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Helen Sewell Papers

Summary Information
Title: Helen Sewell Papers
Dates: 1923-1963
Creator: Sewell, Helen
Extent: 1.2 cubic feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1565
Abstract:
Helen Sewell's papers focus on her work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for 13 titles, plus some material for a 1963 edition of The Cruise of the Little Dipper, originally illustrated by Sewell in 1923. Production materials include illustrations done in a variety of media, some with separations, studies done in a variety of media, retouched photographs of illustrations, dummies, and a set of progressive proofs. The collection also includes a bust of Sewell done by Isabel Moore Kimball, and a photograph of the Helen Sewell memorial window in the Calvary Episcopal Church in Burnt Hills, New York.

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

Azor, 1948

Azor and the Blue-Eyed Cow, 1951

Baby Island, 1937

Bears on Hemlock Mountain, The, 1952

Cinderella, 1834

Cruise of the Little Dipper, The, and Other Fairy Tales, 1963

Jimmy and Jemima, 1940

Miscellaneous,

Poems, 1952

Pride and Prejudice, 1940

Sally Gabble and the Fairies, 1929

Secrets and Surprises, 1951

Thanksgiving Story, The, 1954

Three Tall Tales, 1947

Wonderful Day, The, 1946


Biographical Sketch

Helen Sewell wasas born June 27, 1896, in Mare Island, California. She attended the Pratt Institute and studied painting with the artist Archipenko. In 1923 she illustrated her first children's book, The Cruise of the Little Dipper and Other Fairy Tales , by Susanne K. Langer. Throughout her prolific career she illustrated dozens of books, including works by such well-known authors as Elizabeth Coatsworth and Carol Ryrie Brink. Beginning in 1930, she also wrote and illustrated picture books. From the 1940s on she concentrated on illustrating and became one of the most honored in her profession, well known for her adaptable style. She received numerous awards and honors for her work, including a Caldecott Honor citation for The Thanksgiving Story in 1955. She also illustrated books for adults, including several for the Limited Editions Club, including one in 1952 of Emily Dickenson's poems, that was widely praised for her ability to bring out the poems' moods, backdrops, and meaning. Helen Sewell died on February 24, 1957, in New York City.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 13 titles, plus a 1963 edition of a book Sewell originally illustrated in 1923. Production materials include studies and illustrations done in a variety of media, some with separations, retouched photographs of illustrations, dummies, and a set of progressive proofs. The collection also includes a bust of Sewell done by Isabel Moore Kimball, and a photograph of the Helen Sewell memorial window in the Calvary Episcopal Church in Burnt Hills, New York.

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.
  • Sewell, Helen
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Azor 1948 
Note 1948
Box MC1183
ink illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC1183
 
Azor and the Blue-Eyed Cow 1951 
Note 1951
Box MC1183
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC1183
 
Baby Island 1937 
Note 1937
Box MC442
crayon, ink and tempera jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC442
 
crayon and ink end paper illustration with crayon and temperas color separation (1 p.)  Box MC442
 
crayon and ink cover illustration (1 p.)  Box MC442
 
crayon, ink and tempera illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC442
 
crayon and ink illustrations with crayon, ink and tempera color separations (4 p.)  Box MC442
 
crayon and ink illustrations on 11 sheets (19 p.)  Box MC442
 
Bears on Hemlock Mountain, The 1952 
Note 1952
Box MC1182
tempera study (1 p.)  Box MC1182
 
Cinderella 1834 
Note 1834
Box MC442
ink cover illustration (1 p.)  Box MC442
 
ink and pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC442
 
pencil and tempera illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC442
 
pencil illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC442
 
Cruise of the Little Dipper, The, and Other Fairy Tales 1963 
Note  1963
Box MC1183
photographs of illustration retouched with tempera (5 p.)  Box MC1183
 
set (6 sheets) of progressive proofs (1 p.)  Box MC1183
 
Jimmy and Jemima 1940 
Note  1940
Box MC442
crayon, ink and tempera illustrations with 1 ink and tempera color separation (3 p.)  Box MC442
 
crayon, ink and tempera illustrations (21 p.)  Box MC442
 
ink and tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box MC442
 
Miscellaneous  
Box MC1183
color photograph of the Helen Sewell memorial window in Calvary Episcopal Church in Burnt Hill, NY, not dated (1 p.)  Box MC1183
Box MC1183?
color photograph of a memorial window, not Sewell's (1 p.)  Box MC1183?
 
bust of Sewell done by Isabel Moore Kimball, about 1925 (1 p.)  Box MC1183?
 
Poems 1952 
Note 1952
Box MC1183
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1183
 
Pride and Prejudice 1940 
Note 1940
Box MC1183
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1183
 
Sally Gabble and the Fairies 1929 
Note 1929
Box MC1183
ink and watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1183
 
Secrets and Surprises 1951 
Note  1951
Box MC1183
ink, watercolor and tempera dummy with text proof (1 p.)  Box MC1183
 
ink studies (4 p.)  Box MC1183
 
Thanksgiving Story, The 1954 
Note 1954
Box MC1183
collage dummy with text proof (32 p.)  Box MC1183
 
Three Tall Tales 1947 
Note  1947
Box MC1183
pencil and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC1183
 
Wonderful Day, The 1946 
Note  1946
Box MC1183
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1183