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Wilfrid S. Bronson Papers

Summary Information
Title: Wilfrid S. Bronson Papers
Dates: 1935-1975
Creator: Bronson, Wilfrid S. (Wilfrid Swancourt), 1894-
Extent: 2 cubic ft.
Location: Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 30 minutes for retrieval.
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1824
Abstract:
The collection consists of original material for eighteen titles, including typescripts and holographs and ink, pencil and crayon illustrations.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Wilfrid Bronson started the collection in 1949 and added to it in 1970 and 1975.

Gift of: Bronson, Wilfrid S.


Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title and chronologically within each title.


Biographical Sketch

Wilfrid S. (Swancourt) Bronson was born October 24, 1894 in Chicago, IL, where his father, Frank Melville Bronson, was professor of Greek at Chicago University. His mother was Ann Goddard West.

He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and by 1917 was living with his sister, Hilda Bronson Farnsworth, in Richford, Tioga Co., NY. He filled out his draft registration card on May 29, 1917 in Tioaga County and served in World War I.

After the war, he resided in New York City and worked as a mural painter's assistant. He accompanied several scientific marine expeditions as a staff artist, and his first book, Fingerfins, the Tale of a Sargasso Fish was published in 1930

The last of the nineteen books he wrote was Dogs: Breeds for Young People , published in 1969. He also contributed many articles, always about animals, to journals and collaborated in writing several other books.

His wife, Sonia Joseph Bronson, was from Russia. They had no children. Bronson died April 23, 1985 in Milford, PA. He was age 90.

Biographical information provided by Ann Lounsbery Owens, June 2008, relative of the artist.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of original material for eighteen titles, including typescripts and holographs and ink, pencil and crayon illustrations illustrated or written by Wilfrid S. Bronson.

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.
  • Bronson, Wilfrid S. (Wilfrid Swancourt), 1894-
  • Animals -- Juvenile fiction
  • Nature -- Juvenile fiction
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Box MF 155, MC 1444
Beetles, published New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1963  Box MF 155, MC 1444
Note  MF 155 contains: 1 holograph, 2 corrected typescripts, correspondence, notes.
MC 1444 contains: 1 pencil dummy with proof, 1 ink and pencil illustration with 2 separations for jacket, 40 ink and pencil illustrations, 3 ink and pencil studies, 5 pencil studies, 5 sheets of pencil studies.
 
Cats 1950 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1950
Box MC 1442
ink and pencil dummy with holograph and text proof (86 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
ink and pencil illustration with 1 separation for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
ink calligraphy and pencil illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
ink and pencil illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
ink and pencil illustrations (50 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
crayon and pencil studies for jacket (3 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
pencil study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
Children of the Sea 1940 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1940
Box MF 155
typescript, corrected (183 p.)  Box MF 155
Box MC 1444
watercolor illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1444
 
crayon and ink illustrations (20 p.)  Box MC 1444
 
ink illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC 1444
 
chalk and pencil studies (2 p.)  Box MC 1444
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC 1444
 
sheet proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1444
 
Chisel-Tooth Tribe 1939 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1939
Box MC 1444
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1444
 
Coyotes 1946 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1946
Box MC 1442
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
crayon and Ink illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
crayon and ink illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
ink illustrations (32 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
Dogs 1969 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1969
Box MF 155
holograph and typescript, corrected carbon (65 p.)  Box MF 155
 
typescript, partial carbon, corrected with front matter, 6 p. (61 p.)  Box MF 155
 
correspondence (30 p.)  Box MF 155
Box MC 1443
ink and pencil dummy with text proof (104 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
ink and pencil illustration with 4 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
ink and pencil illustrations (66 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
crayon and ink study with 5 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
sheet color samples (1 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
Freedom and Plenty: Ours to Save 1953 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1953
Box MF 155
typescript, corrected carbon (46 p.)  Box MF 155
Box MC1447
pencil dummy with typescript (136 p.)  Box MC1447
Box MC 1447
ink illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
ink and pencil illustrations (93 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
crayon and ink study for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
sheet proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
Hooker's Holiday 1944 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1944
Box MC 1446
ink illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 1446
 
ink illustrations (31 p.)  Box MC 1446
 
Horns and Antlers 1942 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1942
Box MC 1445
ink illustrations (11 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
watercolor illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
pencil studies (2 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
Grasshopper Book 1943 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1943
Box MC 1443
ink illustrations (24 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
chalk study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
blueprint (1 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
Goats 1959 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1959
Box MC 1443
ink and pencil dummy with text proof (72 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
pencil dummy (68 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
ink illustration with 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
ink and pencil illustrations (49 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
crayon and ink studies for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 1443
 
Peter Freuchen's Story about Life in the Seven Seas 1959 
Note Freuchen, Peter with Loth, David
New York: Messner, 1959
Box MC 1445
watercolor illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
ink and pencil illustrations (55 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
Pinto's Journey 1948 
Note  New York: Messner, 1948
Box MC 1447
ink and pencil dummy with proof (76 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
ink and watercolor illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
ink illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
ink illustrations (35 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
watercolor illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
sheet illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
Starlings 1948 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1948
Box MF 155
typescript, corrected (28 p.)  Box MF 155
Box MC 1442
ink and pencil illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
pencil and watercolor study jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1442
 
Stooping Hawk and Stranded Whale 1942 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1942
Box MC 1445
ink illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
ink illustrations (15 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
sheets pencil studies (2 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
Turtles 1945 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1945
Box MC 1445
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
ink illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
ink illustrations (31 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
crayon and ink study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC 1445
 
sheet proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1445
Box MC 1447
Unverified art  Box MC 1447
Note  Contains: 1 crayon and ink study, 7 sheets crayon and pencil studies, 1 sheet pencil and watercolor studies, 1 ink study, 3 pencil studies, 3 sheets pencil studies, 1 tempura study, 2 ink illustrations.
 
Water People 1935 
Note  New York: Wise-Parslow, 1935
Box MC 1447
crayon, ink and watercolor dummy with typescript (48 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
ink, pencil and watercolor dummy with typescript (96 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
Wolf-Eye, the Bad One 1951 
Note  New York: Messner, 1951
Box MC 1447
crayon and ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
crayon and ink illustrations (6 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
crayon and pencil for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
ink and pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
pencil studies (8 p.)  Box MC 1447
 
sheet pencil studies (1 p.)  Box MC 1447