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Genevieve Foster Papers

Summary Information
Title: Genevieve Foster Papers
Dates: 1941-1965
Creator: Foster, Genevieve
Extent:
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-129
Abstract:
Genevieve Foster's papers focus on her work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for six titles published between 1941 and 1965. It consits entirely of illustrative material and includes illustrations done in a variety of media, especially ink.

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's World, 1944

Augustus Caesar's World: A Story of Ideas and Events from B. C. 44 to 14 A. D., 1947

Birthdays of Freedom, Volumes 1-2, 1952-1957

George Washington, 1949

George Washington's World, 1941

The World of Christopher Columbus and Sons, 1965


Biographical Sketch

Genevieve (Stump) Foster was born April 13, 1893 in Oswego, New York. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1915 and attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1916-1917. She began illustrating children's books in the 1930s and in 1941 authored and illustrated George Washington's World . Throughout her career, Genevieve Foster wrote and illustrated nineteen books for children and became well known for "her technique of choosing historical figures and weaving a story around their perceptions of envents around them." Genevieve Foster wanted to make history and historical figures "alive for children", and critics praised her books for their "understandable illustrations and language." Critics also praised her books for the author's careful research and detail, including her focus on some overlooked historical figures as she described what was happening around the world in art, literature, politics, and warfare. Educators also lauded her books and used them as teaching tools. Genevieve Foster received four Newbery Honor citations for: George Washington's World in 1942; Abraham Lincoln's World in 1945; George Washington in 1950; and Birthdays of Freedom in 1953. Genevieve Foster died August 30, 1979. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , Vol. 2, p. 111-112. Something About the Author , Vol. 33, p. 73. Children's Literature Review , Vol. 7, p. 85-101.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for six titles published between 1941 and 1965. It consists entirely of illustrative material and includes ink illustrations, a sheet of ink illustrations, tempera illustrations, an ink and watercolor illustration, and an ink and tempera illustration. 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.
  • Foster, Genevieve
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Abraham Lincoln's World 1944 
Note  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1944
Box M. C. 461
Ink illustrations (5 p.)  Box M. C. 461
 
Ink illustrations (2) (1 sheet)  Box M. C. 461
 
Augustus Caesar's World: A Story of Ideas and Events from B. C. 44 to 14 A. D. 1947 
Note  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1947
Box M. C. 461
Ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box M. C. 461
 
Birthdays of Freedom, Volumes 1-2 1952-1957 
Note  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952-1957
Box M. C. 461
Tempera illustrations (2 p.)  Box M. C. 461
 
George Washington 1949 
Note  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1949
Box M. C. 461
Ink and tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 461
 
Ink and watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 461
 
George Washington's World 1941 
Note  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1941
Box M. C. 461
Ink illustrations (4 p.)  Box M. C. 461
 
The World of Christopher Columbus and Sons 1965 
Note  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1965
Box M. C. 461
Ink illustrations (4 p.)  Box M. C. 461