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Katherine Milhous Collection

Summary Information
Title: Katherine Milhous Papers
Dates: 1938-1964
Creator: Milhous, Katherine
Extent: .5 linear feet--manuscripts 3 cubic feet--illustrations
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-58
Abstract:
Katherine Milhous' papers focus on her work as an illustrator and author of children's picture books. The collection contains production material for twenty titles published between 1938-1964; it also includes some miscellaneous artwork. The procduction material includes holographs (manuscripts), typerscripts, notes, illustrations, dummies, color samples, studies, a layout, and photostats. There is also a brief autobiographical typescript by Ms. Milhous.

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

Appolonia's Valentine,

Autobiographical sketch,

Billy Button's Butter'd Biscuit,

Book for Jennifer, A,

Brownies, The,

Corporal Keeperupper,

Egg Tree, The,

First Christmas Crib, The,

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales,

Herodia, the Lovely Puppet,

Lovina, a Story of the Pennsylvania Country,

Miscellaneous artwork,

Old Abe, American Eagle,

Once on a Time,

Patrick and the Golden Slippers,

Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers,

Silver Pencil, The,

Snow Over Bethlehem,

They Live in South America,

Through Those Arches: The Story of Independence Hall,

Wings Around South America,

With Bells On: A Christmas Story,


Biographical Sketch

Katherine Milhous was born November 27, 1894, in Philadelphia, PA. She attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She began illustrating children's books in the 1930s, and writing them in the 1940s. Her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and love of Philadelphia played a major part in shaping both her artwork and her stories. Many of her books are set in the Pennsylvania countryside or in Philadelphia. Her Caldecott Award winning book, The Egg Tree , published in 1950, drew on the folk traditions of the region. Ms. Milhous' illustrations are noted for their colorful, bold, yet simple, style, as well as her use of fold motifs, and emphasis on the wonders of nature, while her writing is also plain and simple. Throughout her long career she continued to illustrate other author's works. She died on December 5, 1977.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for 20 titles published between 1938-1964. It includes an autobiographical sketch, holographs, typescripts, notes, one piece of correspondence, illustrations, including ink, ink and watercolor, tempera, watercolor, dummies, color samples, studies, and two mailing pieces. There is also some miscellaneous artwork, a watercolor, and a holiday greeting card.

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.
  • Milhous, Katherine
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Appolonia's Valentine  
Note  : ,
Box MC1521
ink and tempera dummy with text proof (40 p.)  Box MC1521
 
Autobiographical sketch  
Note  : ,
Box MF588 folder 1
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF588 folder 1
 
Billy Button's Butter'd Biscuit  
Note  : ,
Box MC824
ink illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC824
 
Book for Jennifer, A  
Note  : ,
Box MC824
ink and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC824
 
ink and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC824
 
Brownies, The  
Note  : ,
Box MC1278
tempera dummy with text proof (68 p.)  Box MC1278
 
tempera illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1278
 
Corporal Keeperupper  
Note  : ,
Box MF588 folder 2
holograph (30 p.)  Box MF588 folder 2
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF588 folder 2
 
Egg Tree, The  
Note  : ,
Box MF588 folder 3
typescript, corrected--on origin of story (2 p.)  Box MF588 folder 3
Box MC72
chalk, pencil and tempera dummy with text proof (54 p.)  Box MC72
Box MF72
tempera illustrations (2 p.)  Box MF72
Box MC72
photostat for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC72
 
photostats (3 p.)  Box MC72
 
First Christmas Crib, The  
Note  : ,
Box MC 1077
original watercolor for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 1077
 
original watercolor (1 p.)  Box MC 1077
Box MC 1521
illustrator's book dummy (1 p.)  Box MC 1521
 
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales  
Note  : ,
Box MC824
tempera jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC824
 
Herodia, the Lovely Puppet  
Note  : ,
Box MC1071
ink and watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1071
 
Lovina, a Story of the Pennsylvania Country  
Note  : ,
Box MC1352
tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1352
 
sheet color samples (1 p.)  Box MC1352
 
Miscellaneous artwork  
Note  : ,
Box MC224
tempera print (1 p.)  Box MC224
 
watercolor--Harbor Concarneau (1 p.)  Box MC224
 
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC224
Box MC824
holiday greeting card inscribed for Mildred Batchelder (1 p.)  Box MC824
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MC824
 
page (1 p.)  Box MC824
 
Old Abe, American Eagle  
Note  : ,
Box MC1076
pencil and proof dummy (74 p.)  Box MC1076
 
Once on a Time  
Note  : ,
Box MC1352
tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1352
 
Patrick and the Golden Slippers  
Note  : ,
Box MF588 folder 4
holograph, corrected (35 p.)  Box MF588 folder 4
Box MF588 folder 5
typescript, corrected (18 p.)  Box MF588 folder 5
Box MC1592
collage, crayon and pencil dummy with text proof (34 p.)  Box MC1592
 
crayon, ink and pencil dummy with text proof (44 p.)  Box MC1592
 
ink, pencil and watercolor dummy with text proof (36 p.)  Box MC1592
 
pencil and proof dummy (36 p.)  Box MC1592
 
watercolor jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1592
 
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1592
 
collage and crayon jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1592
 
Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers  
Note  : ,
Box MC1076
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1076
Box MC824
mailing pieces, for book's author, Mabel Leigh Hunt (2 p.)  Box MC824
 
correspondence to Mabel Leigh Hunt from publisher (1 p.)  Box MC824
 
Silver Pencil, The  
Note  : ,
Box MC1278
tempera endpaper illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1278
 
Snow Over Bethlehem  
Note  : ,
Box MC1278
tempera endpaper illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1278
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1278
 
They Live in South America  
Note  : ,
Box MC1070
ink and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC1070
 
Through Those Arches: The Story of Independence Hall  
Note  : ,
Box MF588 folders 6-7
typescript, corrected (79 p.)  Box MF588 folders 6-7
Box MF588 folder 8
notes (9 p.)  Box MF588 folder 8
Box MC1076
pencil and tempera dummy with holograph and text proof (100 p.)  Box MC1076
Box MC1353
tempera jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1353
 
layout (1 p.)  Box MC1353
 
Wings Around South America  
Note  : ,
Box MC1592
watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC1592
 
With Bells On: A Christmas Story  
Note  : ,
Box MF588 folder 9
typescript and holograph, corrected (54 p.)  Box MF588 folder 9
Box MC824
tempera dummy (40 p.)  Box MC824
 
tempera jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC824