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Lois Lenski Papers

Summary Information
Title: Lois Lenski Papers
Dates: 1925-1966
Creator: Lenski, Lois
Extent:
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-48
Abstract:
Lois Lenski's papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production materials for fifty titles published between 1925 and 1966, and includes illustrations, illustration plates, dummies, proofs, typescripts, holographs, background material for some stories, layout instructions, and galley and page proofs. There are also some correspondence, miscellaneous art, a typescript for a play, and biographical material including an album of photos prepared and labeled by Miss Lenski.

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

A-Going to the Westward, 1937

Alphabet People, 1928

Arabella and Her Aunts, 1932

Bayou Suzette, 1943

Benny and His Penny, 1931

Berries in the Scoop: A Cape Cod Cranberry Story, 1956

Blue Ridge Billy, 1946

A Book of Enchantment, 1928

Boom Town Boy, 1948

Bound Girl of Cobble Hill, 1938

Chimney Corner Fairy Tales, 1926

Chimney Corner Poems, 1930

Chimney Corner Stories, 1925

Coal Camp Girl, 1959

Corn-Farm Boy, 1954

Cowboy Small, 1949

Davy's Day, 1943

The Easter Rabbit's Parade, 1936

Farm by the Road, 1932

Fireside Poems, 1930

Fireside Stories, 1927

The First Thanksgiving, 1942

Flood Friday, 1956

Grandmother Tippytoe, 1931

High-Rise Secret, 1966

Houseboat Girl, 1957

I Like Winter, 1950

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison, 1941

Jack Horner's Pie: A Book of Nursery Rhymes, 1927

Johnny Goes to the Fair, 1932

Judy's Journey, 1947

Little Baby Ann, 1935

Little Sioux Girl, 1958

Mama Hattie's Girl, 1953

A Merry-Go-Round of Modern Tales, 1927

Mr. and Mrs. Noah, 1948

Now It's Fall, 1948

Ocean-Born Mary, 1939

On A Summer Day, 1953

Peanuts for Billy Ben, 1952

Phebe Fairchild, Her Book, 1936

Prairie School, 1951

A Scotch Circus: The Story of Tammas Who Rode the Dragon, 1934

Shoo-Fly Girl, 1963

Spring is Here, 1945

Strawberry Girl, 1945

Texas Tomboy, 1950

Two Brothers and Their Baby Sister, 1930

We Live in the City, 1954

We Live in the South, 1952

Album of Biographical Photos,

Friend of Children,

Lois Lenski: Biography,

Miscellaneous Art,

Read-To-Me Storybook, 1947

White Girl Captive: A Play in Three Acts,

Correspondence, notes and clippings,

Florida State University, Tallahasse Library, 1966

Capital University, Columbus Ohio,

University of Central Arkansas,

University of Southern Mississippi,

University of Oklahoma library, 1985

Photos,

Stories Behind My Regionals,

We Live by the River, 1956


Biographical Sketch

Lois Lenski was born October 14, 1893 in Springfield, OH. She was educated at Ohio State University, and received a B.S. in Education in 1915. After college, she studied at the Art Students League in New York City and Westminster School of Art in London. Miss Lenski began her career as an illustrator of children's books in 1918, and in the 1920s, she also began writing as well as illustrating her own books. Her first works were picture books for small children, and she became known for her simple yet carefully detailed drawings that appealed to young children with their emphasis on easily recognized people and places and events of day-to-day life. In the 1940s, Miss Lenski began to travel throughout the United States and gathered material for a series of regional and historical stories emphasizing the lives and environments of children in different parts of the country. She wanted to bring to her readers a sense of how other children lived. These books were written in a realistic and straightfoward style that did not sentimentalize her subjects or condescend to her audience. They were also unique in that they showed ways of life and locations, such as the life of the Georgia Crackers, and migrant workers of the deep South or cranberry bogs of Massachusetts, that were absent from children's books of the time. Miss Lenski won the 1946 Newbery Award for Strawberry Girl , one of this series of regional stories. Lois Lenski continued to write and illustrate children's books throughout the 1960s, and died on September 11, 1974 in Tarpon Springs, Florida.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for fifty titles published between 1925 and 1966, and includes illustrations done in a variety of media with some as sketches or studies, illustration plates, dummies, proofs, typescripts, holographs, background material for some stories, layout instructions, and galley and page proofs. There are also some correspondence, miscellaneous art, research material and background material to some stories that includes clippings and pamphlets, a typescript for a play, and biographical material including an album of photos prepared and labeled by Miss Lenski.

