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Barbara Cooney Papers

Summary Information
Title: Barbara Cooney Papers
Dates: 1940-1985
Creator: Cooney, Barbara, 1917-
Extent: 0.3 linear feet (manuscripts); 11.5 cubic feet (illustrations)
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-16
Abstract:
Barbara Cooney's papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's books, with an emphasis on the latter. The collection contains production material for forty titles published between 1940 and 1985, and includes both manuscript and illustrative material. The collection includes correspondence, typescripts, galley proofs, illustrations done in a variety of media many with separations and overlays, sketches and studies, dummies, proofs, paste ups, layouts and specifications, and research material.

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

Ake and His World,

All in a Suitcase,

Bambi a Life in the Woods,

Burton and Dudley,

Chanticleer and the Fox,

Christmas,

Christmas in the Barn,

City Springtime,

Courtship, Merry Marriage, and Feast of Cock Robin...,

Crows of Pearblossom,

Demeter and Persephone: Homeric Hymn Number Two,

Dionysus and the Pirates: Homeric Hymn Number Seven,

Down to the Beach,

Emma,

Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Spain,

Freckle Face,

Green Wagons,

Herman the Great,

Hermes, Lord of Robbers: Homeric Hymn Number Four,

Hibou et La Poussiquette, Le,

How the Hibernators Came to Bethlehem,

Kellyhorns, The,

Kildee House,

King of Wreck Island,

Little Brother and Little Sister,

Little Juggler, The,

Lucy and Loki,

Mother Goose in Spanish,

Ox-Cart Man,

Peacock Pie,

Peter's Long Walk,

Plan Magic,

Princess Tales,

Read Me More Stories,

Sad Story of the Little Bluebird,

Shaun and the Boat: An Irish Story,

Snow Birthday,

Story of Holly & Ivy,

When the Sky is Like Lace,

Would You Rather Be a Tiger?,

Peter and the Wolf: A Mechanical Book, 1986


Biographical Sketch

Barbara Cooney was born August 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, and spent many summers in Maine as a child. She graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in 1938, traveled in Europe in the 1930s, and attended in the Art Students League in New York City in 1940; she also served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. Barbara Cooney began working as a free-lance artist and illustrator in 1938, and illustrated her first book, Bertil Malmberg's Ake and His World , in 1940. The following year she wrote and illustrated The King of Wreck Island . Throughout her long career, Barbara Cooney has juggled the roles of wife, mother, writer , and artist, and has always sought to maintain artistic integrity and technical skills that make her work so popular and highly praised. Barbara Cooney believes that one should never write down to a child and while she may understate her technical abilities, critics have cited her attention to detail and the care she takes in her research, making sure the background and details are accurate in her stories regardless of their geographical or historical setting. Barbara Cooney has often drawn on her childhood memories of the New England landscape. She won her second Caldecott Award in 1980 for Ox-Cart Man , an historical picture book set in rural New England. Barbara Cooney won the 1959 Caldecott Award for Chanticleer and the Fox, an adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's story. Both works demonstrate Barbara Cooney's love for a good story and her interweaving of text and illustrations. Barbara Cooney works in a variety of media and her books include adaptations of fairy and folk tales, and Greek and Roman myths, always making sure that story and pictures merge to create a work children can enjoy. Barbara Cooney received the Kerlan Award in 1992.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for forty titles published between 1940 and 1985, and includes both manuscript and illustrative material with an emphasis on the latter. The collection contains illustrations done in a variety of media many with separations, dummies, layouts, proofs, sketches and studies, photocopies, color samples, typescripts, galley proofs, some correspondence and research material.

