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Lois Darling Papers

Summary Information
Title: Lois Darling Papers
Dates: 1938-1884
Creator: Darling, Lois
Extent: 23 folders 1.4 linear ft, manuscripts and other material 10.5 cubic ft. illustrative and related material
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-121
Abstract:
The Lois Darling collection is comprised of work she did alone and with her husband, Louis Darling. When working together, the Darlings focused on natural history and environmental topics presented in a relatively simple text but with highly accurate and detailed scientific drawings. The collection contains production materials for 8 titles by Lois alone and materials for another 11 titles worked on by both husband and wife. A substantial portion of the collection is comprised of studies and rejected drawings for many titles.

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

Bulletin (Connecticut Arboretum), 195?

Canidae family tree, 2/1958

Crocodile Crew, 1949-50

Discovering Dinosaurs, 1974

Correspondence and miscellaneous materials,

Evolution of the Vertebrates, 1955

Hurricane's Secret, 1950

Middle road, The, 1961

Miscellaneous unpublished materials and studies, 1942-80

Norge Sailmakers advertising, 195?

Where the Sea Breaks it Back, 1967

Wild Voyageur, 1966

Appalachians, The, 1965

Before and After Dinosaurs, 1959

Bird, 1962

Coral Reefs, 1963

Miscellaneous materials,

Place in the Sun, A, 1968

Science of Life, The, 1961

Sea Serpents Around Us, 1965

Silent Spring, 1962

Sixty Million Years of Horses, 1960

Worms, 1972


Biographical Sketch

Lois MacIntyre was born in New York City in 1917. She studied at Grand Central School of Art, worked as a sailing instructor, and made ship models as part of the war effort. She then served in the U.S. Navy WAVES. She married Louis Darling in 1946 and began studying at Columbia University in 1947. The Darlings collaborated on natural history and ecology books for children and adults and were particularly interested in books that emphasized the vital importance of understanding our environment and the other things that share it with us (SATA, 3:58). Among other books illustrated by the Darlings was Rachel Carson's Silent Spring . Lois Darling continued writing self-illustrated books after the death of her husband in 1970. She loved sailing and was the National Women's Sailing Champion in 1941. She was elected to membership in the Society of Illustrators. She died in 1989.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 3, 64 and Contemporary Authors, (New Revised Series), vol. 3


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Lois Darling collection is comprised of production materials for 8 titles by Lois alone, dated from 1949-67, and materials for another 10 titles in collaboration with her husband, dated from 1959-72. There is also a substantial collection of studies, primarily in pencil, or ink and pencil, including preliminary studies, notes, and memos. Manuscript materials include working typescripts with several levels of rewriting. A large portion of the illustrative collection comprises studies for titles not otherwise represented in the Kerlan Collection (many are not identified), and Lois's pencil and oil studies with some production work predating her marriage. The material is arranged by title. Related collection: Darling, Louis.

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.
Subjects
  • Darling, Lois
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Bulletin (Connecticut Arboretum) 195?  
Box MF741
pencil illustrations ( 17 p. )  Box MF741
 
Canidae Family Tree 2/1958  
Box MC1090
ink illustration ( 1 p. )  Box MC1090
 
Crocodile Crew 1949-50  
Box MF1836, folder 1
correspondence ( 3 p. )  Box MF1836, folder 1
 
Discovering Dinosaurs 1974  
Box MC676
pencil layouts ( 7 p. )  Box MC676
 
Correspondence and miscellaneous materials  
Box MF 1914, folder 1
Boot Training at U.S.N.T.S. Bronx ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
rent receipt 4/28/43 ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Invitation from American Museum of Natural History , 5/23/53 ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
MUZAK program (undated) ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Clippings from 1942,45,46 ( 3 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Holograph, dated 6/15/45 ( 1 p )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Holograph, undated ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
photocopied holograph and photos ( 17 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Clippings ( 3 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Correspondence7/7/45-9/1/46 ( 3 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Evolution of the Vertebrates 1955  
Box MF 1834 folder 1,2
Correspondence ( 84 p. )  Box MF 1834 folder 1,2
Box MF 1834, folder 2
List of illustrations ( 28 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 2
Box MF 1834, folder 3
List of illustrations ( 10 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 3
 
