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Symeon Shimin Papers

Summary Information
Title: Symeon Shimin Papers
Dates: 1955-1973
Creator: Shimin, Symeon
Extent: 2.2 cubic feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-70
Abstract:
Symeon Shimin's papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection includes production materials for 13 titles, and consists of dummies, a jacket study, illustrations, and photographs and negatives.

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

Animals at My Doorstep,

Before the Indians,

Day in the Life of a Baby Gibbon, A,

Gorilla, Gorilla,

House in the Tree, The: A Story of Israel,

Joseph and Koza: or, the Sacrifice to the Vistula,

Lighthouse Island,

New Baby, A, A New Life,

One Small Blue Bead,

Star in the Sea, A,

Why People are Different Colors,

Wonderful Story of How You Were Born, The,

Young Kangaroo,


Biographical Sketch

Symeon Shimin was born November 1, 1902, in Astrakhan, Russia, and came to the United States in 1912. Primarily self-taught as an artist, he studied for a short time at Cooper Union and traveled to France and Spain in the 1920s and early 30s to study the old masters and contemporary European artists. He began his long career as a painter and illustrator in the 1920s, and in 1950 illustrated his first children's book, How Big It Is , revised edition, written by Herman and Nina Schneider. Throughout his long career, he illustrated books for many different children's and young adult authors, including Margaret Wise Brown, Joseph Krumgold, Virginia Hamiltor, Byrd Baylor, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Madeleine L'Engle. He illustrated both fiction and non-fiction, including many books on animals, and preferred to work from live models to give his works realism and authenticity. Shimin died in 1984. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 13


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 13 titles, and includes dummies, with and without text proofs, crayon, ink, and watercolor illustrations, ink and watercolor illustrations, a pencil study, a charcoal illustration, photographs and negatives, photocopies of illustrations, a pencil and watercolor jacket study, and a pencil illustration.

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.
  • Shimin, Symeon
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Animals at My Doorstep  
Box MC812
pencil and watercolor dummy with text proof (70 p.)  Box MC812
 
Before the Indians  
Box MC812
pencil and watercolor dummy with text proof (29 p.)  Box MC812
 
Day in the Life of a Baby Gibbon, A  
Box MC812
pencil and watercolor dummy with typescript pasteup (40 p.)  Box MC812
 
Gorilla, Gorilla  
Box MC471
ink and pencil dummy with text proof pasteup (40 p.)  Box MC471
 
crayon, ink and watercolor illustrations with text proof pasteup (6 p.)  Box MC471
 
ink and watercolor illustrations mounted on board (4 p.)  Box MC471
 
charcoal illustration (1 p.)  Box MC471
 
sheet pencil studies (1 p.)  Box MC471
 
sheets photocopied illustrations and text proof pasteup (62 p.)  Box MC471
 
photographs and negatives (8 p.)  Box MC471
 
photographs (4 p.)  Box MC471
 
proof dummy (68 p.)  Box MC471
 
sheet text proof (1 p.)  Box MC471
 
House in the Tree, The: A Story of Israel  
Box MC812
pencil and watercolor dummy with text proof (56 p.)  Box MC812
 
Joseph and Koza: or, the Sacrifice to the Vistula  
Box MC812
conte crayon and pencil dummy with holograph and text proof (50 p.)  Box MC812
 
proof dummy (44 p.)  Box MC812
 
Lighthouse Island  
Box MC813
pencil and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC813
 
New Baby, A, A New Life  
Box MC471
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC471
 
One Small Blue Bead  
Box MC813
pencil and watercolor dummy with text proof (52 p.)  Box MC813
 
Star in the Sea, A  
Box MC813
ink, pencil, and watercolor dummy with text proof (48 p.)  Box MC813
 
uncut page proof (1 p.)  Box MC813
 
Why People are Different Colors  
Box MC813
pencil and watercolor dummy with text proof (44 p.)  Box MC813
 
Wonderful Story of How You Were Born, The  
Box MC813
pencil and watercolor dummy (48 p.)  Box MC813
 
Young Kangaroo  
Box MC813
pencil dummy with text proof (48 p.)  Box MC813