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Brian Pinkney Papers, undated, 1996-2011

Summary Information
Title: Brian Pinkney Papers
Dates: undated, 1996-2011
Creator: Pinkney, J. Brian
Extent: 5 boxes (2.08 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English.
Collection Number: CLRC-2130
Abstract:
This collection consists of drawings, watercolors, artist's dummies of book layouts, page proofs, and photographs used for reference related to thirteen publications illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Brian Pinkney and Andrea Davis Pinkney

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is requred. 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:

J. Brian Pinkney Papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by title.


Biographical Sketch

Brian Pinkney was born in Boston in 1961; his father Jerry was an illustration and his mother Gloria Jean was an author, milliner, and silversmith. In 1983 he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Philadelphia College of Art, where his father had also attended. Beginning his career as a freelance illustrator, Brian eventually returned to school to complete a Masters of Fine Arts degree in illustration in 1990 from the School of Visual Arts in New York. While working as an illustrator for a magazine art department Brian met Andrea Davis, an editor and writer, and the two were married in 1991. Together, Brian and Andrea have created nine picture books, including a series of biographies of famous African Americans, including Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Orchestra published in 1998, and Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa in 2002. Brian has won numerous awards including a Coretta Scott King Award, four Coretta Scott King Honors, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and two Caldecott Honors. His works have also been exhibited in museums around the country including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Detroit Institute of Art.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains original artwork for thirteen books that Brian Pinkney illustrated from 1993 to 2013, of which his wife Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author. The collection includes drawings, watercolors, artist's dummies of book layouts, page proofs, research, and black and white matted photographs used for reference.

Related Material

A number of titles illustrated by Brian Pinkney were written by his wife, Andrea Davis Pinkney. For manuscript materials, please refer to the finding aid for the Andrea Davis Pinkney Papers.

Subject Terms
Indexing 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.
  • Pinkney, J. Brian
  • Pinkney, Andrea Davis
  • Ailey, Alvin -- Juvenile literature
  • Ailey, Alvin
  • Dancers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Choreographers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Fitzgerald, Ella -- Juvenile literature
  • Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Drawings
  • Photographs
  • Watercolors
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Alvin Ailey 1993 
Box 2
Spanish language copy of book, dedicated and signed 1996  Box 2 , Folder 1
 
Artist's Dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 2
 
Artist's Dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 3
 
Reference photographs, black and white undated ( 8 items )  Box 2 , Folder 4
 
Reference photographs, black and white undated ( 9 items )  Box 2 , Folder 5
 
Reference photographs, black and white undated ( 10 items )  Box 2 , Folder 6
 
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 15 items )  Box 2 , Folder 7
Box 1
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 22 items )  Box 1
Box 3
Drawings, pen on paper and pencil on paper undated ( 7 items )  Box 3
 
Bill Pickett, Rodeo-Ridin' Cowboy, 1996 
Box 2
Artist's Dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 8
 
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired A Nation, 2008 
Box 3
Signed publicity poster 2009  Box 3
 
Watercolor on board; final art undated ( 2 items )  Box 3
 
Dear Benjamin Banneker, 1994 
Box 3
Drawing, pen on paper undated  Box 3
 
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Orchestra 1998 
Box 2
Artist's Dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 13
 
Pen on paper sketches and notes storyboarding illustrations undated ( 11 items )  Box 2 , Folder 14
Box 4
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 44 items )  Box 4
 
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 40 items )  Box 4
 
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 40 items )  Box 4
Box 3
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 51 items )  Box 3
 
Drawings, pen on paper with printed words undated ( 35 items )  Box 3
 
Color page proofs undated ( 31 items )  Box 3
 
Paint and drawing on scraper board, lettering undated ( 2 items )  Box 3
 
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa 2002 
Box 1
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 30 items )  Box 1
 
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 30 items )  Box 1
 
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 18 items )  Box 1
Box 3
Drawings, pen on paper; layout with words undated ( 2 items )  Box 3
 
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, 2012 
Box 3
Signed publicity poster undated  Box 3
 
Watercolor portraits undated ( 7 items )  Box 3
 
Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song, 2013 
Box 2
Research of images 2011  Box 2 , Folder 11
Box 3
Drawings, colored pencil on paper; layout sketches 2011 ( 2 items )  Box 3
 
Mim's Christmas Jam, 2001 
Box 2
Artist's dummy and layout sketches undated ( 9 items )  Box 2 , Folder 12
Box 3
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 2 items )  Box 3
 
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa, 1993 
Box 2
Artist's Dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 13
 
Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, 2010 
Box 2
Research of images with sketches, 2009  Box 2 , Folder 14
Box 3
Page proofs for layout undated  Box 3
 
Watercolors undated ( 4 items )  Box 3
 
Sleeping Cutie 2004 
Box 2
Author's Dummy with edits undated  Box 2 , Folder 8
 
Artist's Dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 9
 
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 33 items )  Box 2 , Folder 10
 
Drawings, pen on paper undated ( 24 items )  Box 2 , Folder 11
 
Photocopies of drawings undated ( 2 items )  Box 2 , Folder 12
Box 1
Photocopy of drawing of cover undated ( 1 item )  Box 1
 
Watercolor undated ( 1 item )  Box 1
 
Drawings, pen on tracing paper undated ( 8 items )  Box 1
Box 3
Drawings, pen on tracing paper undated ( 6 items )  Box 3
 
Drawings, pen on paper, page proof layouts 2003 ( 14 items )  Box 3
 
Color photocopies of illustrations undated ( 2 items )  Box 3
 
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride, 2009 
Box 3
Page proofs and poster 2009  Box 3