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Helen Stone Papers

Summary Information
Title: Helen Stone Papers
Dates: 1945-1951
Creator: Stone, Helen
Extent: .3 cubic ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1914
Helen Stone's papers focus on her work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production materials for four titles and includes illustrations done in watercolor, a dummy with original watercolors and text paste-up, and an illustrator's dummy. Two of the pieces are signed for Dr. Irvin 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.


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.


All Around the Town, 1948

Horse Who Had His Picture in the Paper, The, 1951

Plain Princess, The, 1945

Pussycat's Christmas, A, 1949

Biographical Sketch

Helen Stone was born October 31, 1904 in Englewood, New Jersey. She attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts and the Art Students League, and later studied in Paris. After spending time teaching and doing some designing and commercial art, she began illustrating books, and in 1944 she illustrated her first book for children. During the next two decades she illustrated a number of books for children, written by a variety of authors. She believed in giving full scope to design and color, and in enlivening her illustrations with a sense of humor and beauty. She usually worked in three colors and black, but also used separations. She received two Caldecott Honor Book citations, for All Around the Town (1948) and The Most Wonderful Doll in the World (1950).

Biographical Sources: Illustrators of Children's Books: 1946-1956 , p. 185 Illustrators of Children's Books: 1957-1966 , p. 181, Newbery and Caldecott Medalists and Honor Book Citations 2nd ed. pp. 409-410

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for four titles, and includes original watercolor illustrations, two of which are signed for Dr. Irvin Kerlan, an illustrator's dummy, and a watercolor dummy with text proof paste-up.

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.
  • Stone, Helen
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
All Around the Town 1948 
Note  : , 1948
Box MC1168
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1168
Horse Who Had His Picture in the Paper, The 1951 
Note Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1951
Box MC1168
illustrator's dummy, unpaged (1 p.)  Box MC1168
Plain Princess, The 1945 
Note Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1945
Box MC1168
watercolor dummy with text proof paste-up (1 p.)  Box MC1168
Pussycat's Christmas, A 1949 
Note New York: Crowell, 1949
Box MC1168
original watercolor illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1168