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.
  • Cooney, Barbara, 1917-
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Ake and His World  
Box MC 633
ink illustrations (22 p.)  Box MC 633
 
All in a Suitcase  
Box MC 250
dummy with jacket proof (38 p.)  Box MC 250
 
ink studies (9 p.)  Box MC 250
 
ink and pencil studies (3 p.)  Box MC 250
 
pencil studies (12 p.)  Box MC 250
 
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
Bambi a Life in the Woods  
Box MC 646
prismacolor pencil, chalk and charcoal illustrations with one overlay (21 p.)  Box MC 646
 
sketches (7 p.)  Box MC 646
 
Burton and Dudley  
Box MC 641
jacket in pen & ink on tracing paper with 3 overlays (1 p.)  Box MC 641
 
pen & ink illustrations on tracing paper (31 p.)  Box MC 641
 
miscellaneous sketches (14 p.)  Box MC 641
 
Chanticleer and the Fox  
Box MC 313
pencil & tempera study (1 p.)  Box MC 313
 
pencil & watercolor studies (5 p.)  Box MC 313
 
pencil studies (10 p.)  Box MC 313
 
watercolor studies (8 p.)  Box MC 313
 
Christmas  
Box MC 313
dummy (40 p.)  Box MC 313
 
mixed media jacket dummy (1 p.)  Box MC 313
 
jacket sketch with 4 overlays and film (1 p.)  Box MC 313
 
black & white scratchboard illustrations (12 p.)  Box MC 313
 
black & white scratchboard illustrations with 1 overlay (2 p.)  Box MC 313
 
black & white scratchboard illustrations with 2 overlays (8 p.)  Box MC 313
 
Christmas in the Barn  
Box MC 313
scratchboard illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 313
 
scratchboard illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 313
 
scratchboard illustrations with 3 separations (9 p.)  Box MC 313
 
scratchboard illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box MC 313
 
scratchboard illustration with 4 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 313
 
scratchboard illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC 313
 
City Springtime  
Box MC 8
dummy in prismacolor (32 p.)  Box MC 8
 
sheets of red, blue & green overlays with partial ink & pencil illustrations (51 p.)  Box MC 8
 
ink & pencil illustrations (38 p.)  Box MC 8
 
ink and pencil illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 8
 
separation (miscellaneous) (1 p.)  Box MC 8
 
Courtship, Merry Marriage, and Feast of Cock Robin...  
Box MC 8
ink & pencil illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 8
 
ink & pencil illustrations with 3 separations (20 p.)  Box MC 8
 
ink & pencil illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box MC 8
 
ink calligraphy with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 8
 
ink illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 8
 
ink & pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 8
 
sheets illustration separation (3 p.)  Box MC 8
 
ink study with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 8
 
ink & pastel study (1 p.)  Box MC 8
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC 8
 
pencil & pen studies (2 p.)  Box MC 8
 
Crows of Pearblossom  
Box MC 633
ink, pencil & charcoal illustration with 1 separation for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
ink, pencil & charcoal illustration with 1 separation for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
ink, pencil & charcoal illustration with 1 separations with 1 separation (15 p.)  Box MC 633
 
separations (2 p.)  Box MC 633
 
mixed media study (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
photocopies of illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC 633
 
galley (9 p.)  Box MC 633
 
Demeter and Persephone: Homeric Hymn Number Two  
Box MF 1843
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 1843
Box MC 639
jacket with 2 acrylic illustrations (1 p.)  Box MC 639
 
full color acrylic illustrations (18 p.)  Box MC 639
 
sketches in pencil & acrylic (8 p.)  Box MC 639
 
Dionysus and the Pirates: Homeric Hymn Number Seven  
Box MC 641
dummy (52 p.)  Box MC 641
 
illustrations with acrylic paint on illustration board and finger paint paper (10 p.)  Box MC 641
 
extra board (no illustration only text) (1 p.)  Box MC 641
 
Down to the Beach  
Box MC 639
jacket in watercolor on d'Arches paper (1 p.)  Box MC 639
 
frontispiece and title page in watercolor on d'Arches paper (1 p.)  Box MC 639
 
typescript illustrations in watercolor on d'Arches paper (13 p.)  Box MC 639
 
tailpiece in watercolor on d'Arches paper (1 p.)  Box MC 639
 
miscellaneous sketches (6 p.)  Box MC 639
 
Emma  
Box MC 63 & MC 80
acrylic on gesso-coated linen paintings (15 p.)  Box MC 63 & MC 80
Box MC 63
watercolor dummy with text (16 p.)  Box MC 63
 
