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Robert Lawson Papers

Summary Information
Title: Robert Lawson Papers
Dates: 1932-1956
Creator: Lawson, Robert
Extent: 0.9 linear ft. and 0.9 cubic ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-46
Abstract:
Robert Lawson's papers focus on his work as an author and illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for sixteen of his works published between 1932 and 1956, and includes typescripts, accounts of how some of his books came to be written, illustrations, layouts, illustration proofs, a biographical sketch, and some miscellaneous original artwork.

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.

Copyright:

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.


Arrangement

At That Time, 1947

Biographical Sketch,

Captain Kidd's Cat, 1956

Edward, Hoppy, and Joe, 1952

The Fabulous Flight, 1949

Gaily We Parade: A Collection of Poems About People, Here, There, and Everywhere, 1940

McWhinney's Jaunt, 1951

Miscellaneous Original Art,

Pilgrim's Progress, 1939

Poo-Poo and the Dragons, 1942

Rabbit Hill, 1944

Robbut, a Tale of Tails, 1948

The Story of Ferdinand, 1936

The Story of Simpson and Sampson, 1941

They Were Strong and Good, 1940

The Tough Winter, 1954

The Treasure of the Isle of Mist, 1934

The Unicorn with the Silver Shoes, 1932


Biographical Sketch

Robert lawson was born October 4, 1892 in New York City and attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts between 1911-1914. He began illustrating books for children in the 1930s, often collaborating with Munro Leaf; their book, The Story of Ferdinand , published in 1936 is considered a classic that can still entertain and inform children with its subtle message of the story of a bull who does not want to fight but rather smell the flowers in peace. Lawson also wrote children's books, and in 1941 won the Caldecott Award for They Were Good and Strong , a story about his family and the pioneer experience in America. Lawson wrote and illustrated a number of books dealing with animals, particularly rabbits. In 1945, he won the Newbery Award for Rabbit Hill , a story of rabbits who interact with the owners of the Big House. Robert Lawson was unique among the authors/illustrators of his day in winning both the Caldecott and Newbery Awards. Robert Lawson dies on May 26, 1957.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for sixteen titles published between 1932 and 1956. It includes typescripts, illustrations (pencil, pen and ink, and ink), layouts, proofs, accounts of how some stories came to be written, a biographical sketch, written by Lawson, and some miscellaneous art (etchings).

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.
  • Lawson, Robert
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
At That Time 1947 
Note  New York: Viking, 1947
Box MF540
typescript, corrected (121 p.)  Box MF540
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF540
 
layouts (14 p.)  Box MF540
 
Biographical Sketch  
Box MF540
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF540
 
typescript (8 p.)  Box MF540
 
Captain Kidd's Cat 1956 
Note  New York: Little, Brown, 1956
Box MF540
typescript, corrected (108 p.)  Box MF540
 
Edward, Hoppy, and Joe 1952 
Note  New York: Knopf, 1952
Box MF540
illustration proof for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MF540
 
The Fabulous Flight 1949 
Note  New York: Little, Brown, 1949
Box MF540
typescript, corrected (97 p.)  Box MF540
 
Gaily We Parade: A Collection of Poems About People, Here, There, and Everywhere 1940 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1940
Box MC1054
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1054
 
McWhinney's Jaunt 1951 
Note  New York: Little, Brown, 1951
Box MF540
typescript, corrected (39 p.)  Box MF540
 
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF540
 
Miscellaneous Original Art  
Box MC1054
etchings (3 p.)  Box MC1054
 
Pilgrim's Progress 1939 
Note Godolphin, Mary (reteller)
New York: Lippincott, 1939
Box MC1046
pencil illustration (2 p.)  Box MC1046
 
Poo-Poo and the Dragons 1942 
Note Forester, C. S.
New York: Little, Brown, 1942
Box MC1047
pen and ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1047
 
Rabbit Hill 1944 
Note  New York: Viking, 1944
Box MF541
folder with writing (1 p.)  Box MF541
 
typescript, corrected (74 p.)  Box MF541
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF541
 
front matter (6 p.)  Box MF541
 
account of origin of book (2 p.)  Box MF541
 
typescript (8 p.)  Box MF541
 
Robbut, a Tale of Tails 1948 
Note  New York: Viking, 1948
Box MF541
typescript, corrected (44 p.)  Box MF541
 
The Story of Ferdinand 1936 
Note Leaf, Munro
New York: Viking, 1936
Box MC1047
illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC1047
 
The Story of Simpson and Sampson 1941 
Note Leaf, Munro
New York: Viking, 1941
Box MC1047
illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC1047
 
They Were Strong and Good 1940 
Note  New York: Viking, 1940
Box MC563
framed ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC563
Box MF541
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF541
 
typescript, carbon (3 p.)  Box MF541
 
The Tough Winter 1954 
Note  New York: Viking, 1954
Box MF541
typescript, corrected (85 p.)  Box MF541
 
The Treasure of the Isle of Mist 1934 
Note Tarn, William Woodthorpe
New York: Putnam, 1934
Box MC1047
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1047
 
ink calligraphy illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1047
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1047
 
sheet with 4 ink illustrations (1 p.)  Box MC1047
 
The Unicorn with the Silver Shoes 1932 
Note Young, Ella
New York: Longmans Green, 1932
Box MC1047
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1047