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William Steig Papers

Summary Information
Title: William Steig Papers
Dates: c. 1955-1977
Creator: Steig, William
Extent: .56 linear ft.--written .3 cubic ft.--illustrative
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1896
Abstract:
The collection includes production materials for seven titles, one unpublished. Materials include manuscript and illustrative material. Correspondence is chiefly between Steig and Robert Kraus, president of Windmill Books. Miscellaneous materials include legal agreements, royalty statements, copyright certificates, a promotional flyer, copies of reviews, and a videocassette.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

William Steig donated production and other related materials from his first two published children's books to the Children's Literature Research Collections in 1969, and made further donations in later years. Robert Kraus donated the Steig/Windmill Books correspondence files to the CLRC in c. 1981.


Arrangement

Materials are arranged by title.


Biographical Sketch

William Steig was born November 14, 1907, in New York City. He attended City College of New York (1923-25) and the National Academy of Design (1925-29), and began his career as a cartoonist for The New Yorker in 1930. His first children's books were published in 1968. His third children's book, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble won the 1970 Caldecott Medal, the first of many awards for his work in children's literature. Successful characterizations, expressive drawings, and dry wit characterize Steig's work. He is also the creator of the Poor Pitiful Pearl doll which appeared in the 1950s, and claimed credit for producing the first studio-card or contemporary greeting card line.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vols. 18, 70, 111, 149 Children's Literature Review , vol. 15


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for six published and one unpublished title, and includes typescripts, some corrected or carbon, front matter, galley proofs, correspondence, a promotional flyer for CDB! , a corrected photocopy of a holograph for a film, copyright certificates, contracts, reviews, a copy of the Reader's Digest reprint of CDB! , and a videocassette.

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.
  • Steig, William, 1907-2003
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Bad Island, The 1969 
Note New York: Windmill Books, 1969
Box MF1256 folder 1
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected, with front matter (9 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected, photocopy (9 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
front and back flap copy (4 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
illustration proofs (4 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
correspondence (8 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
Box MF1256 folder 2
photographs of Steig, black and white (3 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 2
 
copyright certificate (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 2
 
reviews (29 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 2
 
Bad Speller, The 1970 
Note New York: Windmill Books, 1970
Box MF1256 folder 1
typescript, corrected, partial carbon (4 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
flap copy (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
illustration proofs (4 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
pencil study (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
felt pen study (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
sheet pencil and ink studies (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
ink and felt pen study (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
copyright certificate (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
reviews (14 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
CDB! 1968 
Note New York: Windmill Books, 1968
Box MF1256 folder 1
typescript (2 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
galley proof (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
illustration proofs (3 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
Box MC1157
ink and watercolor illustrations (43 p.)  Box MC1157
Box MF1256 folder 1
felt pen illustration (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
felt pen and pencil studies (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
signature studiers (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
promotional flyer (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
correspondence (17 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
copyright certificate (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
Box MF1256 folder 2
reviews (24 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 2
 
reprint Reader's Digest, Aug., 1969 (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 2
 
Correspondence and miscellaneous material  
Box MF1402 folder 1
correspondence (46 p.)  Box MF1402 folder 1
Box MF1256 folder 1
correspondence (33 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
Box MF1255 folder 1
correspondence (42 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 1
Box MF1255 folder 2
correspondence (86 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 2
Box MF1255 folder 3
correspondence (41 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 3
Box MF1402 folder 1
legal agreement, 3 photocopies (3 p.)  Box MF1402 folder 1
 
legal agreement, photocopy (3 p.)  Box MF1402 folder 1
 
application for reduction of French taxes (6 p.)  Box MF1402 folder 1
 
royalty statements, carbon (3 p.)  Box MF1402 folder 1
Box MF1255 folder 2
royalty statement 6/30/69 (1 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 2
 
typescript, story outline (1 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 2
Box MF1255 folder 3
contract with cover note, 1966 (2 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 3
 
ink illustration on acetate and paper (1 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 3
 
contract with Windmill Books (1 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 3
Box MF1256 folder 1
address labels (23 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
ink and watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
ink studies (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
felt pen studies (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
application for reduction of French taxes on royalties (6 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
Eye for Elephants, An 1970 
Note New York: Windmill Books, 1970
Box MF1255 folder 1
holograph with pen sketches (1 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (9 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 1
 
proofs (2 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 1
 
Poor Pearl  
Box MF1348 folder 1
typescript, photocopy (61 p.)  Box MF1348 folder 1
 
Roland the Minstrel Pig 1968 
Note New York: Windmill Books and E.P. Dutton, 1968
Box MF1256 folder 1
typescript (7 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
typescript, partial, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (1 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
flap copy (2 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
 
galley proof (12 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 1
Box MF1256 folder 2
correspondence (19 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 2
Box MF1256 folder 3
reviews (82 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 3
Box MF1256 folder 4
dummy (32 p.)  Box MF1256 folder 4
Box MC1157
dummy (32 p.)  Box MC1157
 
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble 1969 
Note New York: Windmill Books, 1969
Box MF1255 folder 1
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 1
Box MF1255 folder 2
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 2
Box MF1255 folder 1
typescript, carbon (7 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 1
 
galley proof (4 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 1
 
illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 1
Box MF1255 folder 4
correspondence (28 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 4
Box MF1255 folder 3
reviews (49 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 3
Box MF1255 folder 4
contracts (17 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 4
Box MF1255 folder 2
holograph for film, corrected photocopy (17 p.)  Box MF1255 folder 2
 
William Steig Collection  
Box AV Box 2, V-6
Minnesota Authors and stories: William Steig Collection (Tailspins: Reading Aloud to Children) videocassette (1 p.)  Box AV Box 2, V-6