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Edgar and Ingri (Mortenson) Parin d'Aulaire Papers

Summary Information
Title: Edgar and Ingri Parin d'Aulaire paperes
Dates: 1932-1976
Creator: d'Aulaire, Edgar and Ingri Parin
Extent: 3 boxes, 10 lithograph stones
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-123
Abstract:
Collection focuses on the couple's work as illustrators of children's books. Collection contains illustrative material for 12 titles published between 1932-76. Illustrative materials include lithograph illustrations, lithograph prints, illustration proofs, studies, a watercolor sketch, a dummy, and a poster. Collection also contains ten lithograph stones for the title The Terrible Troll-Bird and some miscellaneous artwork consisting of lithographs and a pencil and ink with wash illustration.

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

Abraham Lincoln, 1939

Buffalo Bill, 1952

Conquest of the Atlantic, The, 1933

Don't Count Your Chicks, 1943

George Washington, 1936

Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, 1962

Leif the Lucky, 1941

Miscellaneous art,

Norse Gods and Giants (D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths), 1967

Ola, 1932

Pocahontas, 1946

Sidsel Longskirt and Solve Suntrap: Two Children of Norway, 1935

Terrible Troll-Bird, The, 1976

Wings for Per, 1944


Biographical Sketch

Edgar Parin d'Aulaire was born 9/30/1898 in Munich, Germany. He studied art in Germany and France, including a stint under Henri Matisse, and later worked as a book illustrator in Germany during the 1920s. During his studies in Munich he met the Norwegian-born art student Ingri Mortenson (born Ingrid Mortenson on 12/27/1904 in Konsberg, Norway). They were married in 1925 and immigrated to the United States in 1929. During their long careers the d'Aulaires published over 20 picture books for children beginning with the The Magic Rug in 1931. Several of their early books, such as Ola (1821) and East of the Sun and West of the Moon (1938) deal with Norwegian life and folklore. Critics praised these books and others for the couple's simple, childlike illustrations and northern landscapes. During the 1930s they shifted their interest to American history and in 1939 published Abraham Lincoln , a biography of Lincoln for children. This book won the 1940 Caldecott Medal. They also wrote several other biographies of famous Americans, including George Washington (1936), Pocahontas (1946), and Buffalo Bill (1952). They steeped themselves in the subject and locale of their books, and this showed in their illustrations. Each also brought unique talents to their work: Edgar had a flair for drama and Ingri a sense of humor and a strong understanding of children. In 1970 they were awarded the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association for their contribution to children's literature. Ingri died on 10/24/80, and Edgar died on 5/1/86.

Biographical sources: Something About the Author, vol. 5, 24, 47, 66; Children's Literature Review, vol. 21; Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd Ed. pp. 265-266.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains illustrative materials for 12 titles published between 1932-76. Materials include lithograph illustrations and prints, illustration proofs, studies, a watercolor sketch, a dummy, and a poster. The collection also contains 10 lithograph stones for the title The Terrible Troll-Bird , and some miscellaneous artwork consisting of lithographs, a birth announcement for one of their sons, and a pencil and ink with wash illustration. 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.
Subjects
  • d'Aulaire, Edgar and Ingri Parin
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Abraham Lincoln 1939  
Box MC142
lithograph print illustrations ( 2 p. )  Box MC142
 
Buffalo Bill 1952  
Box MC142
Lithograph illustration for jacket ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
Conquest of the Atlantic, The 1933  
Box MC142
Color illustration proof ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
Black and white print ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
Don't Count Your Chicks 1943  
Box MC142
Color illustration proof ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
George Washington 1936  
Box MC142
Sheet illustration proof ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths 1962  
Box MC376
Illustration proofs on 18 sheets ( 20 p. )  Box MC376
 
Leif the Lucky 1941  
Box MC142
35 sheets with 53 pictures, lithograph illustrations ( 35 p. )  Box MC142
 
Miscellaneous art  
Box MC142
Lithograph birth announcement for " Per Ola Parin d'Aulaire born March 6, 1939 " ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
Pencil and ink with wash illustration (for Vera Pedersen) ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
Color lithograph print (for Vera Petersen, dated 1944) ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
Norse Gods and Giants (D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths) 1967  
Box MC376
Miscellaneous page proofs ( 4p. )  Box MC376
 
Ola 1932  
Box MC142
Handpulled print in color ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
Illustration proof in black and white ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
Pocahontas 1946  
Box MC142, 376
Sheets of lithograph prints ( 25 p. )  Box MC142, 376
 
Sidsel Longskirt and Solve Suntrap: Two Children of Norway 1935  
Box MC142
Watercolor sketch ( 1 p. )  Box MC142
 
Illustration proofs ( 11 p. )  Box MC142
 
Pages of illustration proof ( 3 p. )  Box MC142
 
Terrible Troll-Bird, The 1976  
Box MC2
Crayon, ink, pastel, 7 pencil dummy with typescript and text proof ( 72 p. )  Box MC2
 
Ink and pencil illustration with 3 separations for jacket ( 1 p. )  Box MC2
 
Lithograph illustration (on 1 lithograph stone) with 4 separations ( 1 p. )  Box MC2
 
Lithograph illustrations (on 4 lithograph stones) with 3 separations ( 4 p. )  Box MC2
 
Lithograph illustrations (on 5 lithograph stones) ( 5 p. )  Box MC2
 
sets (3 sheets each) illustration separations ( 4 p. )  Box MC2
 
Sheet proof for jacket ( 1 p. )  Box MC2
 
Sheets lithograph illustrations ( 13 p. )  Box MC2
 
Lithograph illustrations ( 5 p. )  Box MC2
 
Lithograph study ( 1 p. )  Box MC2
 
Poster ( 1 p. )  Box MC2
Box High bay shelves
Lithograph stones ( 10 stones )  Box High bay shelves
 
Wings for Per 1944  
Box MC142
Lithograph and watercolor study for end papers ( 1 p. )  Box MC142