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Kurt Werth Papers

Summary Information
Title: Kurt Werth Papers
Dates: 1953-1974
Creator: Werth, Kurt
Extent: 11 boxes
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1716
Abstract:
Kurt Werth's papers focus on his work as an author and illustrator of children's books with an emphasis on the latter. The collection contains production material for thirty-two titles published between 1953 and 1974. The collection contains a small amount of manuscript material including corrected typescripts, page proofs, as well as correspondence from publishers, teachers, children, and others. Illustrative materials include studies, sketches, illustrations, many with separations, dummies, proofs, film positives, and some photographs, including one of Kurt Werth. Several items were signed by Kurt Werth for Dr. Irvin Kerlan.

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

Aldo's Tower, 1954

Baker's Man, 1954

The Bright and Shining Breadboard, 1969

The Cobbler's Dilemma: An Italian Folktale, 1967

Correspondence,

Dick Whittington and His Cat, 1974

The Elf Who Didn't Believe in Himself, 1966

Happy Piper and the Goat, 1960

Hear Ye of Boston, 1964

Hear Ye of Philadelphia, 1968

Herbert's Homework, 1960

Honker Visits the Island, 1962

How a Piglet Crashed the Christmas Party, 1971

Huff, Puff, Hickory Hill, 1955

Isabelle and the Library Cat, 1966

Jonathan D., 1959

King Thrushbeard, 1968

Lazy Jack, 1970

McBroom's Ear, 1969

Meet Miki Takino, 1963

Miranda's Dragon, 1968

The Monkey, the Lion, and the Snake, 1967

Mr. Picklepaw's Popcorn, 1965

No Ducks for Dinner, 1953

One Dark Night, 1969

One Mitten Lewis, 1955

The Quiet Mother and the Noisy Little Boy, 1953

Stop It, Moppit!, 1959

The Tailor's Trick, 1955

A Tiger Called Thomas, 1963

The Timid Dragon, 1960

The Valiant Tailor, 1965

The Year Without Santa Claus, 1957


Biographical Sketch

Kurt Werth was born September 21, 1896 in Leipzig, Germany. He studied at the Academy for Graphic Arts in Leipzig and later worked as a book and magazine illustrator in Germany. With the rise of Nazism in the 1930s, Kurt Werth left Germany and came to the United States where he did magazine and text book illustrations. He became a United States citizen in 1947 and that same year he illustrated his first book for children, Rosemary Sprague's Northward to Albion . During his long and prolific career, Kurt Werth illustrated dozens of books for children and young adults including folk and fairy tales, biographies, and many works of fiction. In 1965, he published his first illustrated retelling of a folk tale, The Valiant Tailor . Early in his career, Kurt Werth had been influenced by "Rembrandt, Daumier, and Slevogt" but later "changed to a more expressive and modern approach." Kurt Werth died on August 25, 1983 in New York City.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol. 20, pp. 213-215.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for thirty-two titles published between 1953 and 1974. The collection contains a small amount of manuscript material including corrected typescripts, page proofs, and there is also some correspondence from publishers, teachers, children, and others. Illustrative materials include studies and sketches done in a variety of media, illustrations many with separations done in a variety of media, dummies, proofs, film positives, and some photographs, including one of Kurt Werth. Several items were signed by Kurt Werth for Dr. Irvin Kerlan. The materials are arranged by title with folder and box level control.

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.
  • Werth, Kurt
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Aldo's Tower 1954 
Note  1954
Box MC 1425
ink and watercolor sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 1425
 
Baker's Man 1954 
Note  1954
Box MC 1249
ink and watercolor illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1249
 
ink and watercolor illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC 1249
 
ink illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC 1249
 
ink and watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1249
 
ink and watercolor studies (5 p.)  Box MC 1249
 
sheets of ink and watercolor studies (11 p.)  Box MC 1249
 
sheets of ink sketches (2 p.)  Box MC 1249
 
The Bright and Shining Breadboard 1969 
Note  1969
Box MC 1243
ink and watercolor dummy with text proof and typescript (38 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
The Cobbler's Dilemma: An Italian Folktale 1967 
Note  1967
Box MC 1243
ink and watercolor dummy (32 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
Correspondence  
Box MF 830
correspondence from children, teachers, and others (66 p.)  Box MF 830
 
