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Wanda Gag Papers, 1895-1993

Summary Information
Title: Wanda Gag Papers
Dates: 1895-1993
Creator: Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946
Extent: 16 linear feet (16 boxes)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-29
Abstract:
Wanda Gag's papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for twenty seven published and unpublished titles, and personal correspondence and papers.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Gag, Wanda.

Access Restrictions:

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:

Wanda Gag papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title.


Biographical Sketch

Wanda Gag was born March 11, 1893 in New Ulm, Minnesota. She grew up in a household that valued the rich folk traditions and tales of Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, and spoke German. Two of Wanda Gag's siblings, Howard and Flavia, would also work in the arts. Wanda Gag studied art at the Minneapolis Art School and the St. Paul Art School in Minnesota, and later at the Art Students League in New York City. She began her career as a commercial artist, and in 1928 published her first book for children Millions of Cats. The book is considered by many to be her finest work and received a Newbery Honor citation in 1929.

Wanda Gag's work is noted for its lively expressive pictures and narrative rhythms and simple peasant humor. She also is noted for her adaptations and illustrations for many of the Grimm fairy tales that capture and recreate the personality and traditions of the tales. She wanted to make her versions true to the stories auditory qualities and magic. Wanda Gag wanted all her illustrations to be "warmly human, imaginative, or humorous not coldly decorative, and to make them so clear that a three-year-old can recognize the main objects in them." Wanda Gag did much of her art work in black and white; Nothing At All is one exception. She also wrote one book for adults Growing Pains that explored her own artistic growth.

Throughout her career, Wanda Gag was hailed as one of America's most original artists and received Caldecott Honor citations for Nothing At All and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as well as a second Newbery Honor for The ABC Bunny in 1934. Wanda Gag died on June 27, 1946 and in 1977 was posthumously awarded the Kerlan Award for her contribution to children's literature.

Biographical Sources:

Something About the Author, vol. 100

Yesterday's Authors of Books for Children, vol. 1

Children's Literature Review, vol. 4


Collection Scope and Content Note

Wanda Gag's papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for twenty seven published and unpublished titles, and personal correspondence and papers. It includes holographs and typescripts, galley and page proofs, notes, illustrations done in a variety of media, studies and sketches done in a variety of media, calligraphy, dummies, color samples, proofs, and promotional material. There is also production material for titles not verified as published and a substantial amount of miscellaneous art work and other non-book material. The collection contains correspondence to and from Wanda Gag, including some from family members, friends, publishers, and others. The collection also contains scrapbooks, photograph albums, and other personal material, clippings, and memorabilia compiled by Wanda Gag and others. There is also one piece of audiovisual material entitled Wanda Gag : A Minnesota Childhood.

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.
  • Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Sex role -- Juvenile fiction
  • Monsters -- Juvenile fiction
  • Mice -- Juvenile fiction
  • Magic -- Juvenile fiction
  • Invisibility -- Juvenile fiction
  • Illustrators -- United States -- Biography
  • Humorous stories
  • Househusbands -- Fiction
  • Folklore -- Germany
  • Folklore
  • Fantasy fiction -- Juvenile fiction
  • Fairy tales
  • Dogs -- Juvenile fiction
  • Dogs -- Fiction
  • Children's stories, American -- Juvenile fiction
  • Cats -- Juvenile fiction
  • Cats -- Fiction
  • Alphabet rhymes
  • Alphabet
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
ABC Bunny, The 1962  
Box 1
Holograph, correspondence 1933  Box 1 , Folder 1
Box 5
Illustrations, pencil on paper; pencil dummy; ink and pencil dummy undated  Box 5 , Folder 3
Note  80 items
 
Illustrations, pencil and crayon on paper; typeography studies; cover design; page proof undated  Box 5 , Folder 4
Note  52 items
Box 6
Jackets, page proof, proofs of jacket undated  Box 6
Note  8 items
Box 7
Matted pencil and crayon illustrations undated  Box 7
Note  19 items
 
Anti-war ABC Not verified as published  
Box 3
Holograph, corrected typescript, sketches undated  Box 3 , Folder 15
 
Alice in Blunderland Not verified as published  
Box 13
Bound ink illustrations and typescript undated  Box 13
Note  1 item
 
Child's Book of Story Puzzles, A Not verified as published  
Box 1
Suggestions for preface, illustration, ink and watercolor undated  Box 1 , Folder 2
Note  3 items
Box 13
Watercolor illustration undated  Box 13
Note  1 item
 
