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Margot Tomes Papers

Summary Information
Title: Margot Tomes Papers
Dates: 1951-1991
Creator: Tomes, Margot
Extent: circa 9.5 cubic feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-77
Abstract:
Margot Tomes' papers focus on her work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for fifty-eight titles published between 1951 and 1991, with the earliest material for some adult titles that Margot Tomes illustrated. The collection includes illustrations done in a variety of media, many with separations and/or overlays, miscellaneous overlays and separations, studies, dummies, paste-ups, proofs, layouts, and photocopies. There is also production material for stories published in various issues of Cricket magazine, and some miscellaneous art work for unpublished and/or unidentified titles, clippings, and a very small amount of correspondence.

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

And Then What Happened, Paul Reviere?, 1973

Anna, Grandpa, and the Big Storm, 1982

Art of Creole Cookery, The, 1962

Becky and the Bear, 1975

Birthday Poems, 1989

Brave Balloon of Benjamin Buckley, The, 1963

By George, Bloomers, 1976

Cecelia and the Blue Mountain Boy, 1983

Chimney Sweeps, 1982

Clever Gretchen and Other Forgotten Folktales, 1980

Crazy Quilt Cookery, 1964

Everyone is Good for Something, 1980

Everything Under a Mushroom, 1973

Fisherman and His Wife, The, 1988

Five Children and a Dog, 1965

Garlanda, 1980

Giant Poems, 1978

Halloween Pumpkin Smasher, The, 1978

I Saw Three Ships, 1969

If There Were Dreams To Sell, 1984

Jack and The Wonder Beans, 1977

Joe and the Talking Christmas Tree, 1968

Kill with Kindness, 1962

King George's Head Was Made of Lead, 1974

Land of Forgotten Beasts, The, 1964

Landslide, 1963

Lap-Time Song and Play Book, The, 1989

Little Sister and the Month Brothers, 1976

Lysbet and the Fire Kittens, 1973

Mysterious Girl in the Garden, The, 1981

New Year's Poems, 1987

One, Two, Three and Many, 1970

Phoebe and the General, 1977

Plenty for Three, 1971

Pot Full of Luck, 1982

Prize Performance, 1977

Rome and a Villa, 1956

Sara Crewe; or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's, 1981

Secret House, A, 1970

Shadow Maker, The, 1987

Size, Distance, Weight, 1968

Snowy Day: Stories and Poems, 1986

Soup Bone, 1990

Stone Soup, 1991

Tattercoats, 1989

Teeny Tiny Witches, The, 1979

This Time Tempe Wick?, 1974

Those Foolish Molboes, 1977

Turtle and Snail, 1979

Wanda Gag's The Earth Gnome, 1985

Wanda Gag's Jorinda and Joringel, 1978

Wanda Gag's The Six Swans, 1982

Wanda Gag's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, 1979

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, 1976

Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?, 1980

Wild Cherry Tree Road, 1951

Witch Hazel, 1991

Witch's Hat, 1984

Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?,


Biographical Sketch

Margot Tomes was born August 10, 1917 in Yonkers, New York. She attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and early in her career worked as a fabric designer. She began illustrating books in the 1950s, mainly works for adults including mysteries and cook books. In 1963 she illustrated her first book for children, The Brave Balloon of Benjamin Buckley. Throughout her long and prolific career, Margot Tomes illustrated dozens of books for children. She did illustrations for works of fiction and non-fiction, and in both she was noted for her attention to detail particularly in works of historical fiction and those dealing with American history. Margot Tomes worked with a number of well-known authors including Jean Fritz, many of whose popular books on early American history Margot Tomes illustrated with her sense of "whimsy" that was also cited by critics as part of the books' appeal and complemented perfectly the texts. Margot Tomes worked in a variety of media but her style is considered "recognizable" by many due to its detail, humor, and portrayal of characters. Margot Tomes also illustrated a number of adaptations of folk and fairy tales by Wanda Gag. In these books her trademark style comes through yet adds to the books' appeal by demonstrating the "whimsical quality" she was noted for but also bringing out the stories' morals and occasional underlying darkness. Margot Tomes continued to illustrate children's books up to the time of death on June 25, 1991 in New York City.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for fifty-eight titles published between 1951 and 1991. The earliest material is primarily for the adult titles Margot Tomes illustrated. The collection includes illustrations done in a variety of media, many with separations and/or overlays, miscellaneous overlays and separations, studies, dummies, paste-ups, proofs, layouts, and photocopies. There is also production material for stories Margot Tomes illustrated that appeared in various issues of Cricket magazine; these are listed under the entry for Cricket. The collection also contains some miscellaneous art work for un-published and/or unidentified titles, some clippings showing designs for fabric, and a very small amount of correspondence.