Billing notes ( 3 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 3
 
Research material ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 3
Box MC 1090
Pencil illustrations ( 26 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Hurricane's Secret 1950  
Box MF 1836, folder 1
Correspondence ( 10 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 1
Box MC 738
Ink illustrations ( 20 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Pencil studies ( 31 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Ink and pencil studies ( 1 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Pencil and crayon study ( 1 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Pencil and watercolor study ( 1 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Tempera illustration for jacket ( 2 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Ink illustration for jacket ( 1 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Sheets proof ( 2 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Sheets proof for jacket ( 2 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Layout sheet for dimensions ( 1 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Notes ( 1 p. )  Box MC 738
 
Middle road, The 1961  
Box MF 1836, folder 2
Galley, uncorrected ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 2
Box MF1836, folder 1
Correspondence ( 36 p. )  Box MF1836, folder 1
Box MF 1836, folder 2
Notes ( 6 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 2
Box MC 676
Ink illustrations ( 13 p. )  Box MC 676
 
Pencil illustrations ( 4 p. )  Box MC 676
 
Pencil studies ( 17 p. )  Box MC 676
Box MF 1836, folder 2
Sheet proof, corrected, for title page ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 2
 
Research material ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 2
 
Photograph of L. Howland ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 2
 
Promotional materials with order blank ( 2 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 2
 
Check to Concordia Co. ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 2
 
Paste-up ( 2 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 2
 
Miscellaneous unpublished materials and studies 1942-80  
Box MC 739, 740, 742, 744
Pencil studies, undated ( 253 p. )  Box MC 739, 740, 742, 744
Box MC 744
Pencil study, 1942 ( 1 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Pencil studies, 1943 ( 2 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Pencil studies, 1944 ( 2 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Pencil studies, 1945 ( 25 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Pencil studies, 1946 ( 3 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Pencil study, 1947 ( 1 p. )  Box MC 744
Box MC 741
Pencil studies, 1953 ( 28 p. )  Box MC 741
Box MC 740
Pencil studies, 1964 ( 8 p. )  Box MC 740
Box MC 739, 740
Pencil studies, 1965 ( 19 p. )  Box MC 739, 740
 
Pencil studies, 1966 ( 31 p. )  Box MC 739, 740
Box MC 739, 740, 741
Pencil studies, 1967 ( 86 p. )  Box MC 739, 740, 741
 
Pencil studies, 1968 ( 7 p. )  Box MC 739, 740, 741
Box MC 740
Pencil studies, 1972 ( 5 p. )  Box MC 740
Box MC 739, 740
Pencil studies, 1980 ( 3 p. )  Box MC 739, 740
Box MC 744
Pencil and crayon, 1945 ( 1 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Pencil and chalk, undated ( 10 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Pencil and chalk, 1943 ( 3 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Pencil and chalk, 1944 ( 6 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Pencil and chalk, 1949 ( 19 p. )  Box MC 744
Box MC 739
Pencil and pigment, 1967 ( 3 p. )  Box MC 739
Box MC 740
Pencil and pigment, 1968 ( 1 p. )  Box MC 740
 
Pencil and pigment, 1972 ( 1 p. )  Box MC 740
 
Pencil and watercolor, 1965 ( 5 p. )  Box MC 740
 
Pencil and watercolor, 1966 ( 1 p. )  Box MC 740
 
Pencil and watercolor, 1967 ( 4 p. )  Box MC 740
 
Pencil and watercolor, 1971 ( 1 p. )  Box MC 740
Box MC 741
Pencil on gesso studies, undated ( 8 p. )  Box MC 741
 
Pencil on gesso studies, 1968 ( 33 p. )  Box MC 741
 
Pencil on gesso studies, 1969 ( 14 p. )  Box MC 741
Box MC 740
Pencil on gesso study, 1980 ( 1 p. )  Box MC 740
Box MC. 744
Ink studies, undated ( 9 p. )  Box MC. 744
Box MC 744
Ink studies, 1945 ( 2 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Oil studies, undated ( 31 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Oil study, 1940 ( 1 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Oil studies, 1941 ( 25 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Oil studies, 1942 ( 4 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Figure drawings, 1940-41  Box MC 744
 
Illustrator's proof " P.I.C. Erects a Tent " ( 1 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Greetings/Malcolm McIntyre ( 1 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Clipping ( 1 p. )  Box MC 744
 
Norge Sailmakers advertising 195?  
Box MF 1836, folder 1
Correspondence ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 1
 
Illustrator's proof sheet ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 1
 
Research material ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 1
 
Where the Sea Breaks it Back 1967  
Box MC 487
Pencil illustrations ( 15 p. )  Box MC 487
 