Correspondence 1911-1978  
Box 1
Correspondence with Flavia 1930-1944  Box 1 , Folder 3
 
Correspondence with American Artists 1936-1945  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Miscellaneous correspondence 1929-1945  Box 1 , Folder 5
 
Miscellaneous correspondence 1928-1941  Box 1 , Folder 6
 
Miscellaneous correspondence 1930-1973  Box 1 , Folder 7
 
Correspondence with Coward McCann 1930-1941  Box 1 , Folder 8
 
Correspondence with Coward McCann 1942-1946  Box 1 , Folder 9
 
Correspondence with Darby 1933-1942  Box 1 , Folder 10
 
Miscellaneous correspondence 1921-1946  Box 1 , Folder 11
 
Correspondence with Asta Gag 1945-1946  Box 1 , Folder 12
 
Correspondence with Dehli Gag 1922-1946  Box 1 , Folder 13
 
Correspondence with Flavia Gag 1924-1946  Box 1 , Folder 14
 
Correspondence with Howard Gag 1946  Box 1 , Folder 15
 
Correspondenec with Stella Gag 1946  Box 1 , Folder 16
 
Miscellaneous correspondence 1930-1945  Box 1 , Folder 17
 
Miscellaneous correspondence 1930-1945  Box 1 , Folder 18
 
Correspondence with Grass 1930-1946  Box 1 , Folder 19
 
Correspondence with T. Helbrink [sic] 1932-1945  Box 1 , Folder 20
 
Correspondence with Edgar Herman 1914-1940  Box 1 , Folder 21
 
Correspondence with Alma Schmidt 1911-1913  Box 1 , Folder 22
 
Correspondence invantory undated  Box 1 , Folder 23
 
Correspondence with Edith Newton 1928-1945  Box 1 , Folder 24
 
Miscellaneous correspondence 1924-1945  Box 2 , Folder 1
 
Miscellaneous correspondence 1926-1944  Box 2 , Folder 2
 
Correspondence from children used in Horn Book article 1932-1978  Box 2 , Folder 3
 
Correspondence from children 1939-1975  Box 2 , Folder 4
 
Correspondence from adolecents 1941-1943  Box 2 , Folder 5
 
Cry Away Bird Not verified as published  
Box 12
Ink illustrations, proof undated  Box 12 , Folder 12
Note  4 items
 
Fairy Quints Mystery, The Not verified as published  
Box 2
Holograph notebooks undated  Box 2 , Folder 6
Note  7 items
 
Holograph notebooks undated  Box 2 , Folder 7
Note  7 items
 
Corrected typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 8
 
Corrected carbon typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 9
 
Corrected carbon typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 10
 
Fruhling Not verified as published  
Box 13
Lithograph illustration 1927  Box 13
Note  1 item
 
Funny Thing, The 1957  
Box 2
Holograph, corrected typescript, correspondence 1923  Box 2 , Folder 11
Box 5
Dummies, ink and pencil; pencil and watercolor cover studies 1929  Box 5 , Folder 5
Note  14 items
Box 6
Illustration, brush and ink on sandpaper 1923-1924  Box 6
Note  1 item
 
Uncut page proof 1929  Box 6
Note  1 item
 
Going to the Butcher Shop Not verified as published  
Box 3
Typescripts undated  Box 3 , Folder 15
 
Gone is Gone: Or, the Story of a Man Who Wanted to do Housework 1935  
Box 2
Dummy, corrected typescript, page proof, jacket 1935  Box 2 , Folder 12
Box 5
Sketches, pencil and ink; ink and watercolor sketches, color separations undated  Box 5 , Folder 6
Note  100 items
 
Dummy with ink illustrations undated  Box 5 , Folder 7
Note  1 item
Box 6
page proof undated  Box 6
Note  1 item
 
Growing Pains: Diaries and Drawings 1940  
Box 2
Corrected typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 13
 
Corrected typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 14
 
Corrected typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 15
 
Corrected typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 16
 
Corrected typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 17
 
Corrected galley proof, page proof, jacket undated  Box 2 , Folder 18
 
Page proofs, trial binding undated  Box 2 , Folder 19
 
Hound of Heaven Not verified as published  
Box 12
Illustrations, ink and watercolor; printed story on magazine pages 1929  Box 12 , Folder 10
 
Idol, The Not verified as published  
Box 3
Corrected typescripts, corrected carbon typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 1
Note  3 items
 
