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Robert Hofsinde Collection

Summary Information
Title: Robert Hofsinde Collection
Dates: 1955-1971
Creator: Hofsinde, Robert
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1423
Collection includes typescripts, page proofs, illustrations, watercolors, drawings, dummies, notes, and correspondence for 11 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.


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.


The Indian and His Horse, 1960

The Indian and the Buffalo, 1961

Indian Arts, 1971

Indian Beadwork, 1958

Indian Costumes, 1968

Indian Fishing and Camping, 1963

Indian Games and Crafts, 1957

Indians at Home, 1964

The Indian Medicine Man, 1966

Indians on the Move, 1970

The Indian's Secret World, 1955


Biographical Sketch

Robert Hofsinde was born in 1902 in Odense, Denmark, emigrated to the United States in 1922, and died in 1973. He has written and self-illustrated 16 children's books about American Indians, which were inspired by his life experiences. "Hofsinde was born next door to Hans Christian Andersen's house. His interest in the American Indian culture began with a painting trip to the north woods of Minnesota. One day, he came upon a young Indian boy who had fallen into a pit trap and suffered a compound fracture of the leg. Hofsinde rescued the boy, set the break, and carried him back to his village on a sled. In gratitude, Hofsinde was made a blood brother of the Ojibwa tribe and was given the name Gray-Wolf. He enjoyed sketching the Ojibwas and became so interested in their culture that he stayed with them for three years. He returned to Minneapolis, but still wanted to know more about the Indians. He set off on a research and sketching trip which lasted sixteen years. He visited the Ojibwa and Blackfeet tribes, traveling on horse-back from Montana to Arizona. He was accepted among all the Indians as a friend, and allowed to participate in their ceremonies, sit in their councils, and smoke with the men. His wife often traveled with him, and the Indians gave her the name Morning Star. "

Source: Contemporary Authors Online , Gale, 2002.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Collection includes typescripts, page proofs, illustrations, watercolors, drawings, dummies, notes, and correspondence for 11 titles.

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.
  • Hofsinde, Robert
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
The Indian and His Horse 1960 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1960
Box MF 441
page proof (8 p.)  Box MF 441
Box MC 1584
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1584
The Indian and the Buffalo 1961 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1961
Box MC 953
boards (25 illustrations) (19 p.)  Box MC 953
Indian Arts 1971 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1971
Box MF 441
notes, carbon typescript (3 p.)  Box MF 441
typescript, carbon (44 p.)  Box MF 441
correspondence, carbon (1 p.)  Box MF 441
Indian Beadwork 1958 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1958
Box MC 1584
ink (1 p.)  Box MC 1584
Indian Costumes 1968 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1968
Box MC 1584
ink illustrations with text proof (9 p.)  Box MC 1584
ink illustrations (44 p.)  Box MC 1584
blueprint dummy (96 p.)  Box MC 1584
dummy with text proof (95 p.)  Box MC 1584
typescript dummy (96 p.)  Box MC 1584
ink and watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1584
Indian Fishing and Camping 1963 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1963
Box MC 1583
typescript, author's dummy with illustration notes (96 p.)  Box MC 1583
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1583
ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 1583
proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1583
sheets (20 illustration proofs) (4 p.)  Box MC 1583
Box MF 441
typescript, corrected carbon (44 p.)  Box MF 441
Indian Games and Crafts 1957 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1957
Box MC 1584
original pen and ink drawings on three sheets (5 p.)  Box MC 1584
Indians at Home 1964 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1964
Box MC 1584
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1584
The Indian Medicine Man 1966 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1966
Box MF 441
typescript, corrected carbon (56 p.)  Box MF 441
galley proof (49 p.)  Box MF 441
Indians on the Move 1970 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1970
Box MF 441
typescript, carbon (51 p.)  Box MF 441
The Indian's Secret World 1955 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1955
Box MF 441
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 441
Box MC 925
promotional ads, clippings, bios and related materials (255 p.)  Box MC 925
newspaper and magazine articles, many with photos (195 p.)  Box MC 925
letters (22 p.)  Box MC 925
photographs (6 p.)  Box MC 925
book jackets (5 p.)  Box MC 925
miscellaneous items (19 p.)  Box MC 925