tales of Beginnings 1965 
Note  1965
Box M.F. 597, folder 2
correspondence (9 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 2
 
notes (28 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 2
Box M.F. 597, folder 1
research material (51 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 1
 
tempera illustration of jacket with partial overlay (1 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 1
Box M.C. 410
tempera illustration of jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
positive images of jacket (3 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
tempera illustrations with overlay of text of jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
pencil cover texts (4 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
tempera and pencil cover text (1 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
tempera cover texts (7 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
reproduction of cover with overlay of text with other overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
pencil illustrations (15 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
pencil and colored pencil illustrations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
pencil and ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
colored pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
ink illustrations (39 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
watercolor illustrations (5 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
watercolor and ink illustrations (4 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
tempera illustration with overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
positive image of illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
pencil studies (22 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
pencil and colored pencil studies (12 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
colored pencil studies (5 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
tempera and pencil studies (2 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
tempera studies (7 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
color swatches (4 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
notes (9 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
layout notes (7 p.)  Box M.C. 410
 
Jon the Unlucky 1964 
Note  1964
Box M.C. 408
tempera illustrations on waxed paper (4 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
reproductions of illustrations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
positive and negative images of illustrations (36 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
watercolor illustrations (4 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 408
Box M.C. 409
matted watercolor illustration with overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 409
 
watercolor illustrations (6 p.)  Box M.C. 409
 
matted watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 409
 
watercolor illustrations with overlay (19 p.)  Box M.C. 409
 
watercolor illustration with overlay with pasted reproduction from book on overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 409
Box M.C. 408
pencil studies (15 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
pencil and ink studies (3 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
pencil and tempera study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
ink studies (19 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
watercolor studies (11 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
pencil and felt marker studies (2 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
tempera studies on waxed paper (3 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
tempera study on plastic (1 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
tempera studies of cover (2 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
ink and colored pencil study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
ink study with overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
watercolor sample covers (5 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
watercolor and tempera sample covers (7 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
proof of jacket (6 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
negatives (2 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
layout notes (23 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
color swatches (6 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
watercolor and tempera swatches (5 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
notes and sketches in wirebound notebook (1 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
research material (90 p.)  Box M.C. 408
 
The Lady from Roanoke 1965 
Note  1965
Box M.C. 411
watercolor illustration with overlay for cover (2 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
watercolor illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
positive images for cover (3 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
negative images for cover (2 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
watercolor studies for cover (3 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
proof of jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
The Man Who Found Nineveh 1964 
Note  1964
Box M.C. 808
tempera illustration of jacket (2 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
tempera illustrations (23 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
tempera illustration with text (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
tempera and colored pencil illustration of jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
positive images of illustration (7 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
negative image of illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
resproduction with overlay of text paste-ups (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
pencil and ink study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
pencil studies (4 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
tempera studies (10 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
proof of jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
color swatches (2 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
layout notes (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
notes (4 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
research material (1 p.)  Box M.C. 808
 
My Brother Stevie 1967 
Note  1967
Box M.C. 411
tempera illustrations for cover (27 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
positive illustrations of cover (7 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
negative illustrations of cover (7 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
negative image with overlay in pencil of cover (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
felt marker and crayon illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
tempera illustration with overlay for cover (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
matted tempera illustration with overlay for cover (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
pencil studies of cover (8 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
proofs for cover (9 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
color swatches (10 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
layout notes for cover (6 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
Scarlet Sails 1967 
Note  1967
Box M.F. 597, folder 1
galley proof corrected (43 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 1
Box M.F. 597, folder 2
correspondence (5 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folder 2
Box M.F. 597, folders 2-3
research material (106 p.)  Box M.F. 597, folders 2-3
Box M.C. 241a
reproduction of illustration in tempera with overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
tempera illustrations (5 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
tempera illustration with reproduction overlays with color swatches attached (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
tempera illustrations with overlay (15 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
colored pencil and pencil illustrations on reproduction of illustration on tempera (9 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
colored pencil and pencil illustration with overlay of pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
colored pencil and pencil study with overlay of pencil and colored pencil study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
pencil, colored pencil, and ink study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
pencil and colored pencil study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
reproduction of illustration on tempera with overlay with colored pencil study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
ink studies (2 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
proofs of partial illustrations (5 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
color swatch (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
 
notes (2 p.)  Box M.C. 241a
Box M.C. 241c
pencil and pen study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241c
 