Jack Frost Not verified as published  
Box 3
Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 16
 
Millions of Cats 1928  
Box 3
Corrected typescript, corrected carbon typescript 1923  Box 3 , Folder 2
Box 5
Ink and watercolor cover studies; illustrations, ink and pencil; typeography 1928  Box 5 , Folder 8
Note  26 items
Box 10
Dummy, page proof, bound galley proo, corrected page prooff undated  Box 10 , Folder 1
Note  4 items
Box 6
Matted ink illustrations with printer's marks undated  Box 6
Note  3 items
Box 7
Matted ink illustrations with typeography undated  Box 7
Note  7 items
Box 8
Matted ink illustrations with typeography undated  Box 8
Note  9 items
 
Matted ink illustrations with typeography undated  Box 8
Note  9 items
 
Matted ink illustrations with typeography 1938  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Miscellaneous press, catalogues, photographs, illustrations 1910-1993  
Box 3
Miscellaneous clippings 1935-1940  Box 3 , Folder 3
 
Miscellaneous clippings 1941-1982  Box 3 , Folder 4
 
Miscellaneous clippings 1928-1993  Box 3 , Folder 5
 
Miscellaneous brochures 1939-1982  Box 3 , Folder 6
 
Miscellaneous brochures 1930-1990  Box 3 , Folder 7
 
Horn Book Magazine 1935-1965  Box 3 , Folder 8
 
Museum of Modern Art 10th anniversary exhibition brochure 1939  Box 3 , Folder 9
 
Autobiographical material, letter to fans, miscellaneous data undated  Box 3 , Folder 10
 
financial records, wedding certificate, copies of illustrations, cards 1932-1966  Box 3 , Folder 11
 
Photographs, bookplate, signature, ephemera 1918-1979  Box 3 , Folder 12
 
Notebooks-notes on painting undated  Box 3 , Folder 13
 
Notes on juvenile writing, Guggenheim application, radio scripts 1925, 1939  Box 3 , Folder 14
Box 4
Exhibition catalogues 1928-1932  Box 4 , Folder 6
 
Exhibition catalogues 1933-1938  Box 4 , Folder 7
 
Exhibition catalogues 1938-1940  Box 4 , Folder 8
 
Exhibition catalogues 1941-1945  Box 4 , Folder 9
 
Exhibition catalogues, published illustrations 1916-1944  Box 4 , Folder 10
 
Published illustrations 1924-1942  Box 4 , Folder 11
 
Published illustrations 1925-1936  Box 4 , Folder 12
 
Exhibition catalogues 1928- 1963  Box 4 , Folder 13
 
Exhibition catalogues 1940-1949  Box 4 , Folder 14
 
Horn Book Magazine 1939-1947  Box 4 , Folder 15
 
Published illustrations 1927-1935  Box 4 , Folder 16
 
Published illustrations 1925-1938  Box 4 , Folder 17
Box 5
Published illustrations-"New Masses" 1926-1931  Box 5 , Folder 1
 
Published illustrations-"Broom" 1921  Box 5 , Folder 2
 
Game box, ink and watercolor undated  Box 5 , Folder 9
Note  1 item
Box 9
2 copperplates, 9 linoleum blacks, and 5 woodblocks undated  Box 9
Note  17 items
Box 10
Photo album "A", inventory 1917-1924  Box 10 , Folder 15
Note  50 pages
Box 12
Photo album "B" 1895-1925  Box 12 , Folder 1
Note  50 pages
 
Photo album "C" undated  Box 12 , Folder 2
Note  41 pages
 
Photo album "D" 1930-1933  Box 12 , Folder 3
Note  1 item
 
Photo album "E" 1931-1934  Box 12 , Folder 4
Note  1 item
Box 11
Scrapbooks 1910-1946  Box 11
Note  2 items
Box 12
Illustrations, pencil and ink undated  Box 12 , Folder 7
 
Book Week poster sketches, pencil and watercolor 1942  Box 12 , Folder 8
Note  4 items
Box 13
Illustrations, watercolor and lithograph 1927  Box 13
Note  3 items
Box 12
Illustrations, ink and watercolor; pencil sketches undated  Box 12 , Folder 11
Note  34 items
 
Batiking at Home: A Handbook for Beginners 1926  Box 12 , Folder 13
Note  1 item
Box 13
Chalk portrait of Howard Gag 1915-1916  Box 13
Note  1 item
 
