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James McMullan papers, undated, 1992-2013

Summary Information
Title: James McMullan papers
Dates: undated, 1992-2013
Creator: McMullan, James.
Extent: 34 boxes (14.83 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English.
Collection Number: CLRC-2131
Abstract:
This collection includes correspondence, dummy copies of books, photographs and negatives used for reference, watercolors, and drawings. The bulk of the collection is comprised of early study drawings and the watercolor final art.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

All materials gift of James McMullan with one exception. The final art for pages 8-9 of I'm Mighty was bought at An ABFEE (American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression) auction in June of 2013 for the CLRC Collection as a gift from Kate DiCamillo in honor of Dr. Joseph Carroll Von Drasek.

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:

James McMullan papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by title.


Biographical Sketch

James McMullan was born in June 1934 in Tsingtao, North China. His grandparents had immigrated to China from Ireland in the 1880's as missionaries for the Anglican Church, eventually establishing an orphanage and the export company James McMullan Ltd. McMullan himself lived in Cheefoo, where the McMullan company had its headquarters, until 1941, when he and his mother left for Canada while his father joined the British Army. In 1945, a month after the end of the war, James's father was killed in a plane crash while flying to a prisoner of war camp to make arrangements for the internees to return home.

When McMullan was 17, he and his mother immigrated to the United States. He studied for a year at the Cornish School of Allied Arts in Seattle. At 19, he volunteered for the United States Army, serving at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he illustrated diagrams of where to position propaganda loudspeakers on Sherman tanks. After his service, McMullan moved to New York City in 1955 and continued his art education at Pratt Institute. During his time at Pratt, he supported himself illustrating book jackets and provided magazine illustrations for titles including Esquire and Sport Illustrated.

In 1966, McMullan joined Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast at Push Pin Studios. Eventually in 1969 McMullan left Push Pin just as Milton Glaser and Clay Felker were starting New York Magazine; McMullan thus became part of the core group of artists that contributed to that magazine's singular graphic personality. In 1976, McMullan completed his first Broadway poster for the play Comedians . McMullan went on to meet Bernard Gersten, the Executive Producer of Lincoln Center Theater who eventually hired him to create theatrical posters for that institution. McMullan has created more than fifty posters for Lincoln Center Theater, including for shows such as Anything Goes , Carousel , Ah! Wilderness , A Delicate Balance , and South Pacific .

In 1979 Jim McMullan married Kate Hall, a children book writer from St. Louis. A year later, their daughter was born. His first book published with his wife, titled The Noisy Giant's Tea Party , was inspired by their experience with their daughter and was published in 1992.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection focuses on James McMullan's work as an illustrator of books for children. The collection contains materials for 16 titles published between 1992 and 2012, twelve of which were collaborations with his wife Kate McMullan. Other authors James McMullan worked with are Michael DeMunn ( The Earth is Good ), Karma Wilson ( Hogwash! and Horseplay! ), and Julie Andrews ( Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies ). The collection is comprised mostly of art, including early sketch drawings, color studies for watercolors, and the final art. The collection also includes correspondence, dummy copies from both the artist and the author, and photographs that were used as reference when creating the final art.

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.
  • McMullan, James, 1934-
  • Drawings
  • Watercolors
  • Photographs
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
The Earth is Good 1999 
Box 1
Photographs, black and white; reference photos undated ( (30 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 1
 
Photographs, black and white; reference photos undated ( (30 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 2
 
Photographs, black and white and color; reference photos undated ( (9 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 3
 
Photographs, black and white; contact sheet prints of reference photos undated ( (18 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Negatives, 35 mm film; reference photos undated ( (93 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 5
 
Negatives, 35 mm film; reference photos undated ( (33 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 6
 
Artist's black and white dummy book undated  Box 1 , Folder 7
Box 2
Watercolors; color study undated ( (10 items) )  Box 2
 
Watercolors; color study undated ( (10 items) )  Box 2
 
Watercolors; color study undated ((4 items) )  Box 2
 
Watercolors; final art for book including lettering, matted undated ( (7 items) )  Box 2
Box 3
Watercolors; final art for book including lettering, matted undated ( (8 items) )  Box 3
Box 4
Watercolors; final art for book including lettering, matted undated ( (2 items) )  Box 4
 
Watercolors; final art for book, half title page and lettering title page, matted undated ( (2 items) )  Box 4
 