Dick Whittington and His Cat 1974 
Note  1974
Box MC 1243
ink illustrations with 1 separation each (17 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
The Elf Who Didn't Believe in Himself 1966 
Note  1966
Box MC 1243
watercolor dummy (30 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
Happy Piper and the Goat 1960 
Note  1960
Box MC 1243
ink and wash jacket illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash illustrations with 1 separation each (9 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash illustrations with 3 separations each (8 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
pencil jacket sketch with ink lettering sheet (1 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
watercolor studies (8 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash illustrations with 1 separation and photostat (1 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
Hear Ye of Boston 1964 
Note  1964
Box MC 1243
ink and watercolor dummy with text proof (42 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
Hear Ye of Philadelphia 1968 
Note  1968
Box MC 1243
illustrator's dummy in ink and watercolor with proof text (40 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash jacket illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash illustration for title page with 3 separations and layout for lettering (1 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash illustrations for blurb sheet with 2 separation each (2 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash illustrations with 3 separationseach (9 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash with 1 separation each (8 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
watercolor studies (13 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
Herbert's Homework 1960 
Note  1960
Box MC 1241
sheets of illustration proof (10 p.)  Box MC 1241
 
Honker Visits the Island 1962 
Note  1962
Box MC 1242
illustrator's dummy in watercolor (36 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
watercolor book dummy with text [dummy in sheets] (15 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
ink and wash illustration with 2 separations (18 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
ink and wash illustrations with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
ink and wash illustrations with 1 separation each (8 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
How a Piglet Crashed the Christmas Party 1971 
Note  1971
Box MC 1245
watercolor dummy (32 p.)  Box MC 1245
 
ink illustration with text proof and 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1245
 
ink illustration with 1 separation for end papers (1 p.)  Box MC 1245
 
ink illustration with text proof and 3 separations each (8 p.)  Box MC 1245
 
ink illustrations with text proof and 1 separation each (8 p.)  Box MC 1245
 
Huff, Puff, Hickory Hill 1955 
Note  1955
Box MC 1245
ink and watercolor dummy with typescript (32 p.)  Box MC 1245
 
matted ink and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC 1245
 
Isabelle and the Library Cat 1966 
Note  1966
Box MC 1241
illustrator's dummy in ink and watercolor with proof text (28 p.)  Box MC 1241
 
ink illustrations with 3 separations each (6 p.)  Box MC 1241
 
illustratoins with 1 separation each (8 p.)  Box MC 1241
 
blue line jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1241
 
Jonathan D. 1959 
Note  1959
Box MC 1244
illustrator's dummy in watercolor and ink (40 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
ink jacket illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
ink illustratoins with 3 separations each (10 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
ink illustrations with 1 separation each (11 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
board ink lettering used on jacket and title page (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
2 sheets illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
shet lettering proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
photograph of author (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
photograph of illustrator (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
twin sheet guide and letter regarding it (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
King Thrushbeard 1968 
Note  1968
Box MF 830
correspondence letters from publisher (4 p.)  Box MF 830
 
cover and jacket dimension layout (1 p.)  Box MF 830
 
typescript, corrected (15 p.)  Box MF 830
Box MF 1248
ink, pencil and watercolor dummy with text proof (32 p.)  Box MF 1248
 
ink and watercolor dummy (31 p.)  Box MF 1248
 
ink illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 1248
 
ink illustrations with text proof and 4 separations (1 p.)  Box MF 1248
 
ink illustrations with text proof and 3 separations (15 p.)  Box MF 1248
 
ink and watercolor studies (18 p.)  Box MF 1248
 
watercolor studies (4 p.)  Box MF 1248
 
text proof paste-up (1 p.)  Box MF 1248
 
sheet of color samples (1 p.)  Box MF 1248
 
Lazy Jack 1970 
Note  1970
Box MC 1240
ink and watercolor dummy (75 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
ink illustration with text proof and (1 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
sheet ink calligraphy with 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
15 ink illustrations with text proof and 3 separations each (1 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
ink and watercolor studies for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
ink and watercolor studies (9 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
ink illustrations with text proof and 3 separations each (15 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
sheets of ink, pencil and watercolor studies (2 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
McBroom's Ear 1969 
Note  1969
Box MC 1247
ink and watercolor dummy with typescript (52 p.)  Box MC 1247
 
ink and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC 1247
 
Meet Miki Takino 1963 
Note  1963
Box MC 1241
ink and watercolor dummy with text proof (38 p.)  Box MC 1241
 
