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Melissa Sweet papers, undated, 1921-2011

Summary Information
Title: Melissa Sweet papers
Dates: undated, 1921-2011
Creator: Sweet, Melissa, 1954-
Extent: 16 boxes (6.08 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-2139
Abstract:
This collection consists of manuscript materials and original art related to three children's book publications illustrated by Melissa Sweet, two of which she also wrote.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Sweet, Melissa

Access Restrictions:

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

Melissa Sweet papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.


Biographical Sketch

Melissa Sweet was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey; she received her Associate's degree from Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Mass. and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. She began illustrating children's books in 1986 and has currently illustrated nearly 100 publications. Her works have also been published in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living magazine. In 2008 Sweet illustrated A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, which was named a Caldecott Honor Book. She wrote and illustrated Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade , which won the 2012 Silbert Medal and was named an ALA Notable book. She lives with her husband and step-daughter in a small coastal city in Maine.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of manuscript materials including corrected typescripts, holographs, page proofs, notes, research, correspondence, and dummies, as well as original art including drawings, watercolors, and mixed media collage.

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.
  • Sweet, Melissa, 1954-
  • Bryant, Jennifer
  • Sarg, Tony, 1882-1942 -- Juvenile literature
  • Sarg, Tony, 1882-1942
  • Puppeteers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Thanksgiving Day -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- Juvenile literature
  • Parades -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- Juvenile literature
  • Puppeteers -- United States -- Biography
  • Thanksgiving Day -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
  • Parades -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
  • Alphabet books -- Juvenile fiction
  • Grandmothers -- Juvenile fiction
  • Wolves -- Juvenile fiction
  • Alphabet -- Fiction
  • Red -- Fiction
  • Painting -- Fiction
  • Dogs -- Fiction
  • Wolves -- Fiction
  • Grandmothers -- Fiction
  • Conduct of life -- Fiction
  • Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963 -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature
  • Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963 -- Childhood and youth
  • Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Physicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
  • Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography
  • Physicians -- United States -- Biography
  • Watercolors
  • Drawings
  • Mixed media collage
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, 2011 
Box 7
Corrected typescripts, undated, 2009-2010  Box 7 , Folder 7
 
Corrected typescripts, undated, 2010  Box 7 , Folder 8
Box 10
Brainstorming notes and sketches, undated  Box 10 , Folder 1-7
 
Correspondence, 2008-2010  Box 10 , Folder 8
 
Photocopy of dummy, undated  Box 10 , Folder 9
Box 11
Dummies, undated  Box 11 , Folder 1-3
 
Research, undated  Box 11 , Folder 4
Box 12
Research, undated, 2008-2010  Box 12 , Folder 1-3
 
Research, DVDs on Macy's Parade and American Puppeteers, 2006-2007  Box 12 , Folder 4
 
Research, ephemeral publications, 1921-1942  Box 12 , Folder 5
 
Collage materials, undated  Box 12 , Folder 6
Box 13
Collage materials, undated  Box 13
 
Brainstorming notes and sketches, undated  Box 13
 
Scrapbook pages and ephemeral publications, undated, 1939  Box 13
 
Drawings, pencil and pen on tracing paper; early sketches, undated ( 35 items )  Box 13
Box 14
Drawings, pencil and pen on tracing paper; early sketches, undated ( 30 items )  Box 14
 
Drawings, pencil and pen on tracing paper; early sketches, undated ( 30 items )  Box 14
 
Drawings, pencil and pen on tracing paper; early sketches, undated ( 19 items )  Box 14
 
Watercolors and mixed media collage; early studies, undated ( 18 items )  Box 14
Box 9
Watercolors and mixed media collage; early studies, undated ( 11 items )  Box 9
Box 5
Mixed media and watercolor studies, undated ( 13 items )  Box 5
 
Page proofs of illustrations, undated, 2011  Box 5
Box 15
Mixed media collage; final art p. 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 22, 23, 31, 34, 45, undated ( 12 items )  Box 15
Box 14
Mixed media collage; pieces of final art, undated ( 8 items )  Box 14
 
