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Thacher Hurd Papers

Summary Information
Title: Thacher Hurd papers
Dates: 1968-2001
Creator: Hurd, Thacher
Extent: 17 linear feet (9 boxes)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-1855
Abstract:
This collection consists of production material for 13 children's books, including manuscripts, typescripts, dummies, research, and correspondence, as well as sketches, studies, illustrations, and color separations in a variety of media. The collection also includes catalogs and greeting card artwork for Peaceable Kingdom Press.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Hurd, Thacher

Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Copyright:

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Thacher Hurd papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by title.


Biographical Sketch of Thacher Hurd

John Thacher Hurd was born in 1949 in Burlington, Vermont, son of children's book illustrator Clement Hurd and children's book author Edith Thacher Hurd. His youth was spent in rural Vermont where he often watched his father work in his studio and where he learned about children's books. At the age of 16 he collaborated with his parents on the book Little Dog Dreaming. He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts and later taught writing and illustrating for children, but wanted to become a serious artist. He didn't intend to become a children's author and illustrator, but soon realized that "the little doodles and fanciful drawings" he was doing on the side were expressing a deeper part of himself. His first solo effort was The Quiet Evening in 1978. He continues to write and illustrate children's books and also co-owns Peaceable Kingdom Press with his wife, Olivia Hurd.

Biographical source: Something About the Author, vol. 94, p. 113-117.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of production material for 13 children's books, including manuscripts, typescripts, dummies, research, and correspondence, as well as sketches, studies, illustrations, and color separations in a variety of media. The collection also includes catalogs and greeting card artwork for Peaceable Kingdom Press.

Related Material

Dayle Ann Dodds Collection

Ida Luttrell Papers

Subject Terms
INDEX TERMS
  • This 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.
  • Hurd, Thacher
  • Otto, Carolyn
  • Komaiko, Leah
  • Luttrell, Ida
  • Dodds, Dayle Ann
  • Dinosaurs -- Juvenile fiction
  • Bedtime -- Juvenile fiction
  • Stories in rhyme -- Juvenile fiction
  • Foxes -- Fiction
  • Dogs -- Juvenile fiction
  • Mice -- Juvenile fiction
  • Valentines -- Juvenile fiction
  • Birthdays -- Fiction
  • Bands (Music) -- Juvenile fiction
  • Musicians -- Juvenile fiction
  • Alligators -- Juvenile fiction
  • Swamps -- Juvenile fiction
  • Cats -- Juvenile fiction
  • Chickens -- Juvenile fiction
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Rats -- Fiction
  • Toy and movable books
  • Christmas stories
  • Santa Claus -- Juvenile fiction
  • Wheels -- Juvenile fiction
  • Sound -- Juvenile fiction
  • Stories in rhyme
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Axle the Freeway Cat 1981  
Box 1
Corrected typescripts, photocopied typescripts, corrected photocopied typescripts 1979-1981  Box 1 , Folder 1
 
Corrected front matter, page proof, notes, correspondence 1979-1982  Box 1 , Folder 2
 
Reviews, research, photographs for research 1968-1981  Box 1 , Folder 3
 
Corrected page proof 1981  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Ink, color pencil, and watercolor dummy undated  Box 1 , Folder 5
Note  1 item
 
Corrected photocopied dummy, book jackets undated  Box 1 , Folder 6
Note  6 items
Box 3
Ink and watercolor studies, some with pencil and color pencil undated  Box 3
Note  25 items
 
Ink and color pencil study undated  Box 3
Note  1 item
 
Ink sketches undated  Box 3
Note  6 items
 
Pencil sketches undated  Box 3
Note  11 items
 
Color separations, including some photocopies and some corrected versions undated  Box 3
Note  122 items
 
Page proofs undated  Box 3
Note  9 items
 
The Big Book for Peace 1990  
Box 1
Manuscripts, typescript, photocopied dummy, correspondence 1988-1989  Box 1 , Folder 7
 
Pencil and watercolor dummies, photocopied corrected dummy undated  Box 1 , Folder 8
Note  4 items
 
