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Esther Averill Collection

Summary Information
Title: Esther Averill Collection
Dates: 1944-1973
Creator: Averill, Esther
Extent:
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1214
Abstract:
The Esther Averill Collection contains written and illustrative production material for five titles published between 1944 and 1973 with Harper. The original art work includes pencil sketches, ink and water illustrations, and blueprint sheets. Original manuscript material includes corrected typescripts, galley proofs, correspondence, bookmark and miscellaneous material.

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

Cat Club, The, 1944

Fire Cat, The, 1960

Hotel Cat, The, 1969

Hotel Cat, The, 1969

Jenny and the Cat Club, 1973

Jenny's Birthday Book, 1954


Biographical Sketch

Esther Averill was born July 24, 1902 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Beginning in her teens, Averill's expression in cartoons and writing frequented her local newspapers leading to her studies at Vassar College through 1923. With the 'printers ink in her blood', she began editorial work in a women's fashion newspaper. Averill hopped the Atlantic and resided within France's boarders for a decade where she became a free-lance writer and illustrator. The content switch from fashion to children in Averill's work hinged in 1931 with the publishing of Daniel Boone under her own imprinting. Domino Press experienced growing pains for the first few years, as Averill and her cohorts were learning the turns in the trade. Domino Press' motto was to specialize in 'children's picture books illustrated by gifted young artists and reproduced by means of the excellent color processes that were available'. Three years after the inception in France, Averill transported her publishing station back to the United States. In 1938, Domino Press ceased printing. Averill went on to write and illustrate over thirty pieces of work between 1931 and 1973, including The Cat Club, Jenny Lost her Scarf and Jenny's Birthday Book . Esther Averill passed away in 1992.

Biographical source: Something About the Author . Volume 28, 1982.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Esther Averill Collection contains written and illustrative production material for five titles published between 1944 and 1973 with Harper and Row. The original art work includes pencil sketches, ink and water illustrations, and blueprint sheets. Original manuscript material includes corrected typescripts, galley proofs, correspondence, bookmarks and miscellaneous material.

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.
  • Averill, Esther
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Cat Club, The 1944 
Note  New York: Harper and Brother, 1944
Box MC 550
pencil sketch for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 550
 
Fire Cat, The 1960 
Note  New York: Harper, 1960
Box MC 1356
ink illustrations (45 p.)  Box MC 1356
 
ink and watercolor illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC 1356
 
blueprint sheets [specimen sheets] for color separation (2 p.)  Box MC 1356
 
Hotel Cat, The 1969 
Note  New York: Harper and Row, 1969
Box MC 1356
ink illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1356
 
ink illustrations (54 p.)  Box MC 1356
 
Hotel Cat, The 1969 
Note  New York: Harper and Row, 1969
Box MF 42
typescript, corrected (131 p.)  Box MF 42
 
galley proof (48 p.)  Box MF 42
 
Jenny and the Cat Club 1973 
Note  New York: Harper and Row, 1973
Box MF 42
correspondence (28 p.)  Box MF 42
 
bookmark (5 p.)  Box MF 42
 
miscellaneous (6 p.)  Box MF 42
 
Jenny's Birthday Book 1954 
Note  New York: Harper, 1954
Box MC 1128
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 1128