Mixed media collage; final art p. 7, 9, 14, 26, undated ( 4 items )  Box 14
Box 8
Mixed media collage; final art cover, p. 6, 14-15, 20-21, 24-25, 27, 28-29, 30-31, 32-33, unidentified, undated ( 10 items )  Box 8
Box 16
Mixed media collage; final art p. 4-5, undated ( 1 item )  Box 16
Box 17
Mixed media collage; final art p. 18-19, undated ( 1 item )  Box 17
 
Carmine: A Little More Red, 2005 
Box 3
Holography, photocopy of holograph, corrected typescript, undated  Box 3 , Folder 1
 
Dummies, undated  Box 3 , Folder 2-3
Box 7
Dummies, undated  Box 7 , Folder 1
 
Photocopies of illustrations, correspondence, research, 2003-2004  Box 7 , Folder 2
 
Daily journal with notes regarding Carmine, 2001  Box 7 , Folder 3
 
Notes, undated, 2003  Box 7 , Folder 4
 
Miscellaneous collage clippings, undated  Box 7 , Folder 5
 
Notes and early sketch ideas, undated  Box 7 , Folder 6
Box 4
Drawings, pencil on paper; early sketches with notes, undated ( 6 items )  Box 4
 
Drawings, pen on paper; early sketches with notes, undated ( 10 items )  Box 4
 
Drawings, pen and pencil on tracing paper; early sketches with notes, undated ( 15 items )  Box 4
Box 6
Drawings, pen and pencil on tracing paper; early sketches with notes, undated ( 22 items )  Box 6
 
Oversized storyboard notes, undated ( 3 items )  Box 6
Box 5
Drawing, pencil on paper; early sketch, undated ( 1 item )  Box 5
 
Watercolor; early color studies, undated ( 14 items )  Box 5
 
Watercolor; early color studies, undated ( 15 items )  Box 5
 
Mixed media and drawings, pencil on paper; lettering studies, undated ( 8 items )  Box 5
 
Watercolors and mixed media; early color studies, undated ( 9 items )  Box 5
Box 2
Watercolors; final art, cover, p. 6-11, 14-16, undated ( 12 items )  Box 2
 
Watercolors; final art, p. 17-21, 26-27, 30-37, undated ( 15 items )  Box 2
Box 9
Watercolors; final art, p. 12-13, 22-23, 24-25, 28-29, other art, undated ( 10 items )  Box 9
 
River of Words, A: The Story of William Carlos Williams 2008 
Note  (Author Jennifer Bryant)
Box 1
Mixed media; final art, p. 22-29, author page, title page, back page, undated ( 11 items )  Box 1
Box 2
Mixed media; final art, p. 6-17, other pages, undated ( 18 items )  Box 2
Box 8
Mixed media; final art, matted, pages 18-19, 20-21, 30-31, undated ( 5 items )  Box 8
Box 3
Drawings; ink on paper, undated ( 22 items )  Box 3 , Folder 1
 
Drawings; pencil on paper; undated ( 9 items )  Box 3 , Folder 2
 
Drawings; ink dummy pages on paper; undated ( 24 items )  Box 3 , Folder 3
Box 4
Drawings; ink dummy pages on paper; undated ( 14 items )  Box 4
Box 5
Pencil and watercolor, undated ( 4 items )  Box 5
Box 6
Mixed media; final art, undated ( 2 items )  Box 6
 
Watercolor; final art, undated ( 1 item )  Box 6
Box 3
Typescript, undated, 2007  Box 3 , Folder 4
 
Correspondence, undated, 2006-2007  Box 3 , Folder 5
 
Research, undated, 2007  Box 3 , Folder 6
 
Dummy, undated  Box 3 , Folder 7
 
Dummy and layout sketches, undated  Box 3 , Folder 8
 
Research photographs, undated ( 28 items )  Box 3 , Folder 9