Pencil and ink sketches undated  Box 1 , Folder 9
Note  5 items
Box 5
Pencil and ink sketch undated  Box 5
Note  1 item
 
Ink and watercolor illustration with text overlay undated  Box 5
Note  3 items
 
Dinosaur Chase 1991  
Note  Author: Carolyn Otto
Box 1
Contact prints for research undated  Box 1 , Folder 10
 
Photocopied dummies undated  Box 1 , Folder 11
Note  2 items
 
Ink dummy, pencil dummy undated  Box 1 , Folder 12
Note  2 items
 
Watercolor and ink studies, watercolor scratch print, ink studies, text paste-up undated  Box 1 , Folder 13
Note  12 items
Box 4
Pencil and ink layout sketch undated  Box 4
Note  1 item
 
Ink studies undated  Box 4
Note  4 items
 
Pencil and watercolor studies undated  Box 4
Note  2 items
 
Pencil and watercolor study with ink overlay and ink study undated  Box 4
Note  1 item
 
Ink and watercolor studies and illustrations undated  Box 4
Note  13 items
 
Page proofs undated  Box 4
Note  17 items
 
Fritzi Fox Flew in from Florida 1995  
Note  Author: Leah Komaiko
Box 1
Typescript, photocopied typescript 1993  Box 1 , Folder 14
 
Pencil dummy, ink, pencil, color pencil, and watercolor dummy undated  Box 1 , Folder 15
Note  2 items
 
Watercolor and color pencil studies undated  Box 1 , Folder 16
Note  2 items
Box 8
Watercolor illustrations, some with text overlay undated  Box 8
Note  13 items
 
Hobo Dog 1980  
Box 1
Corrected manuscripts undated  Box 1 , Folder 17
 
Little Mouse's Big Valentine 1990  
Box 1
Corrected typescripts, partial proofs in varied fonts 1988  Box 1 , Folder 18
 
Photocopied sketches for book jacket, photocopied corrected page proof, photocopied page proof, correspondence 1987-1988  Box 1 , Folder 19
 
Binding and size specifications, page proof undated  Box 1 , Folder 20
 
Ink, pencil, and watercolor dummy, photocopied dummy 1986  Box 1 , Folder 21
Note  2 items
 
Pencil dummies 1988  Box 1 , Folder 22
Note  2 items
Box 4
Ink and water color studies undated  Box 4
Note  2 items
 
Ink study undated  Box 4
Note  1 item
 
Ink, watercolor, and color pencil illustrations with text overlay undated  Box 4
Note  10 items
 
Little Mouse's Birthday Cake 1992  
Box 1
Typescript, corrected typescripts, photocopied typescript, photocopied corrected typescripts 1990-1992  Box 1 , Folder 23
 
Copyright notice proofs, font samples, page proofs, correspondence 1990-1991  Box 1 , Folder 24
 
Ink and color pencil dummy, ink, color pencil, and watercolor study undated  Box 1 , Folder 25
Note  2 items
 
Mama Don't Allow: Starring Miles and the Swamp Band 1984  
Box 1
Corrected manuscripts, typescript, notes, book jackets, correspondence, research 1982-1984  Box 1 , Folder 26
 
Photocopied corrected dummy, corrected typescript, corrected page proof, sheet music 1983-1984  Box 1 , Folder 27
 
Ink, pencil, and watercolor dummies undated  Box 1 , Folder 28
Note  4 items
 
Ink and pencil sketches, ink, watercolor, and color pencil sketches undated  Box 1 , Folder 29
Note  3 items
Box 5
Photocopied illustrations, some with watercolor undated  Box 5
Note  6 items
 
Pencil and watercolor study with research attached undated  Box 5
Note  1 item
 
Pencil and ink sketches undated  Box 5
Note  4 items
 
Ink, watercolor, and color pencil study with pencil sketches attached undated  Box 5
Note  1 item
 
Ink, watercolor, and color pencil studies undated  Box 5
Note  8 items
 
Page proof undated  Box 5
Note  1 item
Box 9
Color separations undated  Box 9
Note  27 items
 
Mattie and the Chicken Thief 1988  
Note  Author: Ida Luttrell
Box 1
Ink and pencil dummy undated  Box 1 , Folder 30
Note  1 item
Box 5
Ink and watercolor illustrations with text overlay 1988  Box 5
Note  13 items
 
Ink and watercolor studies undated  Box 5
Note  18 items
 
Pencil Sketches undated  Box 5
Note  2 items
 
Mystery on the Docks 1983  
Box 1
Typescripts, corrected typescripts, photocopied typescript, photocopied corrected typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 31
 
Galley, book jackets, correspondence, reviews, corrected page proof 1982-1984  Box 1 , Folder 32
 
Notes, research, book jackets  Box 1 , Folder 33
 
Color pencil, ink and watercolor dummy 1983  Box 1 , Folder 34
Note  1 item
 
Pencil sketches, color pencil and watercolor study, pencil and watercolor dummies undated  Box 1 , Folder 35
Note  7 items
Box 6
Page proof undated  Box 6
Note  1 item
 
Ink layout sketch undated  Box 6
Note  1 item
 
Charcoal, watercolor, and pencil studies undated  Box 6
Note  8 items
 
Watercolor and ink study 1983  Box 6
Note  1 item
 
Watercolor study on transparency undated  Box 6
Note  1 item
 
Pastel studies undated  Box 6
Note  5 items
 
Color separations undated  Box 6
Note  14 items
Box 7
Color separations, including some text overlays undated  Box 7
Note  50 items
Box 8
Color separations, including some text overlays undated  Box 8
Note  28 items
 
Charcoal studies undated  Box 8
Note  2 items
 
A Night in the Swamp: A Moveable Book 1987  
Box 1
Photocopied layout sketch, correspondence, review 1986-1987  Box 1 , Folder 36
 
Ink, watercolor, and color pencil dummy with paper cut-outs undated  Box 1 , Folder 37
Note  1 item
 
Ink, watercolor, and color pencil dummy with paper cut-outs undated  Box 1 , Folder 38
Note  1 item
 
Photocopied dummy with paper cut-outs undated  Box 1 , Folder 39
Note  1 item
 
Ink, watercolor, and color pencil studies, ink and watercolor studies undated  Box 1 , Folder 40
Note  12 items
Box 5
Design corrections undated  Box 5
Note  1 item
 
Ink and watercolor studies and illustrations 1986-1987  Box 5
Note  14 items
 
Ink, water color, and color pencil study with transparency 1987  Box 5
Note  1 item
 
Peaceable Kingdom Press 1988-2001  
Box 1
Catalogs 1988-2001  Box 1 , Folder 41
 
Greeting cards undated  Box 1 , Folder 42
 
Ink sketches undated  Box 1 , Folder 43
Note  11 items
 
Pencil sketches, ink sketches, photocopies with correspondence 1988-1990, undated  Box 1 , Folder 44
Note  27 items
 
Ink, color pencil, and watercolor studies and illustrations for greeting cards undated  Box 1 , Folder 45
Note  19 items
Box 4
Ink, color pencil, and watercolor studies and illustrations for greeting cards undated  Box 4
Note  10 items
 
Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer 1998  
Box 2
Typescripts, corrected typescripts, photocopied corrected typescript 1996  Box 2 , Folder 1
 
Photocopied page proof, color copies of illustrations, size specifications 1995-1997  Box 2 , Folder 2
 
Pencil dummies undated  Box 2 , Folder 3
Note  2 items
 
Ink and watercolor dummies 1997, undated  Box 2 , Folder 4
Note  4 items
 
Ink and watercolor studies, ink study, ink and pencil study undated  Box 2 , Folder 5
Note  7 items
Box 5
Ink and watercolor study undated  Box 5
Note  1 item
 
Ink and watercolor illustrations undated  Box 5
Note  13 items
Box 8
Ink and watercolor illustration undated  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Wheel Away! 1989  
Note  Author: Dayle Ann Dodds
Box 2
Corrected page proof undated  Box 2 , Folder 6
 
Printer's transparencies undated  Box 2 , Folder 7
 
Ink and pencil dummies undated  Box 2 , Folder 8
Note  2 items
Box 6
Watercolor collages, some with text overlay undated  Box 6
Note  18 items