Wild Voyageur 1966  
Box MC 745
Pencil illustrations, one with 1 overlay ( 10 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Appalachians, The 1965  
Box MC 676
Pencil illustrations ( 18 p. )  Box MC 676
 
Before and After Dinosaurs 1959  
Box MC 263
Pencil, ink, and watercolor illustration for jacket with 2 separations ( 1 p. )  Box MC 263
 
Pencil, ink, and watercolor illustrations ( 35 p. )  Box MC 263
 
Ink illustrations ( 6 p. )  Box MC 263
 
Pencil study for title page ( 1 p. )  Box MC 263
 
Pencil study for title page text ( 1 p. )  Box MC 263
 
Title page layout ( 1 p. )  Box MC 263
 
Page proof, title page text ( 1 p. )  Box MC 263
 
Bird 1962  
Box MF 1834, folder 4
Holograph ( 31 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 4
Box MF 1834, folder 2
Holograph and typescript, corrected ( 38 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 2
 
Typescript, corrected ( 3 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 2
Box MF 1834, folder 1
Typescript, corrected ( 26 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 1
 
Typescript corrected, carbon ( 24 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 1
Box MF 1834, folder 2
Typescript corrected, carbon ( 18 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 2
Box MF 1902, folder 7-12
Page proof, corrected ( 265 p. )  Box MF 1902, folder 7-12
Box MF 1834, folder 4,6,7. MF 1902, folder 7
Correspondence ( 36 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 4,6,7. MF 1902, folder 7
Box MF 1834, folder 1,2,3. MF 1902, folder 7
Notes ( 101 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 1,2,3. MF 1902, folder 7
Box MF 1834, folder 3
Clippings and reviews ( 45 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 3
Box MC 740
Ink illustration ( 1 p. )  Box MC 740
Box MC 1090
Ink illustrations ( 210 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Pencil illustrations ( 9 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Pencil and ink illustrations ( 6 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Pencil studies ( 96 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Colored pencil studies ( 4 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Photocopy, reduced ( 1 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Illustrator's notes ( 23 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Illustration negatives ( 5 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Research material: photographs ( 3 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Layout page sketches with notes ( 17 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Silverprint ( 1 p. )  Box MC 1090
 
Coral Reefs 1963  
Box MC 487
Pencil illustrations ( 4 p. )  Box MC 487
 
Pencil studies ( 46 p. )  Box MC 487
 
Sheet proof for jacket ( 1 p. )  Box MC 487
 
Layout ( 40 p. )  Box MC 487
 
Sheet proof, colored ( 1 p. )  Box MC 487
 
Correspondence ( 1 p. )  Box MC 487
 
Miscellaneous materials  
Box MF 1914, folder 1
Royalty statements ( 57 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
Box MF 1914, folder 2
Holograph ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 2
 
Copyright registration ( 4 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 2
 
Correspondence from publishers ( 43 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 2
Box MF 1914, folder 3,4,5
Correspondence, chiefly to and from children ( 138 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 3,4,5
Box MF 1914, folder 6
Correspondence, general ( 11 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 6
 
Clippings ( 3 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 6
 
Place in the Sun, A 1968  
Box MF 1841, folder 1
Holograph ( 49 p. )  Box MF 1841, folder 1
Box MC 1841, folder 17-18
Typescript and holograph, corrected ( 51 p. )  Box MC 1841, folder 17-18
Box MF 1347, folder 20
Typescript for bibliography ( 11 p. )  Box MF 1347, folder 20
 
Typescript for bibliography, carbon ( 10 p. )  Box MF 1347, folder 20
Box MF 1841, folder 2-5
Typescript, corrected ( 196 p. )  Box MF 1841, folder 2-5
Box MF 1841, folder 5-8
Typescript, corrected ( 129 p. )  Box MF 1841, folder 5-8
Box MF 1841, folder 8-9
Typescript, corrected, partial photocopy ( 68 p. )  Box MF 1841, folder 8-9
Box MF 1841, folder 10-11
Typescript, corrected ( 87 p. )  Box MF 1841, folder 10-11
Box MF 1841, folder 11-14
Typescript, corrected carbon ( 144 p. )  Box MF 1841, folder 11-14
Box MF 1841, folder 14-15
Typescript, corrected, partial carbon ( 63 p. )  Box MF 1841, folder 14-15
Box MF 1841, folder 15-17
Typescript, corrected (1st typed draft) ( 77 p. )  Box MF 1841, folder 15-17
Box MF 1841, folder 18-19
Typescript for illustration captions ( 65 p. )  Box MF 1841, folder 18-19
Box MF 1841, folder 19
Galley proof for captions, corrected ( 5 p. )  Box MF 1841, folder 19
Box MF 1347, folder 20
Galley proof, corrected ( 30 p. )  Box MF 1347, folder 20
Box MF 1347, folder 21
Correspondence with original outline, 2 pp ( 29 p. )  Box MF 1347, folder 21
Box MF 1347, folder 21-22
Notes ( 62 p. )  Box MF 1347, folder 21-22
Box MF 1347, folder 22
Examples of type sizes ( 6 p. )  Box MF 1347, folder 22
Box MF 1347, folder 23
Illustrator's blueprints with cover letter ( 17 p. )  Box MF 1347, folder 23
 
