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Ruth Chrisman Gannett Papers

Summary Information
Title: Ruth Chrisman Gannett Papers
Dates: 1936-1951
Creator: Gannett, Ruth Chrisman
Extent: .2 linear feet--manuscripts 4 cubic feet--illustrations
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-31
Ruth Chrisman Gannett's papers focus on her work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for 11 titles published between 1936-1951, and includes illustrations, proofs, a dummy, book jackets, and notes. There is also some material and copies of a story published in a children's magazine, some correspondence, and some notes for one title, Elmer and the Blue Dragon , written by Mrs. Gannett's step-daughter and collaborator, Ruth Stiles Gannett.

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.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Red Cross Knight, The,


Cream Hill: Discoveries of a Week-end Countryman,

Dragons of Blueland, The,

Elmer and the Dragon,

Hi-Po the Hippo,

Home Place,

Miss Hickory,

My Father's Dragon,

My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World,

Pace Goes to the Fair,

Prairie Girl,

Biographical Sketch

Ruth Gannett, nee Chrisman, was born December 16, 1896, in Santa Ana, California. She attended the U. of California at Berkeley, receiving an A.B. in 1919 and an A.M. in 1920. She also studied at the Art Students League. She married her second husband, Lewis Stiles Gannett, in 1931, and illustrated several of his books. She collaborated with her step-daughter, Ruth Stiles Gannett, on several children's books, the Elmer and the Dragons series, including the Newbery Honor book My Father's Dragons . She also illustrated another Newbery book, Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, winner in 1947.

Gannett illustrated both children's and adult books, and her work is noted for its detail, charm, and in the Elmer books, its sense of humor. In 1946 she received as Caldecott Honor citation for My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World . This book is based upon as Russian folk tale about a little girl's search for her mother, who for her truly is the most beautiful woman in the world. Gannett's illustrations were praised by critics for their detail and charm, and their illumination of the little girl's vision of her mother. Ruth Chrisman Gannett died on December 8, 1979, in West Cornwall, Connecticut.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 33

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 11 titles for children and adults, published between 1936-1951, and includes illustrations, in ink, pencil, watercolor, and many lithographs, a poster, and dummy. It also includes notes by the illustrator and Ruth Stiles Gannett, and a typescript for 1 story, apparently by Gannett's collaborator, Dorothy Thomas. There is also some correspondence from publishers, readers, and collectors, and some production material as well as 2 copies of a story Gannett illustrated for Child Life magazine.

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.
  • Gannett, Ruth Chrisman
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Red Cross Knight, The  
Note  Child Life Magazine,
Box MC1541
pasteup for story (1 p.)  Box MC1541
copies of story from magazine (2 p.)  Box MC1541
Box MF336 folder 1
correspondence from publishers, readers, and collectors (10 p.)  Box MF336 folder 1
Cream Hill: Discoveries of a Week-end Countryman  
Box MC1541
lithograph (1 p.)  Box MC1541
Dragons of Blueland, The  
Box MC230
tempera jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC230
tempera endpapers illustration (1 p.)  Box MC230
lithograph illustrations (38 p.)  Box MC230
framed lithograph (1 p.)  Box MC230
proof for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC230
Elmer and the Dragon  
Box MC154
color jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC154
pencil and ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC154
ink illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC154
tempera illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC154
sheet black and white proofs (1 p.)  Box MC154
pencil sketches (31 p.)  Box MC154
colored pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box MC154
4 pencil sketches and 2 colored pencil sketches and notes, 1 p. done by step-daughter and book author, Ruth Stiles Gannett, for reference (6 p.)  Box MC154
proof for jacket endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC154
tempera endpaper illustration (1 p.)  Box MC154
lithograph illustrations (41 p.)  Box MC154
Hi-Po the Hippo  
Box MF336 folder 2
correspondence (5 p.)  Box MF336 folder 2
typescript (12 p.)  Box MF336 folder 2
Box MC1539
lithograph jacket illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC1539
lithograph endpaper illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1539
lithograph illustrations (27 p.)  Box MC1539
dummy (100 p.)  Box MC1539
lithograph with watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1539
lithographs demonstrating the process of color lithography (11 p.)  Box MC1539
poster (1 p.)  Box MC1539
artist's proof (1 p.)  Box MC1539
Home Place  
Box MC1541
ink illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC1541
engraver's proofs (17 p.)  Box MC1541
book jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1541
Miss Hickory  
Box MC1539
lithograph jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1539
lithograph endpaper illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1539
lithograph illustrations (49 p.)  Box MC1539
notes (1 p.)  Box MC1539
My Father's Dragon  
Box MC1264
lithograph illustrations (40 p.)  Box MC1264
separations (2 p.)  Box MC1264
My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World  
Box MC1541
pencil illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1541
watercolor illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1541
color pencil illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1541
mixed-media illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1541
photocopy (1 p.)  Box MC1541
Pace Goes to the Fair  
Box MC1541
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1541
artist's proof (1 p.)  Box MC1541
Prairie Girl  
Box MC1541
ink jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1541
ink illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC1541
engraver's proofs (16 p.)  Box MC1541
book jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1541