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Marc Simont Papers

Summary Information
Title: Marc Simont Papers
Dates: 1949-1980
Creator: Simont, Marc
Extent: .9 cubic feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-72
Marc Simont's papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's picture books. The collection includes illustrations for 4 titles, and includes color, black and white, charcoal, and tempera illustrations, and 13 color illustrations with proof text pasteup for 4 titles.

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.


Big World, The, and the Little House,

Happy Day, The,

If You Listen,

Tree is Nice, A,

Biographical Sketch

Marc Simont was born November 23, 1915, in Paris, and first came to the United States in 1927. He studied art in New York and Paris in the 1930s. He served in the United States Army during WWII, and in 1945 married Sara Dalton, with whom she had 1 son. He has worked as an artist and illustrator since 1939, and has also written and translated children's books. He worked as an illustrator for 5 decades, including a number of series books for young readers. In 1950 he received a Caldecott Honor for The Happy Day , and won the Caldecott Medal in 1957 for A Tree is Nice . Critics note that Simont is proficient in many styles, and that his illustrations always suit the text and subject matter. His illustrations are also noted for their sense of humor and fun, as well as their simplicity and emotion. His illustrations have a great appeal for children, as they can touch a wide range of their emotions. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 73, 129

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for 4 titles, and includes illustrations, including colored, black and white, charcoal, and tempera, and color illustrations with text proof pasteup.

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.
  • Simont, Marc
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Big World, The, and the Little House  
Box MC808
original colored illustration (1 p.)  Box MC808
original black and white illustration, inscribed for Irvin Kerlan (1 p.)  Box MC808
Happy Day, The  
Box MC808
charcoal illustration (1 p.)  Box MC808
If You Listen  
Box MC207
color illustrations with text proof pasteup (13 p.)  Box MC207
Tree is Nice, A  
Box MC808
tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box MC808