Page proof with holograph notes on separate page ( 129 p. )  Box MF 1347, folder 23
Box MC 745
Pencil and ink illustrations, one with one separation ( 58 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Pencil illustration for jacket ( 1 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Pencil study for jacket ( 1 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Pencil layouts ( 24 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Notes for layouts ( 2 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Science of Life, The 1961  
Box MF 1914, folder 1
Typescript, corrected, for jacket copy ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Typescript, corrected carbon of jackey copy ( 2 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Photocopy of jacket copy ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Proof of jacket ( 2 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Correspondence ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Notes ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Notes on damage to illustrators by borrowers ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
 
Jacket layout notes ( 2 p. )  Box MF 1914, folder 1
Box MC 730
Ink illustrations ( 156 p. )  Box MC 730
 
Pencil studies ( 6 p. )  Box MC 730
 
Blueprint ( 56 p. )  Box MC 730
 
Illustration lettering, 2 pieces in an envelope ( 2 p. )  Box MC 730
 
Sea Serpents Around Us 1965  
Box MC 745
Pencil studies ( 129 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Binder's directions ( 1 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Notes ( 1 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Silver proofs ( 4 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Silverprints ( 5 p. )  Box MC 745
 
Silent Spring 1962  
Box MC 747
Pencil studies ( 26 p. )  Box MC 747
 
Notes ( 4 p. )  Box MC 747
 
Sixty Million Years of Horses 1960  
Box MF 1836, folder 3
Holograph, corrected ( 71 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 3
Box MF 1836, folder 1
Typescript and holograph ( 25 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 1
Box MF 1836, folder 2
Typescript, corrected ( 43 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 2
Box MF 1836, folder 1
Typescript, corrected carbon ( 24 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 1
Box MF 1836, folder 4
Correspondence ( 11 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 4
 
Notes ( 25 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 4
 
Clippings ( 2 p. )  Box MF 1836, folder 4
Box MC 272
Ink illustration ( 1 p. )  Box MC 272
 
Pencil illustration ( 1 p. )  Box MC 272
Box MC 271, 272
Pencil and oil illustrations ( 27 p. )  Box MC 271, 272
Box MC 271
Pencil, oil, and watercolor illustration ( 1 p. )  Box MC 271
 
Pencil, ink, and watercolor illustration ( 1 p. )  Box MC 271
Box MC 272
Pencil and oil illustration for title page ( 1 p. )  Box MC 272
 
Pencil, ink, and oil illustration with 2 separations, for jacket ( 1 p. )  Box MC 272
Box lMC 272
Ink illustration for cover ( 1 p. )  Box lMC 272
Box MC 272
Silverprint halfsize reduction of cover illustration ( 1 p. )  Box MC 272
 
Worms 1972  
Box MF 1834, folder 1
Typescript, corrected ( 17 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 1
Box MF 1834, folder 2,4
Correspondence ( 93 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 2,4
Box MF 1834, folder 3,4
Notes ( 26 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 3,4
Box MF 1834, folder 2
Layout notes ( 2 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 2
Box MF 1834, folder 3
Reviews ( 19 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 3
 
Research materials ( 13 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 3
Box MF 1834, folder 2
Pencil study for jacket ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 2
 
Jacket ( 1 p. )  Box MF 1834, folder 2
Box MC 676
Pencil illustrations ( 31 p. )  Box MC 676
 
Pencil studies ( 192 p. )  Box MC 676
 
Pencil dummy in 4 parts ( 4 p. )  Box MC 676
 
Pencil illustration for jacket with 1 separation ( 1 p. )  Box MC 676
 
Pencil study for jacket ( 7 p. )  Box MC 676
Box MC676
Photographs ( 2 p. )  Box MC676