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Leonard and Diane Dillon Collection

Summary Information
Title: Leonard and Diane Dillon Collection
Dates: 1970-1989
Creator: Dillon, Leonard and Diane
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-459
The collection contains primarily illustrative materials for 3 titles.

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.


Ring in the Prairie, The; a Shawnee Legend, 1970

Brother to the Wind, 1985

Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, The, 1989

Biographical Sketch

Leo DIllon was born March 2, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York. He married Diane Sorber Dillon, an artist, and the two have collaborated in creating art work and illustrations ever since. Together the couple has received many honors and awards, including two Caldecotts, for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears and Ashanti to Zulu . In addition to illustrating children's books, they have also done significant work in illustrating science fiction. Much of their work has African or African-American themes.

Biographical sources: Something About the Author vol. 15, 51, 106

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains illustrations, photocopies of illustrations, proofs, dummies, and correspondence for 3 titles.

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.
  • Dillon, Leonard and Diane
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Ring in the Prairie, The; a Shawnee Legend 1970 
Note  New York: Dial Press, 1970
Box MC 1127
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1127
Brother to the Wind 1985 
Note  New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1985
Box MC 636
blueprints (3 p.)  Box MC 636
color page proofs (4 p.)  Box MC 636
watercolor illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC 636
black and white page proof with text paste-up (1 p.)  Box MC 636
graphite and colored pencil studies on velum (14 p.)  Box MC 636
dummy with colored pencil and text paste up. (32 p.)  Box MC 636
Box MF 3559
galley proofs (2 p.)  Box MF 3559
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF 3559
reviews (10 p.)  Box MF 3559
Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, The 1989 
Note  New York: Lodestar, 1989
Box MC636
photocopies of illustrations (17 p.)  Box MC636
photocopies of illustrations with overlays (3 p.)  Box MC636