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Elizabeth Olds Papers

Summary Information
Title: Elizabeth Olds Papers
Dates: 1945-1958
Creator: Olds, Elizabeth
Extent: 6 cubic feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-62
Abstract:
The Elizabeth Olds papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for 4 titles published between 1945-1958. It includes illustrations in a variety of media, some with separations, dummies with and without text, studies done in a variety of media, sketches, pasteups, technical notes, and 1 piece of miscellaneous art, a woodcut print inscribed for Irvin Kerlan.

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

Big Fire, The,

Deep Treasure: A Story of Oil,

Feather Mountain,

Miscellaneous Art,

Riding the Rails,


Biographical Sketch

Elizabeth Olds was born December 10, 1896, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended the U. of Minn. from 1916-1918, the Minneapolis Institute of Art from 1918-1821, and the Art Students League of New York from 1921-1923. Throughout her long career in the arts, Ms. Olds became known for her paintings and prints, and was the first woman awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work. She began writing and illustrating children's books in the 1940s, publishing The Big Fire in 1945, a work that developed out of one of her prints. In 1952 she received a Caldecott Honor for Feather Mountain . Her children's books demonstrate her versatility as an artist working in a variety of media, as well as showcasing her storytelling abilities. Elizabeth Olds died March 4, 1991, in Sarasota, Florida.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vols. 3, 66


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 4 titles, and includes illustrations done in tempera, tempera and collage, and ink wash, some with separations, lithograph illustrations, studies, and sketches done in a variety of media, including ink wash and charcoal, ink and charcoal, tempera and watercolor, and collage. There are also two oversize silkscreen prints for The Big Fire, technical notes for The Big Fire and for Riding the Rails, dummies, a proof, pasteups, and a woodcut print inscribed for Irvin Kerlan.

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.
  • Olds, Elizabeth
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Big Fire, The  
Box MC841
black and white uncut page proofs (2 p.)  Box MC841
 
colored uncut page proofs (3 p.)  Box MC841
Box MC833
tempera and pencil illustrator's dummy (26 p.)  Box MC833
 
endpaper illustration (1 p.)  Box MC833
 
tempera jacket illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC833
Box MC841
technical notes (1 p.)  Box MC841
 
lithographic endpaper illustration (1 p.)  Box MC841
 
lithographic jacket illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC841
 
lithographic and watercolor endpaper illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC841
 
sheets with 17 lithograph illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC841
Box MC1111
silkscreen prints (2 p.)  Box MC1111
 
Deep Treasure: A Story of Oil  
Box MC172
author-illustrator's tempera and collage dummy with typescript (24 p.)  Box MC172
 
author-illustrator's tempera and collage dummy with text proof (20 p.)  Box MC172
 
temperas and collage illustrations with 3 separations each (8 p.)  Box MC172
 
tempera and collage illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC172
 
ink wash illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC172
 
sheets with 8 tempera and collage illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC172
 
ink wash illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC172
 
collage studies (2 p.)  Box MC172
 
tempera study (1 p.)  Box MC172
 
proof (1 p.)  Box MC172
 
Feather Mountain  
Box MC173
ink wash illustration with 3 separations for jacket/last page (1 p.)  Box MC173
 
ink wash illustration for endpapers/title page (1 p.)  Box MC173
 
ink wash illustrations with 3 separations each (6 p.)  Box MC173
 
ink wash illustrations with 2 separations each (2 p.)  Box MC173
 
ink wash illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC173
 
tempera and watercolor studies mounted on tagboard--originally framed (4 p.)  Box MC173
 
sheets watercolor and ink sketches (2 p.)  Box MC173
 
sheets ink and wash sketches (8 p.)  Box MC173
 
sheets ink and charcoal sketches (2 p.)  Box MC173
 
Miscellaneous Art  
Box MC841
woodcut print, The Eclipse, inscribed for Dr. Kerlan (1 p.)  Box MC841
 
Riding the Rails  
Box MC174
author-illustrator's tempera and pencil dummy (56 p.)  Box MC174
 
sheets with 18 ink wash illustrations (14 p.)  Box MC174
 
jacket pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC174
 
endpaper pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC174
 
technical notes (1 p.)  Box MC174
 
ink wash illustrations with 3 separations each (4 p.)  Box MC174
Box MC414
ink wash illustration (1 p.)  Box MC414
 
ink wash illustrations with 3 separations each (one is mission 1 separation) (8 p.)  Box MC414
 
separation, not connected to an illustration (1 p.)  Box MC414
 
ink wash illustration (1 p.)  Box MC414
 
uncut page proof (1 p.)  Box MC414