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Nicolas Sidjakov Papers

Summary Information
Title: Nicolas Sidjakov Papers
Dates: 1957-1962
Creator: Sidjakov, Nicolas
Extent: 1 folder--manuscripts .5 cubic feet--illustrative
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-71
The collection focuses on Sidjakov's work as an illustrator of children's picture books. It inccludes illustrations for 3 titles, with proofs for 1 title. It also includes a typescript photocopy of Mr. Sidjakov's acceptance speech for the 1961 Caldecott Award.

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.


Acceptance speech for the 1961 Caledcott Award,

Babjoushka and the Three Kings,

Emperor and the Drummer Boy, The,

Friendly Beasts, The,

Biographical Sketch

Nicolas Sidjakov was born December 16, 1924, in Riga, Latvia, of Russian parents who had fled Russia during the Revolution. He studies in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in the 1940s, and in the 1950s worked as a freelance designer for the French movie industry, and in advertising. In 1954 he came to the United States with his family, where he continued to work in advertising. In the 1950s he also began to illustrate children's picture books. His first such work was published in 1957, and in 1961 he won the Caldecott Award for Baboushka and the Three Kings by Ruth Robbins. The story, based on an old Russian legend, enabled Sidjakov to draw upon his own heritage and 'Russian feelings.' Throughout the 1960s and 70s he continued to illustrate various authors' books on a variety of subjects, including folk literature. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 18

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for 3 titles published between 1957-1962. It consists of pen and pencil sketches, 1 proof, and 1 illustration proof pasteup. It also includes as typescript photocopy of Sidjakov's acceptance speech for the 1961 Caldecott Award.

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.
  • Sidjakov, Nicolas
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Acceptance speech for the 1961 Caledcott Award  
Box MF769, folder 1
typescript, photocopy (1 p.)  Box MF769, folder 1
Babjoushka and the Three Kings  
Box MC808
felt tip pen jacket sketch (1 p.)  Box MC808
felt tip pen sketch (1 p.)  Box MC808
Emperor and the Drummer Boy, The  
Box MC808
original pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box MC808
Friendly Beasts, The  
Box MC808
illustration proof pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC808
proof (1 p.)  Box MC808