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Elfriede M. Abbe Papers

Summary Information
Title: Elfriede M. Abbe Papers
Dates: 1950-1957
Creator: Abbe, Elfriede M.
Extent: 1 box
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-500
The Abbe Collection contains woodcut illustrations of 3 titles from 1950-1957.

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.


Aesop's Fables, 1950

Rip Van Winkle: A Legend of the Kaatskill Mountains, 1951

Seven Irish Tales, 1957

Biographical Sketch

Elfriede M. Abbe was born in Washington DC in 1919 to an accomplished pianist and geologist. Attending Cornell College until 1940, she graduated from the College of Architecture, Department of Sculpture. From there she privately studied under Brenda Putnam in New York and Ivan Mestrovic at Syracuse University. "Wood is my principal medium", wrote Abbe, a technique she perfected with a Tiffany Fellowship in 1948, "I work entirely by hand, using only chisels, gouges and mallet, no electrical tools or abrasives." She is lauded for her ultimate respect for the medium of wood engraving.

Biographical Sources: American Artist , April 1960.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Abbe Collection contains woodcut illustrations of 3 titles from 1950-1957.

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.
  • Abbe, Elfriede M.
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Aesop's Fables 1950 
Note  Ithaca, NY: , 1950
Box MC 818
woodcut illustration with text proof (1 p.)  Box MC 818
woodcut illustrations (31 p.)  Box MC 818
Rip Van Winkle: A Legend of the Kaatskill Mountains 1951 
Note Washington Irving
Ithaca, NY: , 1951
Box MC 818
woodcut illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 818
Seven Irish Tales 1957 
Note  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, 1957
Box MC 818
woodcut illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC 818