Miranda's Dragon 1968 
Note  1968
Box MF 830
typescript, corrected photocopy (9 p.)  Box MF 830
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 830
Box MF 1241
ink and watercolor dummy with typescript (34 p.)  Box MF 1241
 
ink an dwatercolor studies for jacket (3 p.)  Box MF 1241
 
ink and watercolor studies (27 p.)  Box MF 1241
 
The Monkey, the Lion, and the Snake 1967 
Note  1967
Box MF 830
jacket copy (3 p.)  Box MF 830
 
preprinted cover dimension sheet (1 p.)  Box MF 830
Box MC 1244
illustrator's dummy in ink and watercolor (32 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
ink and wash illustration with 3 separationson blue line proofs (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
ink and wash illustrations with 3 separations on blue line proofs (15 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
watercolor and ink studies (22 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
crayon and ink sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
Mr. Picklepaw's Popcorn 1965 
Note  1965
Box MC 1243
illustrator's dummy in watercolor with proof text (36 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash jacket illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash illustrations with 2 separations each (9 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
ink and wash illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
pencil layout for jacket and lettering (1 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
blue lines of jacket with 2 memos from publishers regarding them (2 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
unbound proof of book (1 p.)  Box MC 1243
 
No Ducks for Dinner 1953 
Note  1953
Box MC 1240
ink and watercolor illustrations with text proof (4 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
ink illustrations with text proof (10 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
ink and watercolor illustrations (6 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 1240
 
One Dark Night 1969 
Note  1969
Box MC 1244
ink and watercolor dummy with text proof (30 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
ink illustration with 1 separation for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
sheet of final ink calligraphy (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
ink illustrations with 1 separation each (14 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
ink and watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
sheet miscellaneous (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
One Mitten Lewis 1955 
Note  1955
Box MC 1244
ink and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC 1244
 
The Quiet Mother and the Noisy Little Boy 1953 
Note  1953
Box MC 1247
ink and wash jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1247
 
ink and wash illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC 1247
 
watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC 1247
 
watercolor studies (10 p.)  Box MC 1247
 
ink and wash sketches (6 p.)  Box MC 1247
Box
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box
 
Stop It, Moppit! 1959 
Note  1959
Box MC 1248
ink and watercolor illustration for jacket (32 p.)  Box MC 1248
 
ink and watercolor illustrations with text proof (8 p.)  Box MC 1248
 
ink illustrations with text proof (10 p.)  Box MC 1248
 
ink and watercolor illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC 1248
 
ink illustrations (1 p.)  Box MC 1248
 
sheets (ink preliminary calligraphy) (2 p.)  Box MC 1248
 
film positives for jacket (4 p.)  Box MC 1248
 
The Tailor's Trick 1955 
Note  1955
Box MC 1248
film positives (20 p.)  Box MC 1248
 
A Tiger Called Thomas 1963 
Note  1963
Box MC 1247
ink and watercolor dummy with text proof (36 p.)  Box MC 1247
 
The Timid Dragon 1960 
Note  1960
Box MC 1242
illustrator's dummy in ink and watercolor with proof text (44 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
ink jacket illustration with 4 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
ink end paper illustration with 3 separaitons (1 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
ink and wash illustrations with 3 separations each (12 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
ink and wash illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
watercolor end papers study (1 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
color sample (1 p.)  Box MC 1242
 
The Valiant Tailor 1965 
Note  1965
Box MF 830
page proof (14 p.)  Box MF 830
Box MF 1247
ink and watercolor with text proof and 3 separations for jacket (36 p.)  Box MF 1247
 
ink illustration with text proof and 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 1247
Box MC 1247
ink illustration with proof and 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1247
 
ink illustrations with 3 separations (14 p.)  Box MC 1247
 
The Year Without Santa Claus 1957 
Note  1957
Box MC 1245
watercolor studies for title page (2 p.)  Box MC 1245
 
ink layout for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1245
 
piece of text proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1245
 
watercolor illustrations [one with text proof paste-up] (12 p.)  Box MC 1245