Pencil sketch of cats undated  Box 13
Note  1 item
Box 12
Puzzle boxes, game pieces, notes undated  Box 12 , Folder 17
Note  10 items
Box 14
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 14
Note  2 items
 
Zinc plates undated  Box 14
Note  10 items
Box 12
Photographs: Art exhibits, Wanda painting undated  Box 12 , Folder 19
 
Photographs: "All Creation" undated  Box 12 , Folder 20
 
Photographs: Family and friends undated  Box 12 , Folder 21
 
Photographs: Family and friends undated  Box 12 , Folder 22
 
More Tales from Grimm 1947  
Box 3
Holograph notebooks undated  Box 3 , Folder 17
Note  5 items
 
Corrected typescript 1947  Box 3 , Folder 18
 
Corrected carbon typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 19
Box 10
Sketches, ink and pencil undated  Box 10 , Folder 2
 
Sketches, ink and pencil undated  Box 10 , Folder 3
 
Sketches, ink and pencil undated  Box 10 , Folder 4
 
Dummies, pencil and typescript undated  Box 10 , Folder 5
Note  3 items
 
Dummies, pencil and typescript undated  Box 10 , Folder 6
Note  3 items
Box 6
Proofs undated  Box 6
Note  7 items
 
Illustrations, ink and watercolor undated  Box 6
Note  3 items
 
Nothing at All 1942  
Box 3
Drafts, holograph, corrected typescript, correspondence 1938  Box 3 , Folder 20
Box 10
Proofs undated  Box 10 , Folder 7
 
Sketches, pencil and ink; ink study of cover; typography undated  Box 10 , Folder 8
 
Pencil dummies undated  Box 10 , Folder 9
Note  10 items
Box 11
Page proofs 1941  Box 11
Note  9 items
 
Color separations, page proofs, pencil end page study undated  Box 11
Note  17 items
 
Matted illustrations undated  Box 11
Note  7 items
 
Patsy's Patchwork Puzzle Not verified as published  
Box 3
Holograph, typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 21
 
Paper Dolls Not verified as published  
Box 3
Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 22
 
Pick-A-Path Not verified as published  
Box 3
Corrected typescript, correspondence, illustrated draft of game 1942  Box 3 , Folder 23
Box 13
Ink illustration, ink sketch, pencil sketch undated  Box 13
Note  3 items
Box 14
Tempera illustrations undated  Box 14
Note  2 items
Box 15
Pencil, ink, and tempera illustrations undated  Box 15
Note  3 items
 
Snippy and Snappy 1932  
Box 3
Holograph, corrected typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 24
Box 10
Ink illustrations 1922  Box 10 , Folder 10
 
Ink and watercolor cover studies, pencil and ink dummies 1929  Box 10 , Folder 11
Box 6
Matted ink illustrations undated  Box 6
Note  9 items
 
Proof undated  Box 6
Note  1 item
 
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1938  
Box 3
Corrected typescript, pencil studies undated  Box 3 , Folder 25
Box 12
Ink illustrations undated  Box 12 , Folder 14
Note  40 items
 
Ink and watercolor illustrations for jacket undated  Box 12 , Folder 15
Note  3 items
Box 13
Tempera color guide for jacket undated  Box 13
Note  1 item
Box 12
Proof undated  Box 12 , Folder 18
Note  2 items
 
Tales from Grimm 1947  
Box 3
Holograph, typescript, corrected typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 26
Box 4
Corrected typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 1
 
Bound dummy 1936  Box 4 , Folder 2
Note  1 item
 
Those Toadstool Blues Not verified as published  
Box 12
Ink illustrations undated  Box 12 , Folder 6
Note  2 items
 
Three Gay Tales from Grimm 1943  
Box 4
Corrected typescript 1943  Box 4 , Folder 3
Box 10
Dummy with typescript, ink and watercolor illustrations 1943  Box 10 , Folder 12
 
Bound pencil and typescript dummy undated  Box 10 , Folder 13
 
Dummy, pencil and ink; pencil and ink illustrations undated  Box 10 , Folder 14
Box 14
Promotional material undated  Box 14
Note  1 item
 
Wanda Gag's Story Book 1932  
Box 12
Ink and watercolor cover studies undated  Box 12 , Folder 9
Note  6 items
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 12 , Folder 16
Note  13 items
 
Wanda's Wonderland Not verified as published  
Box 4
Typescript, puzzles, sketches undated  Box 4 , Folder 5
Box 12
Ink illustrations, embossed plates, promotional posters 1925  Box 12 , Folder 5
Note  32 items