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Tasha Tudor Papers

Summary Information
Title: Tasha Tudor Papers
Dates: circa 1945-1963
Creator: Tudor, Tasha
Extent: circa 1.1 cubic ft. (2 boxes of illustrative material)
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1621
Abstract:
Tasha Tudor's papers focus on her work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for eleven titles published between 1945 and 1963. The collection includes illustrations done in a variety of media including watercolor and pencil, proofs, and a proof dummy. One pencil illustration was signed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan. The collection also contains some miscellaneous artwork consisting of pencil and pencil and watercolor studies, and some pencil and watercolor illustrations done for Christmas cards.

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

Adventures of a Beagle, 1959

Biggity Bantam, 1954

Book of Fairy Tales, 1961

Edgar Allan Crow, 1953

Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen, 1945

Increase Rabbit, 1958

Lord Will Love Thee, The, 1959

Miscellaneous original art and other material,

Mr. Stubbs, 1956

Pekin White, 1955

Round Dozen: Stories, A, 1963

Secret Garden, The, 1962


Biographical Sketch

Tasha Tudor was born August 28, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally named Starling Burgess, she later legally changed her name to Tasha Tudor. She studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and published her first book for children, Pumpkin Moonshine , the story of a little girl who brings home the largest pumpkin, in 1938. During her long and prolific career, Tasha Tudor has illustrated dozens of books, including many that she wrote along with some written by her former husband Thomas Leighton McCready and others written by their daughter Efner Tudor Holmes. Tasha Tudor has become well known for her "soft watercolors" and "flowery prose" that "evoke" the "ideals, beauty and sentimentality of a bygone era." Critics have praised her illustrations for such classic works as Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden (1962) and The Little Princess (1963) noting that she "has seen deeper into the characters than many of her predecessors." Critics have also lauded her picture books for their "deep appreciation for family life, animals, [and] nature" and how they "reflect charm, excellence, and tranquility." Tasha Tudor has received many awards including Caldecott Honor citations for Mother Goose: Seventy-Seven Verses with Pictures (1944) in 1945 and 1 Is One (1956) in 1957. Tasha Tudor also received the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association in 1971 for her contributions to children's literature.

Biographical source: Something About the Author , vol. 69, pp. 195-199.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for eleven titles published between 1945 and 1963. The collection includes illustrations done in a variety of media including watercolor and pencil, proofs, and a proof dummy. One pencil illustration was signed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan. The collection also contains some miscellaneous artwork consisting of pencil and pencil and watercolor studies, and some pencil and watercolor illustrations done for Christmas cards. The materials are arranged by title.

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.
  • Tudor, Tasha
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Adventures of a Beagle 1959 
Note  1959
Box MC 1159
watercolor illustrations (12 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
pencil illustrations (24 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
Biggity Bantam 1954 
Note  1954
Box MC 1159
watercolor illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
pencil illustrations (12 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
watercolor illustrations (5 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
Book of Fairy Tales 1961 
Note  1961
Box MC 1159
page and illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
Edgar Allan Crow 1953 
Note  1953
Box MC 1159
page and illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen 1945 
Note  1945
Box MC 1159
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
Increase Rabbit 1958 
Note  1958
Box MC 1159
watercolor illustrations for end papers (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
pencil illustrations (23 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
watercolor illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
Lord Will Love Thee, The 1959 
Note  1959
Box MC 1159
pencil and colored pencil illustrations (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
watercolor illustrations (23 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
pencil and ink wash illustrations (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
Miscellaneous original art and other material  
Box MC 1159
pencil and watercolor illustrations for Christmas cards (11 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
ink study for "A is for Annabelle" (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
pencil study of a chicken (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
pencil and watercolor study of a chicken (1 p.)  Box MC 1159
 
package of gift wrapping paper with a Tasha Tudor "beagle" motif (1 pack)  Box MC 1159
 
Mr. Stubbs 1956 
Note  1956
Box MC 1160
pencil illustrations (16 p.)  Box MC 1160
 
watercolor illustrations on 8 boards (10 p.)  Box MC 1160
 
Pekin White 1955 
Note  1955
Box MC 1160
watercolor illustration for end papers (1 p.)  Box MC 1160
 
pencil illustrations (16 p.)  Box MC 1160
 
watercolor illustrations (5 p.)  Box MC 1160
 
Round Dozen: Stories, A 1963 
Note  1963
Box MC 1160
proof dummy (256 p.)  Box MC 1160
 
Secret Garden, The 1962 
Note  1962
Box MC 1159
pencil illustrations signed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan (1 p.)  Box MC 1159