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.
  • Tomes, Margot
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
And Then What Happened, Paul Reviere? 1973 
Note  1973
Box Mc 716
ink and tempera illustrations on 9 boards (18 p.)  Box Mc 716
 
Anna, Grandpa, and the Big Storm 1982 
Note  1982
Box MC 715
color illustration for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 715
 
ink illustration with overlay for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 715
 
ink illustration on 2 boards (3 p.)  Box MC 715
 
Art of Creole Cookery, The 1962 
Note  1962
Box MC 725
jacket proofs (5 p.)  Box MC 725
 
sheets illustration proof (4 p.)  Box MC 725
 
Becky and the Bear 1975 
Note  1975
Box MC 709
pen and ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 709
 
Birthday Poems 1989 
Note  1989
Box MC 710
ink, pencil and tempera illustration with 2 separations for half title (1 p.)  Box MC 710
 
ink, pencil and tempera illustration with 2 separations for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 710
 
ink, pencil and tempera illustrations with 24 [total] on boards (23 p.)  Box MC 710
 
Brave Balloon of Benjamin Buckley, The 1963 
Note  1963
Box MC 712
ink illustration for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 712
 
ink illustrations (18 p.)  Box MC 712
 
By George, Bloomers 1976 
Note  1976
Box MC 712
color study for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 712
 
ink illustrations (1 p.)  Box MC 712
 
Cecelia and the Blue Mountain Boy 1983 
Note  1983
Box MC 712
ink illustrations on 16 boards (19 p.)  Box MC 712
 
Chimney Sweeps 1982 
Note  1982
Box MC 716
ink illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC 716
 
Clever Gretchen and Other Forgotten Folktales 1980 
Note  1980
Box MC 706
ink illustrations (6 p.)  Box MC 706
 
Crazy Quilt Cookery 1964 
Note  1964
Box MC 706
ink illustrations on 14 boards (17 p. )  Box MC 706
 
paste-ups on 1 board (4 p.)  Box MC 706
 
Everyone is Good for Something 1980 
Note  1980
Box MC 709
pen and ink illustrations with 80 separations [total] on 15 boards (24 p.)  Box MC 709
 
rough draft dummy, photocopy (1 p.)  Box MC 709
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MC 709
 
Everything Under a Mushroom 1973 
Note  1973
Box MC 717
ink illustrations on 2 boards (4 p.)  Box MC 717
 
ink illustrations with 1 separation on 1 board (2 p.)  Box MC 717
 
Fisherman and His Wife, The 1988 
Note  1988
Box MC 725
ink, pencil and tempera illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
ink, pencil and tempera illustration for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
ink, pencil and tempera illustrations [double-page spreads] (7 p.)  Box MC 725
 
Five Children and a Dog 1965 
Note  1965
Box MC 706
ink illustration with text paste-up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 706
 
watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC 706
 
ink illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC 706
 
Garlanda 1980 
Note  1980
Box MC 711
ink illustrations on 38 boards (49 p.)  Box MC 711
 
proofs with dust jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 711
 
partial proof (1 p.)  Box MC 711
 
proof (1 p.)  Box MC 711
 
ink illustration with 1 overlay and 1 illustration with 6 overlays (1 p.)  Box MC 711
 
Giant Poems 1978 
Note  1978
Box MC 720
ink illustration with 2 separations for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 720
 
text proof paste-up for half-title (1 p.)  Box MC 720
 
ink illustrations with text proof paste-ups on 10 boards (19 p.)  Box MC 720
 
Halloween Pumpkin Smasher, The 1978 
Note  1978
Box MC 719
ink and tempera illustration with 4 overlays (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
text proof overlay (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
separation for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
photostat for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
text proof paste-up for flaps of dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
text proof paste-up for half title page (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
layout note for endpaper andhalf title (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
ink illustration with 3 overlays for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
photocopy of illustrations and text proof paste-ups for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
separation for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
text proof paste-up for verso of title page and dedication page (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
layout notes for verso of title page and dedication page (1 p.)  Box MC 719
 
ink and tempera illustrations with text proof paste-ups and 44 overlays [total] on 18 boards (37 p.)  Box MC 719
 
photocopies of illustrations with text proof paste-ups on 7 pages (13 p.)  Box MC 719
 
separations of illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC 719
 
I Saw Three Ships 1969 
Note  1969
Box MC 712
study for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 712
 
ink illustration for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 712
 
ink illustrations on 18 boards (23 p.)  Box MC 712
 
If There Were Dreams To Sell 1984 
Note  1984
Box MC 724
ink and tempera illustrations [double-spreads] (2 p.)  Box MC 724
 
pencil or pencil and ink illustrations with 36 separations on 15 boards (11 p.)  Box MC 724
 
