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Leonard Kessler Papers

Summary Information
Title: Leonard Kessler Papers
Dates: 1955-1990
Creator: Kessler, Leonard
Extent: c.5 folders--written; 6 boxes--illustrative
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-639
Abstract:
The collection contains illustrative and a small amount of written materials for 32 titles. Written material includes a few typscripts, some corrected, correspondence, a holograph, and a galley proof. Illustrative materials include illustrations in a variety of media, layouts, pasteups, dust jackets, sketches, studies, dummies, and separations

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

Aurora and Socrates, 1977

Be Ready at Eight, 1979

Big Mile Race, The, 1983

Book of Stars for You, A, 1967

Book of Venus for You, A, 1969

Cowboys: What Do They Do?, 1972

Do Baby Bears Sit in Chairs?, 1961

Ducks Don't Get Wet, 1965

Family Under the Moon, The, 1976

Granpa Witch and the Magic Doobelator, 1981

I Go Out, 1961

I Was Thinking, 19979

Meet the Computer, 1977

Mr. Pine's Storybook, 1982

Miscellaneous art,

New Water Book,

Night Story, 1981

Old Turtle's Baseball Stories, 1982

Old Turtle's Riddle and Joke Book, 1986

Old Turtle's Soccer Team, 1988

Old Turtle's Winter Games, 1983

Railroad Engineers and Airline Pilots; What Do They Do?, 1964

Sad Tale of the Careless Klunks, The, 1965

Saturn, 1983

Slush, Slush!,

Soup for the King,

Stan, the Hot Dog Man: an I Can Read Book, 1990

Super Bowl, 1980

Sweeneys from 9D, The, 1985

That's Not Santa, 1981

Two, Four, Six, Eight: A Book About Legs, 1980

What's Inside the Box?, 1976

Worst Team Ever, The, 1985


Biographical Sketch

Leonard P. Kessler was a born October 28, 1921, in Ohio. He followed a career as author and illustrator, which he began as a designer and illustrator of children's books in 1951. Besides fiction for children, Kessler wrote many non-fiction and informational books. Much of his work was done jointly with his wife, Ethel.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol. 14


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains both written and illustrative production materials. The written material includes typescripts, some corrected, correspondence, a holograph, and a galley proof. Illustrative materials illustrations in ink and watercolor, ink, ink and gray marker, ink and typescript, black and white, felt pen, watercolor and wash, color and ink, ink and wash, some with separations. It also includes sketches in marker; colored pencil; ink; ink, color and pencil; mixed media; crayon; and watercolor . There are also pencil studies, layouts, dust jackets, pasteups, separations, dummies, notes, and color proofs. Some of the material is photocopied.

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.
  • Kessler, Leonard
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Aurora and Socrates 1977 
Note  New York: Crowell, 1977
Box MC164
ink and watercolor illustrations (42 p.)  Box MC164
 
Be Ready at Eight 1979 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1979
Box MC165
ink illustrations with 2 separations (29 p.)  Box MC165
 
ink illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC165
 
ink and gray marker illustration (1 p.)  Box MC165
 
pasteup for type for cover (1 p.)  Box MC165
 
marker layout for cover (1 p.)  Box MC165
 
ink illustration for cover with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC165
 
Big Mile Race, The 1983 
Note  New York: Greenwillow, 1983
Box MF1282
Typescript, photocopied. Pen sketch (12 p.)  Box MF1282
Box MC493
jacket (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Book of Stars for You, A 1967 
Note  New York: Crowell, 1967
Box MC493
jackets (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Book of Venus for You, A 1969 
Note  New York: Crowell, 1969
Box MC493
jacket (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Cowboys: What Do They Do? 1972 
Note  New York: Harper, 1972
Box MC164
ink and watercolor illustration with typescript pasteup and separations (1 p.)  Box MC164
 
Do Baby Bears Sit in Chairs? 1961 
Note  Garden City NY: Doubleday, 1961
Box MC493
marker sketch (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Ducks Don't Get Wet 1965 
Note  Harper & Row (Crowell), 1965
Box MF1282
Typescript, for back and front flaps (2 p.)  Box MF1282
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF1282
 
Family Under the Moon, The 1976 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1976
Box MC493
jacket (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
original marker sketch, on an envelope (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Granpa Witch and the Magic Doobelator 1981 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1981
Box MF886
Typescript, corrected (16 p.)  Box MF886
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF886
 
post card (1 p.)  Box MF886
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF886
Box MC164
ink and gray marker pasteup for cover with 3 separations and 1 flap for instructions (1 p.)  Box MC164
 
colored pencil sketch for cover (1 p.)  Box MC164
 
ink and gray marker pasteup with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC164
 
ink and gray marker pasteups with 2 separations (28 p.`)  Box MC164
 
ink sketches (4 p.)  Box MC164
 
mixed media dummy with type position (56 p.)  Box MC164
 
ink, pencil and color sketches (6 p.)  Box MC164
 
pencil studies (10 p.)  Box MC164
 
I Go Out 1961 
Note  New York: Harper, 1961
Box MC493
proof dummy (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
I Was Thinking 19979 
Note  New York: Greenwillow, 19979
Box MC1269
ink and watercolor illustrations with 3 separations (27 p.)  Box MC1269
 
