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Maud and Miska Petersham Collection

Summary Information
Title: Maud and Miska Petersham Collection
Dates: 1936-1967
Creator: Petersham, Maud and Miska
Extent:
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1738
Abstract:
Maud (Fuller) and Miska Petersham's papers focus on their work as illustrators and authors of children's books. The collection contains production material for five titles published between 1936 and 1967. Production materials include both manuscript and illustrative material, with an emphasis on the latter. Manuscript materials include a corrected typescript, a corrected galley froof, a layout note, and front matter for The Story of Jesus published in 1967. Illustrative materials consist of illustrations done in a variety of media for the other four titles.

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

Albanian Wonder Tales, 1936

American A B C, 1941

Miss Posy Longlegs, 1955

Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles, 1945

The Story of Jesus: A Little New Testament, 1967

Miscellaneous items,


Biographical Sketch

Maud (Fuller) Petersham was born August 5, 1890, in Kingston, NY. She graduated from Vassar College in 1912 and later studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. While working for the International Art Service, an advertising agency in New York City, she met and married co-worker Miska Petersham. He had been born Mikaly Petrezselyem in Torokszentmiklos, Hungary, on September 20, 1888. In 1920 the Petershams illustrated their first book for children, The Enchanted Forest by William Bowen. During their long and prolific careers, they illustrated dozens of books by many different authors of both fiction and nonfiction. The Petershams also wrote and illustrated many books together, beginning in 1929 with Miki , the story of a little boy's trip to Hungary. Many of their books were about children from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Critics praised these books for the "respect they showed for other cultures and races." In 1942 the Petershams received a Caldecott Honor citation for An American A B C , and in 1946 they won the Caldecott Medal for The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles . In the 1960s and 70s they were recognized by critics and educatiors for their "concern for multi-ethnic and racial consciousness" long before it became widely practiced in children's literature. Miska Petersham died on May 15, 1960, and Maud (Fuller) Petersham died on November 29, 1971. Biographical scources: Something About the Author , Vol. 17, p. 146-152 Twentieth Century Children's Writers , 3rd ed., p. 773-774


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for five titles published between 1936 and 1967, including The Story of Jesus (1967) that is a combined edition of Jesus' Story (1942) and The Story of Jesus (1944). Production materials include both manuscript and illustrative material, with an emphasis on the latter. There is manuscript material for one tilte only, The Story of Jesus: A Little New Testament , published in 1967. It consists of a corrected typescript, a corrected galley proof, a layout note, and front matter. Illustrative material consists of pencil illustrations, an ink illustration, and a black and white half-tone illustration.

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.
  • Petersham, Maud and Miska
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Albanian Wonder Tales 1936 
Note  Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1936
Box M. C. 842
Ink Illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 842
 
American A B C 1941 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1941
Box M. C. 842
Black and white half-tone illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 842
 
Miss Posy Longlegs 1955 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1955
Box M. C. 842
Pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 842
 
Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles 1945 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1945
Box M. C. 959
Pencil illustrations (2 p.)  Box M. C. 959
 
The Story of Jesus: A Little New Testament 1967 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1967
Box M. F. 653
Typescript, corrected (87 p.)  Box M. F. 653
 
Galley proof, corrected (20 p.)  Box M. F. 653
 
Layout notes (1 p.)  Box M. F. 653
 
Front matter (3 p.)  Box M. F. 653
 
Miscellaneous items  
Box M. C. 1254
Books are Bridges poster (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1254
 
United Book Week poster (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1254