Hey Pipsqueak! 1995 
Box 1
Photocopies of drawings, black and white; early artist's dummy undated  Box 1 , Folder 8
 
Publisher's dummy undated  Box 1 , Folder 9
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos, title page and page 5 undated ( (20 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 10
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos, page 6 and page 7 undated ( (12 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 11
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos, pages 10-11 undated ( (28 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 12
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos, pages 12-13 undated ( (27 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 13
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos, pages 14-15, page 16 undated ( (26 items) )  Box 1 , Folder 14
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos, pages 17-23 undated ( (20 items) )  Box 6 , Folder 1
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos, pages 24-25, pages 26-27 undated ( (47 items) )  Box 6 , Folder 2
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos, page 28, page 29 undated ( (82 items) )  Box 6 , Folder 3
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos, pages 30-32 undated ( (55 items) )  Box 6 , Folder 4
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos undated ( (47 items) )  Box 6 , Folder 5
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos undated ( (59 items) )  Box 6 , Folder 6
 
Photographs, 4x6 color; reference photos and negatives undated ( (21 items) )  Box 6 , Folder 7
Box 5
Drawings, pen on paper; first stage character studies undated ( (3 items) )  Box 5
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; second stage pencil studies undated ( (5 items) )  Box 5
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; third stage pencil studies undated ( (9 items) )  Box 5
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; fourth stage pencil studies undated ( (5 items) )  Box 5
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; pencil studies 1993-1994, undated ( (29 items) )  Box 5
 
Watercolors; color study undated ( (10 items) )  Box 5
 
Watercolors; color study undated ( (10 items) )  Box 5
 
Watercolors; color study undated ( (9 items) )  Box 5
Box 4
Photocopies of drawings, black and white; pencil sketches undated ( (5 items) )  Box 4
 
Watercolors; color study undated ( (4 items) )  Box 4
 
Watercolors; final art, matted undated ( (4 items) )  Box 4
Box 7
Watercolors; final art, matted undated ( (9 items) )  Box 7
Box 8
Watercolors; final art, matted undated ( (9 items) )  Box 8
 
Hogwash! 2011 
Box 9
Artist's black and white dummy undated  Box 9 , Folder 1
 
Correspondence with editors 2008-2010  Box 9 , Folder 2
 
Drawings, pencil; early studies for cover undated ( (4 items) )  Box 9 , Folder 3
 
Drawings, pencil and pen; early studies undated ( (3 items) )  Box 9 , Folder 4
Box 10
Drawings, pencil; final pencil drawings for book undated ( (13 items) )  Box 10
 
Watercolors; color studies of cover undated ( (5 items) )  Box 10
 
Watercolors; color studies undated ( (5 items) )  Box 10
 
Watercolors; final color studies for style, matted undated ( (5 items) )  Box 10
Box 11
Watercolors; color studies undated ( (6 items) )  Box 11
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (10 items) )  Box 11
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (8 items) )  Box 11
 
Horseplay! 2012 
Box 12
Correspondence with editors 2011  Box 12 , Folder 1
 
Photocopies of final pencil drawings with editor's notes undated  Box 12 , Folder 2
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; early pencil sketches undated ( (15 items) )  Box 12 , Folder 3
Box 10
Drawings, pencil on paper; early pencil sketches undated ( (10 items) )  Box 10
Box 11
Watercolors; color studies undated ( (5 items) )  Box 11
Box 10
Watercolors; final art for cover and back undated ( (2 items) )  Box 10
Box 13
Watercolors; final art undated ( (10 items) )  Box 13
Box 14
Watercolors; final art undated ( (8 items) )  Box 14
 
I'm Bad! 2008 
Box 12
Correspondence, Harper Collins Publishers 2007  Box 12 , Folder 4
 
Artist's Dummy 2007  Box 12 , Folder 5
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; early pencil drawings undated ( (11 items) )  Box 12 , Folder 6
 
Drawings, pen on paper; initial ideas for cover undated ( (9 pages) )  Box 12 , Folder 7
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; more developed ideas for cover undated ( (5 items) )  Box 12 , Folder 8
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; more developed pencil studies undated ( (16 items) )  Box 12 , Folder 9
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; final version pencil drawings undated ( (25 items) )  Box 12 , Folder 10
Box 15
Drawings, pencil on paper; final version pencil drawings undated ( (5 items) )  Box 15
 