Meet the Computer 1977 
Note  New York: Dodd, 1977
Box MC486
ink and color galley (47 p.)  Box MC486
 
ink and color illustrations with typescript pasteup (16 p.)  Box MC486
 
Mr. Pine's Storybook 1982 
Note  New York: Putnam, 1982
Box MC486
ink, color and pencil sketches (9 p.)  Box MC486
 
ink, color and pencil sketches with pasteup (8 p.)  Box MC486
 
Miscellaneous art  
Box MC493
ink and watercolor illustration, titled, 'Who did It?' (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
ink sketches (8 p.)  Box MC493
 
pencil studies (2 p.)  Box MC493
 
note (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
New Water Book  
Note  New York: T. Y. Crowell,
Box MC493
separation with pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Night Story 1981 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1981
Box MF1283
jacket sketch, correspondence, edited typescript (12 p.)  Box MF1283
 
Old Turtle's Baseball Stories 1982 
Note  New York: Greenwillow, 1982
Box MC486
dummies (2 p.)  Box MC486
 
Old Turtle's Riddle and Joke Book 1986 
Note  New York: Greenwillow, 1986
Box MC493
illustrations with separations and pasteup (27 p.)  Box MC493
 
Typescript and ink illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Old Turtle's Soccer Team 1988 
Note  New York: Greenwillow, 1988
Box MC493
separations (4 p.)  Box MC493
 
mixed media studies (8 p.)  Box MC493
 
pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
dummies (4 p.)  Box MC493
 
ink sketches (3 p.)  Box MC493
 
mixed media sketches (3 p.)  Box MC493
 
photocopied studies (10 p.)  Box MC493
 
autographed bookmark (1 p.)  Box MC493
Box MF1282
Typescript, corrected (99 p.)  Box MF1282
 
miscellaneous corrected typescript (8 p.)  Box MF1282
 
holograph (4 p.)  Box MF1282
 
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF1282
Box MC1282
galley proof (1 p.)  Box MC1282
 
Typescript, corrected photocopy (20 p.)  Box MC1282
 
Old Turtle's Winter Games 1983 
Note  New York: Greenwillow, 1983
Box MF1282
photocopied rough draft (32 p.)  Box MF1282
 
Railroad Engineers and Airline Pilots; What Do They Do? 1964 
Note  New York: Harper, 1964
Box MC1009
original water color for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1009
 
original separation for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1009
 
original black and white illustrations (59 p.)  Box MC1009
 
original black and white title page illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1009
 
color separation (1 p.)  Box MC1009
 
original crayon sketches (6 p.)  Box MC1009
 
Sad Tale of the Careless Klunks, The 1965 
Note  New York: Dodd, 1965
Box MC493
publisher's material for the jacket (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Saturn 1983 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1983
Box MC164
felt pen and photocopy dummy with proof text (64 p.)  Box MC164
 
felt pen jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC164
 
felt pen illustrations (33 p.)  Box MC164
 
color proofs of jacket (5 p.)  Box MC164
 
color proofs (4 p.)  Box MC164
 
Slush, Slush!  
Note  New York: Parents' Magazine Press,
Box MC493
jacket (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Soup for the King  
Note  New York: Grosset & Dunlap,
Box MC493
publisher's material for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Stan, the Hot Dog Man: an I Can Read Book 1990 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1990
Box MC493
watercolor wash and ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
watercolor sketch on an envelope--not used in the book (1 p.)  Box MC493
 
Super Bowl 1980 
Note  New York: Greenwillow, 1980
Box MC486
ink studies (4 p.)  Box MC486
 
Sweeneys from 9D, The 1985 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1985
Box MF1283
photos, pen sketches, correspondence, typescript (27 p.)  Box MF1283
Box MC486
photocopies sketch (1 p.)  Box MC486
 
color sketch (1 p.)  Box MC486
 
color and ink illustrations with separation (31 p.)  Box MC486
 
galley sheet corrected (4 p.)  Box MC486
 
That's Not Santa 1981 
Note  New York: Scholastic, 1981
Box MF1282
Typescript, corrected (17 p.)  Box MF1282
Box MC493
ink and watercolor dummy (47 p.)  Box MC493
 
ink, watercolor and crayon illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC493
 
Two, Four, Six, Eight: A Book About Legs 1980 
Note  New York: Dodd, 1980
Box MC486
ink and color sketches (4 p.)  Box MC486
 
What's Inside the Box? 1976 
Note  New York: Dodd, Mead, 1976
Box MC165
marker layout for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC165
 
ink and wash illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC165
 
pasteup for jacket flap (1 p.)  Box MC165
 
photocopy of jacket flap used for reference (1 p.)  Box MC165
 
ink illustrations with 2 separations (24 p.)  Box MC165
 
marker dummy with pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC165
 
Worst Team Ever, The 1985 
Note  New York: Greenwillow, 1985
Box MC486
ink studies (11 p.)  Box MC486
 
photocopied illustrations (27 p.)  Box MC486