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Leo Politi Collection

Summary Information
Title: Leo Politi Collection
Dates: 1942-1962
Creator: Politi, Leo
Extent: 1.2 cubic ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1761
Abstract:
Leo Politi"s papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for eleven titles published between 1944 and 1957. Production materials include illustrations and studies done in a variety of media, a proof, and dummies. There is also an illustration done for an unpublished textbook. The collection also contains some miscellaneous artwork with one item inscribed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan and two with notes to Dr. 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

Angelo, the Naughty One, 1944

At the Palace Gates, 1949

Boat For Peppe, 1950

Building Our Western Hemishere, unpublished

Butterflies Come, 1957

Columbus Story, 1955

Little Leo, 1951

Looking-For-Something: the Story Of a Stray Burro Of Ecuador, 1952

Magic Money, 1950

Miscellaneous Art,

Mission Bell, 1953

Stories From the Americas, 1944

Three Miracles, 1946


Biographical Sketch

Leo Politi was born November 21, 1908 in Fresno, California. He went to live in Brani, Italy in 1915, his mother's family home. He studied art at the National Art Institute in Mona, Italy. In 1931, he returned to California and settled in Los Angeles, living in the Mexican section of the city, a setting that would later form the backdrop of several of his books. In 1938, Leo Politi wrote and illstrated his first book for children, Little Pancho , the story of a little Mexican boy. In 1950, he received the Caldecott Medal for Song Of the Swallow , which tells the story of the kindness of the Fathers of the San Juan Capistrano Mission and the coming of spring. He also received Caldecott Honor citations for Pedro, the Angel Of Olvera Street in 1947 and Juanita in 1949. Many of his works have regional settings but his themes such as the importance of family and tradition are universal. His pictures have a sense of rhythm and reflect his love of folk art and color. Leo Politi died on March 24, 1996 in Los Angeles, California. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vol. 47, p. 172-182 Something About the Author , vol. 88, p.163


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for eleven titles published between 1944 and 1957. The production materials include illustrations done in tempera and watercolor, studies done in tempera, ink, watercolor, and a proof and dummies. There is also a watercolor illustration done for an unpublished textbook. The collection also contains some miscellaneous artwork done in a variety of media.

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.
  • Politi, Leo
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Angelo, the Naughty One 1944 
Note by Helen Garrett
New York: Viking, 1944
Box M. C. 975
Tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
At the Palace Gates 1949 
Note by Helen Rand Parish
New York: Viking, 1949
Box M. C. 231
Ink study (1 p.)  Box M. C. 231
 
Sheet of ink studies (1 p.)  Box M. C. 231
 
Boat For Peppe 1950 
Note  New York: Scribner, 1950
Box M. C. 975
Tempera study (inscribed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan) (1 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
Building Our Western Hemisphere unpublished 
Note  unpublished
Box M. C. 975
Original watercolor (Signed by Leo Politi) (1 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
Butterflies Come 1957 
Note  New York: Scribner, 1957
Box M. C. 223
Pencil, tempera and watercolor dummy with text proof and typescript (Inscribed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan) (36 p.)  Box M. C. 223
 
Tempera studies (2 p.)  Box M. C. 223
 
Ink and watercolor study (1p. )  Box M. C. 223
 
Note by Leo Politi to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, September 1962 (1 p.)  Box M. C. 223
 
Columbus Story 1955 
Note by Alice Dalgliesh
New York: Scribner, 1955
Box M. C. 975
Tempera illustration for title page (inscribed for Dr. Kerlan on February 8, 1957) (1 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
Little Leo 1951 
Note  New York: Scribner, 1951
Box M. C. 975
Two tempera illustrations on 1 sheet (1 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
Looking-For-Something: the Story Of a Stray Burro Of Ecuador 1952 
Note by Ann Nolan Clark
New York: Viking, 1952
Box M. C. 223
Uncut page proof (1 p.)  Box M. C. 223
 
Magic Money 1950 
Note by Ann Nolan Clark
New York: Viking, 1950
Box M. C. 975
Watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
Watercolor studies (3 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
Miscellaneous Art  
Box M. C. 1093
Watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1093
 
Ink and pencil sketches not illustrations (Given to the Kerlan Collection in June 1974, one is signed for Dr. Kerlan, the other for the Kerlan Collection) (2 p.)  Box M. C. 1093
 
Ink and watercolor decorated packages, not illustrations (Sent to Dr. Kerlan by Leo Politi) (2 p.)  Box M. C. 1093
 
Pencil and watercolor studies, not illustrations (Done with intention of writing book on straw) (2 p.)  Box M. C. 1093
 
Pencil and watercolor study, not illustration (Dated 1942) (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1093
 
Watercolor study, not illustration (Signed for Dr. Kerlan) (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1093
 
Mission Bell 1953 
Note  New York: Scribner, 1953
Box M. C. 975
Pencil and proof dummy (working dummy) (32 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
Note by Leo Politi to Dr. Kerlan dated 1956 (1 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
Stories From the Americas 1944 
Note Collected and translated by Frank Henius
New York: Scribner, 1944
Box M. C. 975
Four tempera illustrations (2 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
Tempera studies for jacket (2 p.)  Box M. C. 975
 
Three Miracles 1946 
Note by Caterine Blanton
New York: Day, 1946
Box M. C. 975
Tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 975