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Maurice Sendak Papers

Summary Information
Title: Maurice Sendak Papers
Dates: 1951-1965
Creator: Sendak, Maurice
Extent: .4 linear feet--written 2.5 cubic feet--illustrative
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-69
Abstract:
Maurice Sendak's papers focus on his work as an author and illustrator of children's books, with emphasis on the latter. The collection contains production materials for 21 titles published between 1951-1965, an illustration for a Robert Frost poem contained in a book of children's literature published in 1958, some miscellaneous art work, including studies for Esquire magazine, an ink and watercolor study inscribed for Irvin Kerlan, and a study for a version of Oscar Wild's The Happy Prince, not verified as published. The collection contains studies done in a variety of media, proofs, a dummy, a signed lithograph, and typescripts, notes, and galley proofs.

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

Along Came a Dog,

Animal Family, The,

Birthday Party, The,

Circus Girl,

Esquire magazine,

Happy Prince, The,

Hector Protector and As I Went Over the Water,

Hole is to Dig, A: A First Book of First Definitions,

House of Sixty Fathers, The,

Hurry Home, Candy,

I'll Be You and You Be Me,

I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue,

Kenny's Window,

Let's Be Enemies,

Little Bear's Visit,

Lullabies and Night Songs,

Maggie Rose, Her Birthday Christmas,

Magic Pictures, The: More About the Wonderful Farm,

Miscellaneous art,

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm,

No Fighting, No Biting,

Pencil, Pen, and Brush Drawing for Beginners,

Seven Tales,

Sign on Rosie's Door, The,

Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening,

Wonderful Farm, The,

Happy Inauguration (President Clinton), 1993


Biographical Sketch

Maurice Sendak was born June 10, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York. He began his art career as a cartoonist and display artist, and in the 1940s he started to illustrate children's books. Sendak illustrated many well-known author's books in the early years of his career, including Meindart De Jong, Ruth Krause, Charlotte Zolotow, and Janice Udry; he also illustrated Else Holmelund Minarik's Little Bear series. In the 1950s he began to write children's picture books. Throughout his long career he has continued to illustrate his own and other author's works, retellings of folk and fairy tales, and to write and direct plays for children, as well as to write for adults. He has been honored many times by the Caldecott committee, winning the Medal in 1964 for Where the Wild Things Are , and the Caldecott Honor for A Very Special House; Little Bear's Visit; The Moon Jumpers; Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present; In the Night Kitchen; Outside Over There; What Do You Say, Dear? . He has also illustrated a number of Newbery Honor books. He was one of the first authors/illustrators to deal honestly and openly with the feelings of young children, and their emotional reality. He vividly brings to life their dreams and fantasies, and how they make discoveries about themselves and their world. He also uses flights into adventure and/or fantasy to help children deal with their feelings of anger, sadness, etc. recognizing that all of these are present in the young child, and they need to be able to come to grips with them. Some of Sendak's detractors claim that he is too serious in some of his works, but Sendak, and many other critics, assert that children should not and can not be shielded from reality and harsh truths. Sendak continues to write and and illustrate children's books that challenge readers and critics to look at the world of the young child from new perspectives, and to appreciate the way Sendak brings this world of young children and their feelings and fantasies to life. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 1, 27, 113 Children's Literature Review, vol. 74


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 21 titles, as well as an illustration for a Robert Frost poem included in a collection of children's literature published in 1958. There is manuscript material for 1 title only, Kenny's Window , consisting of typescripts, some corrected or carbon, corrected galley proofs, and notes. The rest of the collection consists of illustrative material and includes studies done in a variety of media, including ink and pencil, illustrations, jacket and endpaper studies, illustration proofs, a dummy, and a signed lithograph. It also contains miscellaneous artwork done for Esquire magazine, a version of The Happy Prince not verified as published, and an ink and watercolor study 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.
  • Sendak, Maurice
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Along Came a Dog  
Box MC1175
pencil studies (29 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Animal Family, The  
Box MC1175
sheet illustration proofs (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Birthday Party, The  
Box MC1175
jacket pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
pencil studies (8 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Circus Girl  
Box MC D78
ink and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC D78
Box MC78
pencil jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC78
 
pencil studies (18 p.)  Box MC78
 
Esquire magazine  
Box MC1175
pencil studies (2 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Happy Prince, The  
Box MC1175
ink and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Hector Protector and As I Went Over the Water  
Box MC1174
illustration proofs on 2 pp. (7 p.)  Box MC1174
 