Drawing, pencil on tracing paper; Changes on cover (Joanna Cotler's edit) undated ( (1 item) )  Box 15
 
Watercolors; color sketches on cover undated ( (4 items) )  Box 15
 
Watercolors; color sketches on cover and black and white studies for lettering undated ( (4 items) )  Box 15
 
Watercolors; color sketch of back cover, color study of end paper, and color study of forest with hidden treasures undated ( (3 items) )  Box 15
 
Watercolors; color study of pages undated ( (3 items) )  Box 15
 
Watercolors; final art for inside of book undated ( (10 items) )  Box 15
 
Watercolors; final art for inside of book undated ( (11 items) )  Box 15
Box 16
Watercolor; final art for inside of book, matted undated ( (1 item) )  Box 16
 
Watercolor; final art for cover with overlay, matted undated ( (1 item) )  Box 16
 
I'm Big! 2010 
Box 9
Artist's Dummy, soft cover undated  Box 9 , Folder 5
 
Artist's Dummy, hard cover undated  Box 9 , Folder 6
Box 10
Drawings, pencil on paper; early pencil sketches undated ( (20 items) )  Box 10
Box 17
Watercolors; color studies undated ( (7 items) )  Box 17
Box 16
Watercolors; color studies undated ( (7 items) )  Box 16
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (4 items) )  Box 16
Box 18
Watercolors; final art undated ( (10 items) )  Box 18
Box 19
Watercolors; final art undated ( (5 items) )  Box 19
 
I'm Dirty! 2006 
Box 12
Artist's Dummy, preliminary black and white copy undated  Box 12 , Folder 11
 
Artist's Dummy, secondary color copy undated  Box 12 , Folder 12
 
Drawing, pen on paper; first stage conceptual pen drawings undated ( (1 item) )  Box 12 , Folder 13
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; early stage pencil drawings undated ( (7 items) )  Box 12 , Folder 14
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; final stage pencil drawings undated ( (29 items) )  Box 12 , Folder 15
Box 17
Drawings, pencil on paper; early stage pencil drawings undated ( (3 items) )  Box 17
 
Watercolors; color studies undated ( (6 items) )  Box 17
 
Watercolors; title page mockups including printout and acetate lettering undated ( (5 items) )  Box 17
Box 19
Watercolors; color studies undated ( (6 items) )  Box 19
Box 20
Watercolors; final cover art with lettering undated ( (2 items) )  Box 20
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (10 items) )  Box 20
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (10 items) )  Box 20
 
I'm Fast! 2012 
Box 9
Correspondence with editors 2010-2011  Box 9 , Folder 7
 
Author's Dummy 2010  Box 9 , Folder 8
 
Artist's Dummy, black and white undated  Box 9 , Folder 9
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; thumbnail pencil drawings of early idea undated ( (13 items) )  Box 9 , Folder 10
Box 17
Drawings, pencil on paper; early pencil studies undated ( (2 items) )  Box 17
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; final stage pencil drawings undated ( (13 items) )  Box 17
Box 20
Watercolors; color study for cover with lettering and black and white study for end paper undated ( (2 items) )  Box 20
 
Watercolors; first versions of "Sacramento Station," "freight loading," and "hopper" undated ( (3 items) )  Box 20
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (5 items) )  Box 20
Box 21
Watercolors; final art undated ( (14 items) )  Box 21
 
I'm Mighty! 2003 
Box 9
Artist's Dummy, black and white undated  Box 9 , Folder 11
Box 17
Drawing, pencil on paper; final pencil drawing of page 10-11 undated ( (1 item) )  Box 17
 
Watercolors; black and white brush drawings of possible tugboats and others undated ( (3 items) )  Box 17
 
Watercolor; color study of title page with acetate overlay undated ( (1 item) )  Box 17
Box 21
Drawing, pencil on paper; pencil study of cover ideas undated ( (1 item) )  Box 21
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (9 items) )  Box 21
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (7 items) )  Box 21
 
Watercolor; final art, pages 8-9 bought at auction by curator Lisa Von Drasek undated ( (1 item) )  Box 21
 
I Stink! 2002 
Box 9
Author's Dummy 2000  Box 9 , Folder 12
 
Artist's Dummy, color copy undated  Box 9 , Folder 13
Box 17
Drawings, pencil on illustration board; final pencil drawings undated ( (5 items) )  Box 17
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; early stage pencil studies undated ( (11 items) )  Box 17
 