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Spain  
Box MC 108
ink & tempera illustration for jacket with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 108
 
paste-up for jacket with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 108
 
mixed media layout for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 108
 
ink & tempera illustrations with 2 separations (16 p.)  Box MC 108
 
ink & tempera illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC 108
 
mixed media dummy with type position (94 p.)  Box MC 108
 
mixed media sketches (10 p.)  Box MC 108
 
photocopies of jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 108
 
color proof (13 p.)  Box MC 108
 
envelope of color samples (1 p.)  Box MC 108
 
Freckle Face  
Box MC 250
black & white scratchboard illustration with 1 separation for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
ink illustration with 1 separation for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
black & white scratchboard illustrations with 1 separations (17 p.)  Box MC 250
 
Green Wagons  
Box MC 637
ink illustrations (35 p.)  Box MC 637
 
ink studies (9 p.)  Box MC 637
 
photocopy of illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 637
 
Herman the Great  
Box MC 63
ink drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 63
 
ink & charcoal drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 63
 
charcoal, ink & acrylic drawings (9 p.)  Box MC 63
 
Hermes, Lord of Robbers: Homeric Hymn Number Four  
Box MC 644
dummy (46 p.)  Box MC 644
 
jacket in acrylic paint on illustration board (1 p.)  Box MC 644
 
acrylic paint illustrations on illustration board (21 p.)  Box MC 644
 
sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 644
 
Hibou et La Poussiquette, Le  
Box MC 637
dummy (32 p.)  Box MC 637
 
frontispiece-title page pen & ink illustration with 3 dynobase overlays (1 p.)  Box MC 637
 
pen & ink illustrations with 5 overlays (2 p.)  Box MC 637
 
pen & ink illustrations with 3 overlays (2 p.)  Box MC 637
 
pen & ink illustration with 2 overlays (1 p.)  Box MC 637
 
pen & ink die art stamped on board with 3 overlays (2 p.)  Box MC 637
 
sketches of Pussycat (3 p.)  Box MC 637
 
How the Hibernators Came to Bethlehem  
Box MC 313
jacket in watercolor & china white on d'Arches paper (1 p.)  Box MC 313
Box MD 313
illustrations in watercolor & china white on d'Arches paper (9 p.)  Box MD 313
 
Kellyhorns, The  
Box MC 633
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
water coloration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
ink illustrations (19 p.)  Box MC 633
 
Kildee House  
Box MC 744
past up for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 744
 
ink illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC 744
 
initial letters (50 p.)  Box MC 744
 
King of Wreck Island  
Box MC 637
jacket in color (1 p.)  Box MC 637
 
title page in brush & black Indian ink on paper (1 p.)  Box MC 637
 
handlettered chapter headings in brush and black India ink on paper (5 p.)  Box MC 637
 
illustrations in brush & black India ink on paper (43 p.)  Box MC 637
 
extra version of p. 12 (1 p.)  Box MC 637
 
tailpiece in brush & black India ink on paper (1 p.)  Box MC 637
 
Little Brother and Little Sister  
Box MF 1683, folder 1
typescript, corrected (13 p.)  Box MF 1683, folder 1
Box MC 1683, folder 1
galley proof, corrected (4 p.)  Box MC 1683, folder 1
Box MC 639
dummy (24 p.)  Box MC 639
 
sheets of watercolor, acrylic, pencil, and ink drawings (22 p.)  Box MC 639
 
Little Juggler, The  
Box MF 1634, folder 1
typescript, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 1
 
typescript (5 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 1
 
galley proof (17 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 1
 
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 1
 
photographs of research material (3 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 1
Box MC 250
black & white scratchboard illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
black & white scratchboard illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
black & white scratchboard illustrations with 3 separations (13 p.)  Box MC 250
 
black & white scratchboard illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box MC 250
 
black & white scratchboard illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC 250
 
proof with jacket (folded and gathered) (47 p.)  Box MC 250
 
sheets proof (2 p.)  Box MC 250
 
Lucy and Loki  
Box MC 633
pencil illustration with 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
pencil illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
pencil illustrations with 2 separations (16 p.)  Box MC 633
 
pencil illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
photocopy of title page (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
Mother Goose in Spanish  
Box MC 634
tempera illustrations (5 p.)  Box MC 634
 
sheets sumi & charcoal illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC 634
 
dummy with jacket (46 p.)  Box MC 634
 
jacket specification marked for jacket with 1 overlay (1 p.)  Box MC 634
 
Ox-Cart Man  
Box MC 250
illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
illustrator's dummy (40 p.)  Box MC 250
 