Hole is to Dig, A: A First Book of First Definitions  
Box MC1174
ink and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1174
 
ink studies (6 p.)  Box MC1174
 
House of Sixty Fathers, The  
Box MC1175
watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
pencil studies (31 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Hurry Home, Candy  
Box MC1175
crayon and tempera jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
ink studies (4 p.)  Box MC1175
 
pencil studies (2 p.)  Box MC1175
 
sheet illustration proofs (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
I'll Be You and You Be Me  
Box MC1174
pencil jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1174
 
ink endpaper study (1 p.)  Box MC1174
 
pencil endpaper study (1 p.)  Box MC1174
 
crayon and pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC1174
 
ink and pencil studies (7 p.)  Box MC1174
 
ink and watercolor studies (10 p.)  Box MC1174
 
ink studies (38 p.)  Box MC1174
 
pencil studies (3 p.)  Box MC1174
 
I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue  
Box MC78
watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC78
 
sheets ink and watercolor studies (2 p.)  Box MC78
 
watercolor studies (6 p.)  Box MC78
 
Kenny's Window  
Box MF703 folder 1
3 holographs (10 p.)  Box MF703 folder 1
 
typescript (5 p.)  Box MF703 folder 1
 
6 typescripts, corrected (38 p.)  Box MF703 folder 1
Box MF703 folder 2
13 typescripts, corrected (46 p.)  Box MF703 folder 2
Box MF703 folder 3
8 typescripts, corrected (17 p.)  Box MF703 folder 3
 
3 typescripts, carbon (8 p.)  Box MF703 folder 3
 
4 typescripts, corrected carbon (12 p.)  Box MF703 folder 3
Box MF703 folder 4
3 galley proofs, corrected (51 p.)  Box MF703 folder 4
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF703 folder 4
Box MC78
ink and watercolor dummy with text proof (64 p.)  Box MC78
 
ink and watercolor jacket and/or title page studies (10 p.)  Box MC78
 
ink and watercolor studies (6 p.)  Box MC78
 
pencil studies (33 p.)  Box MC78
 
Let's Be Enemies  
Box MC1175
ink and watercolor jacket studies (4 p.)  Box MC1175
 
pencil jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
ink studies (2 p.)  Box MC1175
 
pencil studies (19 p.)  Box MC1175
 
layout (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Little Bear's Visit  
Box MC1174
lithograph, #26 of a signed, limited edition of 500 copies. (1 p.)  Box MC1174
 
Lullabies and Night Songs  
Box MC1175
photographs of illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Maggie Rose, Her Birthday Christmas  
Box MC1174
ink and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1174
 
ink studies (7 p.)  Box MC1174
 
Magic Pictures, The: More About the Wonderful Farm  
Box MC1175
ink studies, 1 framed (7 p.)  Box MC1175
 
pencil studies (30 p.)  Box MC1175
 
sheets illustration proof (6 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Miscellaneous art  
Box MC1175
ink and watercolor study inscribed for Irvin Kerlan, probably unpublished (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm  
Box MC1175
ink studies (4 p.)  Box MC1175
 
No Fighting, No Biting  
Box MC1174
pencil studies (35 p.)  Box MC1174
 
sheets pencil studies (2 p.)  Box MC1174
 
Pencil, Pen, and Brush Drawing for Beginners  
Box MC78
ink studies (2 p.)  Box MC78
 
Seven Tales  
Box MC1174
sheet ink, pencil and watercolor studies (1 p.)  Box MC1174
 
ink and watercolor studies (2 p.)  Box MC1174
 
ink studies (4 p.)  Box MC1174
 
pencil studies (9 p.)  Box MC1174
 
Sign on Rosie's Door, The  
Box MC1174
jacket pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC1174
 
pencil studies (31 p.)  Box MC1174
 
Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening  
Box MC1174
ink and watercolor drawing, inscribed To Irvin. (1 p.)  Box MC1174
 
Wonderful Farm, The  
Box MC1175
ink and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
ink studies (20 p.)  Box MC1175
 
jacket sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC1175
 
sheets illustration proof (2 p.)  Box MC1175
 
Happy Inauguration (President Clinton) 1993 
Note  1993
Box MC78
print (1 p.)  Box MC78