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Tony Chen Collection

Summary Information
Title: Tony Chen Collection
Dates: 1966-1985
Creator: Chen, Tony
Extent: 5.0 cubic ft (7 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-14
Abstract:
Tony Chen's papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for twenty titles published between 1966 and 1985, as well as material for one story, The Seeing Stick, published in a textbook. The collection includes illustrations, separations, studies, dummies, a photostat, and one page of correspondence.

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.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Arrangement

About Owls, 1975

After Dark, 1975

Breakfast with the Birds, 1972

Cozy Book, 1982

Cucumber Stem: Adapted From a Bengali Folktale, 1980

Do You Know a Cat?, 1968

Doubleday Illustrated Children's Bible, 1983

Fisherman's Son: Adapted from a Georgian Folktale, 1979

Follow a Fisher, 1973

Honschi, 1972

In the City of Paris, 1985

In the Land of the Small Dragon: A Vietnamese Folktale, 1979

Little Rystu, 1978

Many Hands Cooking: An International Cookbook for Girls and Boys, 1974

Once We Went on a Picnic, 1975

Pond Life: Watching Animals Find Food, 1970

Princess and the Admiral, 1974

There's a Train Going By My Window, 1982

Too Many Crackers, 1966

White Horse, 1970

Seeing Stick,


Biographical Sketch

Tony Chen was born January 3, 1929 in Kingston, Jamaica. He came to the United States in 1949 and attended the Art Career School, and graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. in 1955. Tony Chen has worked as an art director for Newsweek magazine, and art instructor, painter, and sculptor. He began illustrating children's books in the 1960s; his first illustrated work was Helen Buckley's Too Many Crackers. Throughout his long career as an artist, Tony Chen has illustrated many books for various authors that cover a wide variety of subjects, including Bible stories, folk tales, and non-fiction. Chen is noted for his illustration of animal and nature books, two areas of personal interest. Tony Chen works with a variety of media, including watercolor, pen, tempera, and acrylic.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for twenty titles published between 1966 and 1985. It includes illustrations, including ink & tempera, watercolor, crayon, ink & felt pen, felt pen, ink, watercolor & acrylic, and ink & watercolor, watercolor, ink, ink and wash, along with pencil drawings, separations, dummies, 1 page of correspondence for the title In the City of Paris, and a seven page printed proof for The Seeing Stick, a story published in a textbook and illustrated for the textbook edition only by Tony Chen.

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.
  • Chen, Tony
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
About Owls 1975 
Box M.C. 1428
felt pen, ink and acrylic dummy (37 p.)  Box M.C. 1428
 
ink and tempera illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1428
 
ink and tempera study (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1428
Box M.C. 1428
photostat (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1428
Box M.C. 1428
watercolor (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1428
 
After Dark 1975 
Note Blossom Budney
New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1975
Box M.C. 203
felt pen dummy (40 p.)  Box M.C. 203
Box M.C. 203
ink and watercolor illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box M.C. 203
 
ink and watercolor illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 203
Box MC 203
ink and watercolor illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC 203
 
photocopy of jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 203
 
photocopies of illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 203
 
Breakfast with the Birds 1972 
Box M.C. 1459
crayon, ink and felt pen illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
ink and felt pen illustrations with 3 separations (3 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
Box
ink and felt pen illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box
 
Cozy Book 1982 
Box M.C. 308
felt pen, ink and acrylic dummy (48 p.)  Box M.C. 308
 
felt pen, ink, watercolor and acrylic illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box M.C. 308
 
acrylic, watercolor and ink illustrations (11 p.)  Box M.C. 308
 
Cucumber Stem: Adapted From a Bengali Folktale 1980 
Box M.C. 1458
mixed-media dummy with type position (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1458
 
pen drawings [on 2 sheets] with 2 separations for color (3 p.)  Box M.C. 1458
 
pen drawing with 3 separations for color (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1458
 
pen drawing with 1 separation for color (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1458
 
Do You Know a Cat? 1968 
Box M.C. 205
ink and watercolor illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 205
 
ink and watercolor illustrations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 205
 
Doubleday Illustrated Children's Bible 1983 
Box M.C. 204
full color illustrations (18 p.)  Box M.C. 204
 
Fisherman's Son: Adapted from a Georgian Folktale 1979 
Box M.C. 1458
ink and watercolor dummy with photocopy typescript (40 p.)  Box M.C. 1458
 
ink and watercolor illustrations (4 p.)  Box M.C. 1458
 
ink illustrations (8 p.)  Box M.C. 1458
 
Follow a Fisher 1973 
Box M.C. 1459
ink and felt pen dummy (54 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
ink illustrations [on 8 sheets] with typescript (12 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
ink study [layout for cover] (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
Honschi 1972 
Box M.C. 1459
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
In the City of Paris 1985 
Box M.C. 205
dummy in watercolor with text pasteup (1 p.)  Box M.C. 205
 
holograph for title page (1 p.)  Box M.C. 205
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box M.C. 205
 
illustrations in watercolor and ink (5 p.)  Box M.C. 205
 
In the Land of the Small Dragon: A Vietnamese Folktale 1979 
Box M.C. 206
ink and wash illustrations [on 5 sheets] (9 p.)  Box M.C. 206
 
ink and watercolor illustrations (2 p.)  Box M.C. 206
 
Mixed-media dummy with typescript (40 p.)  Box M.C. 206
 
pencil dummy with typescript (48 p.)  Box M.C. 206
 
Little Rystu 1978 
Box M.C. 1459
felt pen, pencil and photocopy dummy with text proof (44 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
ink and watercolor illustrations with 1 separation (9 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
Many Hands Cooking: An International Cookbook for Girls and Boys 1974 
Box M.C. 204
watercolor illustrations (12 p.)  Box M.C. 204
 
Once We Went on a Picnic 1975 
Box M.C. 205
ink and watercolor illustrations (4 p.)  Box M.C. 205
 
Pond Life: Watching Animals Find Food 1970 
Box M.C. 308
ink and watercolor illustrations (5 p.)  Box M.C. 308
 
ink and watercolor illustrations with 3 separations (3 p.)  Box M.C. 308
 
Princess and the Admiral 1974 
Box M.C. 207
ink and wash drawings (6 p.)  Box M.C. 207
 
There's a Train Going By My Window 1982 
Box M.C. 308
ink and watercolor illustrations (7 p.)  Box M.C. 308
 
ink and watercolor illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 308
 
Too Many Crackers 1966 
Box M.C. 1459
watercolor and ink illustrator's dummy with typescript (29 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
White Horse 1970 
Box M.C. 1459
ink and wash illustrations with 3 color separations (3 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
ink and wash illustrations with 2 color separation (2 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
Box M.C. 1459
dummy in magic marker with xerox text (30 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
Box M.C. 1459
dummy made with proof corrections (1 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
Seeing Stick  
Box M.C. 1459
printed proof (7 p.)  Box M.C. 1459
 
pen and watercolor illustrations (3 p.)  Box M.C. 1459