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Tibor Gergely Papers

Summary Information
Title: Tibor Gergely Papers
Dates: 1942-1956
Creator: Gergely, Tibor
Extent: 1 box [1 cubic ft.]
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-33
Tibor Gergely's papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's picture books. The collection includes illustrations and dummies for seven works.

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.


Animal Gym,


Golden Book of Nursery Tales, The,

Jolly Barnyard, The,

Merry Shipwreck, The,

My Little Golden Book About the Sky,

Wheel on the Chimney,

Biographical Sketch

Tibor Gergely was born August 3, 1900, in Budapest, Hungary. He briefly attended art school in Vienna and worked as a caricaturist and artist in Europe before coming to the United States in 1939. He began illustrating children's books in 1940. He continued to illustrate children's books, written by a variety of authors, and on different subjects, throughout his long career. In 1942 he began an association with Golden Books, but out by Simon and Schuster, that continued until his death. Gergely illustrated and wrote many books for them, a number of which dealt with his favorite subject, animals. In 1955 he received a Caldecott Honor for Wheel on the Chimney , written by Margaret Wise Brown, the story of a family of storks who nest on a wheel tied to a chimney. Throughout his career, Gergely's work was noted for its simplicity and bright colors, especially evident in his work for Golden Books. Gergely died in New York, New York on January 13 (or 12, sources vary), 1978.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vols. 20, 54

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for seven titles published between 1942-1956, and consists of illustrations, colored and tempera, dummies done with pencil, and watercolor drawings.

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.
  • Gergely, Tibor
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Animal Gym  
Box MC1547
illustrator's dummy with watercolor and pencil sketches, inscribed for Irvin Kerlan (1 p.)  Box MC1547
Box MC1547
illustrator's dummy with pencil drawings, inscribed for Irvin Kerlan (1 p.)  Box MC1547
Golden Book of Nursery Tales, The  
Box MC1547
original colored illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1547
Jolly Barnyard, The  
Box MC1547
tempera study (1 p.)  Box MC1547
Merry Shipwreck, The  
Box MC1547
original colored illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1547
My Little Golden Book About the Sky  
Box MC1547
illustrator's dummy with original drawings, inscribed for Irvin Kerlan (1 p.)  Box MC1547
Wheel on the Chimney  
Box MC1520
colored illustrations (23 p.)  Box MC1520
colored illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1520