Peacock Pie  
Box MC 250
pencil illustrations with 4 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
pencil illustrations (21 p.)  Box MC 250
 
pencil & ink study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
ink study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
layout for jacket, marked, with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
layout for jacket, marked (1 p.)  Box MC 250
 
layouts for title pages (4 p.)  Box MC 250
 
Peter's Long Walk  
Box MC 774
ink & pencil illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pencil illustration with 1 separation for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pencil illustrations with 3 separations (28 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pencil illustrations with 2 separations (3 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pencil illustrations with 1 separation (2 p.)  Box MC 774
 
ink, pastel & pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pastel & pencil studies (18 p.)  Box MC 774
 
layouts for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 774
 
paste-up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
photographs of jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 774
 
sheet proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
sheets text proof for jacket (4 p.)  Box MC 774
 
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
sheets text proof (3 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pencil jacket study with 5 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pencil jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pencil study with 5 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pencil study 4 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pencil study on vellum (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
Plan Magic  
Box MC 634
jacket (same as page 41) (1 p.)  Box MC 634
 
frontispiece & title page (same as pages 34 and 35) (1 p.)  Box MC 634
 
pen & ink & watercolor illustrations with 1 overlay (21 p.)  Box MC 634
 
Princess Tales  
Box MC 646
pen & ink illustrations on tissue (6 p.)  Box MC 646
 
sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 646
 
Read Me More Stories  
Box MC 774
scratchboard illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 774
 
Sad Story of the Little Bluebird  
Box MC 641
jacket with 2 pen & ink illustrations with 3 overlays (1 p.)  Box MC 641
 
pen & ink illustrations with 3 overlays (19 p.)  Box MC 641
 
Shaun and the Boat: An Irish Story  
Box MC 108
mixed-media illustrations with 2 separations (12 p.)  Box MC 108
 
ink illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 108
 
ink & tempera illustrations (6 p.)  Box MC 108
 
layout of illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 108
 
mixed-media dummy with type position (48 p.)  Box MC 108
 
watercolor study with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 108
 
mixed-media illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 108
 
Snow Birthday  
Box MC 633
pencil illustrations (12 p.)  Box MC 633
 
pencil illustrations with 3 separations (15 p.)  Box MC 633
 
pencil illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 633
 
photocopies of missing illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 633
 
Story of Holly & Ivy  
Box MC 656
dummy (31 p.)  Box MC 656
 
acrylic, prismacolor pencil & pastel illustrations done on Chinese silk coated with gesso (28 p.)  Box MC 656
 
miscellaneous sketches (13 p.)  Box MC 656
 
When the Sky is Like Lace  
Box MC 644
jacket in prismacolor, pencil & watercolor (1 p.)  Box MC 644
 
illustrations in prismacolor, pencil & watercolor (13 p.)  Box MC 644
 
sketches (2 p.)  Box MC 644
 
Would You Rather Be a Tiger?  
Box MC 644
jacket in charcoal, pen & ink on tracing paper with 2 overlays (1 p.)  Box MC 644
 
charcoal, pen, & ink illustrations on tracing paper with 2 overlays (12 p.)  Box MC 644
 
miscellaneous layout pieces (4 p.)  Box MC 644
 
extra overlays (2 p.)  Box MC 644
 
Peter and the Wolf: A Mechanical Book 1986 
Note Prokofiev, Sergei
New York: Viking Kestrel, 1986
Box MC 655
acrylic illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 655
 
boards of acrylic illustrations (20 p.)  Box MC 655
 
page proofs (6 p.)  Box MC 655
Box MC 1629
three-dimensional pg. models (2 p.)  Box MC 1629