pencil studies (3 p.)  Box M.C. 241c
 
sketchbooks (2 p.)  Box M.C. 241c
 
proof of title page (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241c
 
color swatches (16 p.)  Box M.C. 241c
 
layout notes (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241c
 
notes (30 p.)  Box M.C. 241c
 
research material (142 p.)  Box M.C. 241c
Box M.C. 241b
typescriptink illustrations (40 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
positive images of illustrations (16 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
positive image of illustration pasted up on notes (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
positive image of illustration with pencil overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
negative images of illustration (22 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
felt marker studies (9 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
tempera studies (4 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
pencil and colored pencil studies (15 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
pencil studies for cover (4 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
pencil study with overlay of tempera study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
notes and tempera study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
pencil and colored pencil study for cover (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
pencil studies (43 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
pencil and pen study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
pencil, colored pencil, and felt marker studies (14 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
pen study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
pencil and tempera study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
proof of jacket (3 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
proofs of pages (10 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
color swatches (3 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
notes (10 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
layout notes (49 p.)  Box M.C. 241b
 
The Stars are Silver Reindeer 1966 
Note  1966
Box M.C. 407
tempera illustrations (26 p.)  Box M.C. 407
 
tempera illustrations with overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 407
 
tempera and ink illustrations with overlay (8 p.)  Box M.C. 407
Box M.C. 411
tempera illustrations (7 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
matted tempera illustration with overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
pencil and ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 411
Box M.C. 407
negative images (19 p.)  Box M.C. 407
 
positive images (7 p.)  Box M.C. 407
 
negative images with overlay (12 p.)  Box M.C. 407
 
tempera sample of cover with partial overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 407
Box M.C. 411
pencil and colored pencil studies (42 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
pencil studies (37 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
colored pencil studies (4 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
pencil and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
tempera studies (2 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
pencil, colored pencil, and ink studies (11 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
pencil and felt marker study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
felt marker, pencil, and colored pencil studies (2 p.)  Box M.C. 411
Box M.C. 407
reproductions of book (3 p.)  Box M.C. 407
 
proofs of manuscript (8 p.)  Box M.C. 407
 
proofs, pasted up with overlays (3 p.)  Box M.C. 407
 
proofs, pasted up with tempera illustrations with overlay (14 p.)  Box M.C. 407
 
reproduction pasted up on proof, pasted up on tempera with partial overlays (1 p.)  Box M.C. 407
Box M.C. 411
correspondence (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
layout notes with overlay (1 p.)  Box M.C. 411
 
The Town Across the Water 1963 
Note  1963
Box M.C. 406
etchings engraved on metal plates (23 p.)  Box M.C. 406
Box M.C. 405
etching engraved on metal (1 p.)  Box M.C. 405
Box M.C. 413
matted ink illustrations (20 p.)  Box M.C. 413
Box M.C. 405
lithographs (59 p.)  Box M.C. 405
Box M.C. 413
negative images of illustrations (4 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
positive image illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 413
Box M.C. 405
tempera text for jacket (2 p.)  Box M.C. 405
 
pencil text for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 405
 
tempera and ink illustrations for jacket (2 p.)  Box M.C. 405
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 405
 
lithographs with overlays (2 p.)  Box M.C. 405
 
lithograph with overlay of tempera illustrations (1 p.)  Box M.C. 405
Box M.C. 413
tempera studies (5 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
pencil and colored pencil study (2 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
watercolor study (15 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
pencil studies (2 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
ink studies (2 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
ink and pencil study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
crayon study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 413
Box M.C. 405
ink study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 405
Box M.C. 413
pencil study of jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
crayon and pencil study of cover (1 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
sketch/notepads (3 p.)  Box M.C. 413
Box M.C. 405
positive images for jacket (6 p.)  Box M.C. 405
 
negative images for jacket (2 p.)  Box M.C. 405
Box M.C. 413
proof of text and illustration (85 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
proofs of front matter (2 p.)  Box M.C. 413
 
proofs of cover (4 p.)  Box M.C. 413
Box M.C.405
proof of illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C.405
Box M.C. 405
text proof, pasted up for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 405
 
proof of jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 405
Box M.C. 413
correspondence (1 p.)  Box M.C. 413
Box M.C. 405
notes (14 p.)  Box M.C. 405
 
research material (90 p.)  Box M.C. 405