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Elton C. Fax Collection

Summary Information
Title: Elton C. Fax Papers
Dates: 1960
Creator: Fax, Elton C.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-637
The collection consists of 16 pencil sketches done for a book authored by Verna Aardema titled Tales from the Story Hat , published in 1960.

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.


Tales from the Story Hat, 1960

Biographical Sketch

Elton Clay Fax was born October 9, 1909, in Baltimore, MD. His mother was a country school teacher who believed in the power of learning, and she instilled in Elton and his brother the need to read. The only institution of public service that was not segregated when he was growing up in Baltimore was the Enoch Pratt Free Library, where he borrowed the many books his mother felt he should learn to read. He became particularly enamoured of a series of travel books known as 'Our Little Cousins.' Later in life he visited many of the far-off places he had read about. Through his drawings and writing, he shared with others what he saw, heard, and felt in his travels. When he illustrated Tales from the Story Hat , he had been to Ghana in West Africa and had seen the kinds of straw hats worn by the African story tellers. Biographical Source: Something About the Author , Vol. 25, p. 106-107

Collection Scope and Content Note

The only items in the collection are 16 pencil sketches done for Tales from the Story Hat written by Verna Aardema.

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.
  • Fax, Elton C.
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Tales from the Story Hat 1960 
Note  New York: Coward-McCann, 1960
Box M. C. 1502 + 508
Pencil sketches (16 p.)  Box M. C. 1502 + 508