Watercolors; color studies undated ( (7 items) )  Box 17
Box 22
Watercolors; color studies undated ( (5 items) )  Box 22
 
Watercolors; mock up layouts of color studies, mounted undated ( (10 items) )  Box 22
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (10 items) )  Box 22
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (10 items) )  Box 22
 
Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies 2009 
Box 33
Watercolors; final art undated ( (22 items) )  Box 33
Box 34
Watercolors; final art undated ( (41 items) )  Box 34
Box 37
Watercolor; final art for cover, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 37
 
Watercolor; final art for The Cow, The Runaway page 98-99, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 37
Box 38
Watercolor; final art for Nicholas Nye page 100-101, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 38
 
Watercolor; final art for Our Lady of Perpetual Demand and Observation page 64-65, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 38
Box 37
Watercolor; final art for At the Theater page 170-171, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 37
Box 38
Watercolor; final art for September, Merry Autumn Days, and Autumn page 32-33, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 38
Box 37
Watercolor; final art for My Favorite Things and A Cockeyed Optimist page 46-47, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 37
Box 35
Watercolor; final art for Growing Up page 55, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 35
 
Watercolor; final art for Talk to the Animals page 87, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 35
 
Watercolor; final art for Leisure page 153, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 35
Box 36
Watercolor; final art for Accentuate the Positive page 39, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 36
 
Watercolor; final art for Laughing Song, page 133, framed -- hanging in CLRC suite 2009 ( (1 item) )  Box 36
 
Noel the First 1996 
Box 9
Artist's Dummy, black and white 1996  Box 9 , Folder 14
Box 22
Watercolors; final art for cover lettering and border, matted undated ( (3 items) )  Box 22
 
Watercolors; final cover art and final title page art undated ( (2 items) )  Box 22
Box 23
Watercolors; final art undated ( (25 items) )  Box 23
 
Noisy Giants' Tea Party 1992 
Box 12
Artist's Dummy undated  Box 12 , Folder 16
Box 24
Drawings, pencil on paper; early stage pencil studies undated ( (16 items) )  Box 24
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; intermediate pencil studies undated ( (11 items) )  Box 24
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; final pencil studies undated ( (27 items) )  Box 24
 
Watercolors; color studies undated ( (8 items) )  Box 24
Box 22
Watercolors; final art undated ( (6 items) )  Box 22
Box 25
Watercolors; final art undated ( (10 items) )  Box 25
Box 26
Watercolors; final art undated ( (6 items) )  Box 26
 
No, No, Jo! 1997 
Box 27
Artist's Dummy undated  Box 27 , Folder 1
Box 28
Watercolors; final art undated ( (8 items) )  Box 28
Box 26
Watercolors; final art undated ( (3 items) )  Box 26
Box 29
Watercolors; final art undated ( (7 items) )  Box 29
 
Nutcracker Noel 1993 
Box 27
Negatives, 35mm film; reference photos 1992 ( (41 items) )  Box 27 , Folder 2
 
Correspondence with curator Lisa Von Drasek 2013  Box 27 , Folder 3
Box 28
Watercolors; color study and title page lettering undated ( (5 items) )  Box 28
Box 29
Watercolors; final art undated ( (4 items) )  Box 29
Box 30
Watercolors; final art undated ( (3 items) )  Box 30
Box 31
Watercolors; final art undated ( (24 items) )  Box 31
 
Papa's Song 2000 
Box 27
Artist's Dummy 1999  Box 27 , Folder 4
Box 24
Drawings, pencil on paper; early pencil studies undated ( (5 items) )  Box 24
 
Drawings, pencil on paper; final stage pencil drawings undated ( (14 items) )  Box 24
 
Watercolors; cover sketch and lettering undated ( (2 items) )  Box 24
 
Watercolors; early color studies undated ( (8 items) )  Box 24
 
Watercolors; later stage color studies undated ( (9 items) )  Box 24
Box 32
Watercolors; cover sketch and lettering undated ( (2 items) )  Box 32
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (14 items) )  Box 32
Box 30
Watercolors; later stage color studies undated ( (2 items) )  Box 30
 
Watercolors; final art undated ( (8 items) )  Box 30