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.
  • Lenski, Lois
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
A-Going to the Westward 1937 
Note  Stokes, 1937
Box MC662
zinc cut illustration plates (6 p.)  Box MC662
 
proof dummies (80 p.)  Box MC662
 
illustration proof for endpapers (2 p.)  Box MC662
 
Alphabet People 1928 
Note  Harper, 1928
Box MC1073
ink and watercolor illustrations (5 p.)  Box MC1073
 
Arabella and Her Aunts 1932 
Note  Stokes, 1932
Box MC680
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
Bayou Suzette 1943 
Note  Stokes, 1943
Box MC1076
dummy proof (40 p.)  Box MC1076
 
cover [cloth] (1 p.)  Box MC1076
 
Benny and His Penny 1931 
Note  Knopf, 1931
Box MC691
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC691
 
Berries in the Scoop: A Cape Cod Cranberry Story 1956 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1956
Box MC692
ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC692
 
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC692
Box MF1954
leaves in bound album, background material (22 p.)  Box MF1954
 
Blue Ridge Billy 1946 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1946
Box
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box
 
A Book of Enchantment 1928 
Note  Dodd, 1928
Box MC680
ink and watercolor study for jacket and endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
Boom Town Boy 1948 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1948
Box MC599
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
Bound Girl of Cobble Hill 1938  
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1938
Box MC1076
proof dummy (26 p.)  Box MC1076
 
Chimney Corner Fairy Tales 1926  
Note  Putnam, 1926
Box MC761
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC761
 
Chimney Corner Poems 1930 
Note  Putnam, 1930
Box MC680
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
Chimney Corner Stories 1925 
Note  Putnam, 1925
Box MC1064
ink illustration (5 p.)  Box MC1064
 
Coal Camp Girl 1959 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1959
Box MF1954
typescript, carbon (121 p.)  Box MF1954
 
Corn-Farm Boy 1954 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1954
Box MC599
pencil illustraion (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
Cowboy Small 1949 
Note  Oxford University Press, 1949
Box MC1018
ink and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC1018
 
Davy's Day 1943 
Note  Oxford University Press, 1943
Box MC599
ink text for title page (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
ink and tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
The Easter Rabbit's Parade 1936 
Note  Oxford University Press, 1936
Box MC599
ink and tempera text for title page (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
ink and tempera illustration (3 p.)  Box MC599
 
Farm by the Road 1932 
Note  1932
Box MC1076
charcoal illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1076
 
Fireside Poems 1930 
Note  Putnam, 1930
Box MC680
ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
Fireside Stories 1927 
Note  Putnam, 1927
Box MC680
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
The First Thanksgiving 1942 
Note Barksdale, Lena
Knopf, 1942
Box MC680
ink illustration (3 p.)  Box MC680
 
Flood Friday 1956 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1956
Box MC680
ink and pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
pencil illustrations (5 p.)  Box MC680
Box MF1954
holographic material (62 p.)  Box MF1954
 
typescript, carbon (72 p.)  Box MF1954
 
album "the story behind the book", including typescript, correspondence, photographs, and 27 pencil sketches (45 p.)  Box MF1954
 
newspaper article background material (37 p.)  Box MF1954
 
research material with one map sketch, presumably done by Miss Lenski (40 p.)  Box MF1954
 
Grandmother Tippytoe 1931 
Note  Stokes, 1931
Box MC680
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
High-Rise Secret 1966 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1966
Box MC599
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
Houseboat Girl 1957 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1957
Box MC599
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
I Like Winter 1950 
Note  Oxford University Press, 1950
Box MC599
tempera and ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison 1941 
Note  Stokes, 1941
Box MC692
pencil illustrations inscribed for Irvin Kerlan (2 p.)  Box MC692
Box MF1955
typescript, corrected "Research for Indian Captive" (12 p.)  Box MF1955
 
typescript, "My Story Indian Captive" (4 p.)  Box MF1955
 
Jack Horner's Pie: A Book of Nursery Rhymes 1927 
Note  Harper, 1927
Box MC680
ink and watercolor illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC680
 
Johnny Goes to the Fair 1932 
Note  Minton, Balch, 1932
Box MC680
ink and watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
Judy's Journey 1947 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1947
Box MC599
sheet illustration proof for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
pencil illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC599
Box MF1955
holograph for contents page (1 p.)  Box MF1955
 
page proof (15 p.)  Box MF1955
Box MF1956
galley proof corrected (18 p.)  Box MF1956
Box MF1955
illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MF1955
 
model for contents (1 p.)  Box MF1955
 
Little Baby Ann 1935 
Note  Oxford University Press, 1935
Box MC680
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
Little Sioux Girl 1958 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1958
Box MC599
ink illustraion for cover (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
Box MF1955
holograph (60 p.)  Box MF1955
 
typescript, corrected (62 p.)  Box MF1955
Box MF1956
galley proof, corrected (38 p.)  Box MF1956
 
Mama Hattie's Girl 1953 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1953
Box MC599
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
A Merry-Go-Round of Modern Tales 1927 
Note Emerson, Caroline D.
: Dutton, 1927
Box MC692
ink illustrations (20 p.)  Box MC692
 
ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC692
 
Mr. and Mrs. Noah 1948 
Note  Crowell, 1948
Box MC599a
ink illustration with 1 overlay and 3 illustrations (1 p.)  Box MC599a
 
photographs, research material (3 p.)  Box MC599a
 
bookmarks (3 p.)  Box MC599a
 
Now It's Fall 1948 
Note  Oxford University Press, 1948
Box MC599
tempera and ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
Ocean-Born Mary 1939 
Note  Stokes, 1939
Box MC1076
proof dummy (24 p.)  Box MC1076
 
On A Summer Day 1953 
Note  Oxford University Press, 1953
Box MC599
tempera and ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
Peanuts for Billy Ben 1952 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1952
Box MC599a
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC599a
 
ink illustration also used in We Live in the South (1 p.)  Box MC599a
 
Phebe Fairchild, Her Book 1936 
Note  Stokes, 1936
Box MC662
zinc cut illustration plates (4 p.)  Box MC662
 
text plate (1 p.)  Box MC662
 
page proof dummy (24 p.)  Box MC662
 
Prairie School 1951 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1951
Box MC599
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
Box MF1955
holograph (178 p.)  Box MF1955
 
typescript, corrected [bound] (167 p.)  Box MF1955
 
holograph, bound with typescript (4 p.)  Box MF1955
 
A Scotch Circus: The Story of Tammas Who Rode the Dragon 1934 
Note  Houghton, 1934
Box MC1065
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1065
 
Shoo-Fly Girl 1963 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1963
Box MC599
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
Spring is Here 1945 
Note  Oxford University Press, 1945
Box MC599
text for title page (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
tempera and ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
Strawberry Girl 1945 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1945
Box MC680
pencil illustration (inscribed for Irvin Kerlan) (1 p.)  Box MC680
Box MF1955
typescript, carbon (3 p.)  Box MF1955
 
Texas Tomboy 1950 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1950
Box MC599
ink cover (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599
 
Two Brothers and Their Baby Sister 1930 
Note  Stokes, 1930
Box MC680
ink and watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
We Live in the City 1954 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1954
Box MC599a
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599a
 
We Live in the South 1952 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1952
Box MC599a
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC599a
 
Album of Biographical Photos  
Box MF1954
leaves of 1 bound volume (14 p.)  Box MF1954
 
Friend of Children  
Box MF1955
typescript, corrected (11 p.)  Box MF1955
 
layout instructions (6 p.)  Box MF1955
Box MF1956
galley proof, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF1956
 
galley proof (7 p.)  Box MF1956
Box MF1955
pamphlet (32 p.)  Box MF1955
 
Lois Lenski: Biography  
Box MF1955
typescript, carbon (2 p.)  Box MF1955
 
Miscellaneous Art  
Box MC691
colored illustrations on a [printed] 1920 Christmas card (2 p.)  Box MC691
 
black and white lithographs (2 p.)  Box MC691
 
black and white linoleum block prints (15 p.)  Box MC691
 
black and white woodcut prints (3 p.)  Box MC691
 
Read-To-Me Storybook 1947 
Note  Child Study Association of America, 1947
Box MC680
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC680
 
White Girl Captive: A Play in Three Acts  
Box MF1955
typescripts, mimeographed [identical copies 40 p. each (80 p.)  Box MF1955
 
Correspondence, notes and clippings  
Box MF3374
typescript, miscellaneous (7 p.)  Box MF3374
 
correspondence (91 p.)  Box MF3374
 
notes (3 p.)  Box MF3374
 
clippings (54 p.)  Box MF3374
 
booklets, clippings (15 p.)  Box MF3374
 
card, clippings (7 p.)  Box MF3374
 
clippings, minature prints (5 p.)  Box MF3374
 
clippings, negatives (4 p.)  Box MF3374
 
clippings, pamphlets (4 p.)  Box MF3374
 
clippings, photographs (8 p.)  Box MF3374
 
Florida State University, Tallahasse Library 1966 
Note  1966
Box MF3375
research material (12 p.)  Box MF3375
 
inventory material (7 p.)  Box MF3375
 
interviews with author (28 p.)  Box MF3375
 
pamphlets (2 p.)  Box MF3375
 
Capital University, Columbus Ohio  
Box MF3376
notes (6 p.)  Box MF3376
 
clippings (4 p.)  Box MF3376
 
autobiographical text (18 p.)  Box MF3376
 
inventory material (11 p.)  Box MF3376
 
miscellaneous material (7 p.)  Box MF3376
 
University of Central Arkansas  
Box MF3375
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3375
 
inventory material (16 p.)  Box MF3375
 
University of Southern Mississippi  
Box MF3374
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3374
 
inventory material (15 p.)  Box MF3374
 
pamphlets (4 p.)  Box MF3374
 
medallion (1 p.)  Box MF3374
 
University of Oklahoma library 1985 
Note  1985
Box MF3375
inventory material (221 p.)  Box MF3375
 
Photos  
Box MF3374
photographs (17 p.)  Box MF3374
 
Stories Behind My Regionals  
Box MF3374
typescript, corrected carbon (154 p.)  Box MF3374
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF3374
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3374
 
We Live by the River 1956 
Note  Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1956
Box MC517
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MC517
 
pencil, ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC517