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Ezra Jack Keats papers

Summary Information
Title: Ezra Jack Keats papers
Dates: 1962-1980
Creator: Keats, Ezra Jack
Extent: .6 cubic feet, illustrative material
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-149
Abstract:
The collection contains original production material for 2 titles published between 1963-64. It also contains proof dummies and proofs only for 4 titles published between 1962-80. Original production materials consist of 3 illustrations. Collection also contains a autographed pamphlet

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

Jim Can Swim, 1963

Letter to Amy, A, 1968

Louie's Search, 1980

Miscellaneous, n.d.

Our Rice Village in Cambodia, 1963

Snowy Day, The, 1962

Zoo, Where are You?, 1964


Biographical Sketch

Ezra Jack Keats was born March 11, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Art Students League and studied painting with the noted artist and children's book illustrator Jean Charlot. He worked as a muralist for the W.P.A. during the Depression, and later as an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1954 he illustrated his first book for children, Jubilant for Sure , by Elizabeth C. Lansing. During his career Keats illustrated books for many different authors and in 1960 he illustrated and co-wrote with Pat Cherr the bilingual book, My Dog is Lost! or, Me Perro Se Ha Perdido . In 1962 he wrote and illustrated The Snowy Day , which was widely praised by critics for his unique style of blending painting and collage in vivid colors, as well as for depicting African American children in natural surroundings. The book won the Caldecott Medal in 1963. Critics have lauded Keats' works both for his texts and his illustrations, calling his stories universal, classless, timeless, and his illustrations notable for innovative use of collage. Keats died on May 6, 1983 in New York City.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author vols. 14, 34, 57; Children's Literature Review , vol. 35; Twentieth Century Children's Writers , 3rd ed. pp.510-11


Collection Scope and Content Note

Keats' papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains original production material for 2 titles published between 1963-64. It also contains proof dummies and proofs only for 4 titles published between 1962-80. Original production materials consist of 3 illustrations, one in pencil with a separation, two in collage and tempera. Collection also contains a autographed pamphlet entitled, A Conversation with Ezra Jack Keats.

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.
  • Keats, Ezra Jack
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Jim Can Swim 1963 
Box MC1007
proof dummy (44 p.)  Box MC1007
 
Letter to Amy, A 1968 
Box MC1025
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC1025
 
sheets illustration proof (15 p.)  Box MC1025
 
Louie's Search 1980 
Box MC1007
proof dummy (44 p.)  Box MC1007
 
Miscellaneous n.d. 
Box MC1158
autographed pamphlet entitled, A Conversation with Ezra Jack Keats (1 p.)  Box MC1158
 
Our Rice Village in Cambodia 1963 
Box MC1025
pencil illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC1025
 
Snowy Day, The 1962 
Note  New York: Viking Press, 1962
Box MC1158
uncut sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC1158
 
autographed pamphlet (1 p.)  Box MC1158
 
Zoo, Where are You? 1964 
Box MC1025
collage and tempera illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1025