Jack and The Wonder Beans 1977 
Note  1977
Box MC 713
pen and ink illustrations with 36 separations on 15 boards (25 p.)  Box MC 713
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MC 713
 
Joe and the Talking Christmas Tree 1968 
Note  1968
Box MC 714
ink illustration with 3 separations and 1 overlay for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
color illustration for proof of dust jacket cover (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
illustration proof with text paste-up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
illustrations on 8 boards (10 p.)  Box MC 714
 
Kill with Kindness 1962 
Note  1962
Box MC 725
tempera illustration with 2 separations on 1 overlay with text proof paste-up (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
ink and tempera study (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
King George's Head Was Made of Lead 1974 
Note  1974
Box MC 710
ink illustration for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 710
 
proof (47 p.)  Box MC 710
 
dedication page (1 p.)  Box MC 710
 
verso of title page and 1 page for contents on 1 board (1 p.)  Box MC 710
 
ink illustrations with 28 overlays [total] on 14 boards (24 p.)  Box MC 710
 
Land of Forgotten Beasts, The 1964 
Note  1964
Box MC 715
ink illustration with 3 color separations (1 p.)  Box MC 715
 
ink illustration for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 715
 
ink illustrations on 19 boards (24 p.)  Box MC 715
 
Landslide 1963 
Note  1963
Box MC 706
variation study for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 706
 
Lap-Time Song and Play Book, The 1989 
Note  1989
Box MC 725
ink and tempera illustration for jacekt (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
ink and tempera illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC 725
 
sheets pencil studies (12 p.)  Box MC 725
 
Little Sister and the Month Brothers 1976 
Note  1976
Box MC 722
ink and tempera illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 722
 
boards with ink and tempera illustrations wtih varying numbers of separations and text proof paste-ups (22 p.)  Box MC 722
 
sheet text proof paste-up for half-title page (1 p.)  Box MC 722
 
sheet illustrations and text proof paste-up page (1 p.)  Box MC 722
 
ink and tempera studies for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 722
 
ink and tempera studies with type-written text (3 p.)  Box MC 722
 
tempera study (1 p.)  Box MC 722
 
ink studies (2 p.)  Box MC 722
 
sheet text proof paste-up for half-title page (1 p.)  Box MC 722
 
sheet illustration and text proof paste-up for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 722
 
Lysbet and the Fire Kittens 1973 
Note  1973
Box MC 710
ink illustration for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 710
 
ink illustration with 4 overlays for dust jacket [variation] (1 p.)  Box MC 710
 
ink illustration with 10 overlays [total] and 8 ink illustrations on 8 boards (8 p.)  Box MC 710
 
Mysterious Girl in the Garden, The 1981 
Note  1981
Box MC 717
color illustration for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 717
 
ink illustrations on 9 boards (17 p.)  Box MC 717
 
New Year's Poems 1987 
Note  1987
Box MC 725
dummy, photocopied (29 p.)  Box MC 725
 
ink, pencil and tempera illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
ink, pencil and tempera illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC 725
 
pencil study for frontispiece (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
pencil study for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
pencil studies (14 p.)  Box MC 725
 
One, Two, Three and Many 1970 
Note  1970
Box MC 709
pen and ink illustrationson 5 boards (8 p.)  Box MC 709
 
Phoebe and the General 1977 
Note  1977
Box MC 707
pen, ink and acrylic illustrations with 47 separations [total] (34 p.)  Box MC 707
 
dust jacket with 5 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 707
 
ink, pen and acrylic dust jacket sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 707
 
paste-up [not used] (1 p.)  Box MC 707
 
Plenty for Three 1971 
Note  1971
Box MC 714
ink illustration for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
Pot Full of Luck 1982 
Note  1982
Box MC 718
ink and tempera illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 718
 
ink and tempera illustration with 4 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 718
 
photocopy of illustrations with text proof paste-up and layout notes for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 718
 
sheet photocopy of illustrations for p. 32 with text paste-up for half-title (1 p.)  Box MC 718
 
sheet text proof paste-up for pp. 30-31 (1 p.)  Box MC 718
 
sheet text proof paste-up for verso of title page (1 p.)  Box MC 718
 
text proof paste-up for jacket flaps (1 p.)  Box MC 718
 
photocopy of illustration with text proof paste-up for dedication page (1 p.)  Box MC 718
 
ink and tempera illustrations with 8 separations [total] for title page (2 p.)  Box MC 718
 
ink and tempera illustrations with 87 separations [total] on 13 boards (25 p.)  Box MC 718
 
Prize Performance 1977 
Note  1977
Box MC 721
ink and tempera illustration with 4 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 721
 
ink and tempera illustration with 3 separations and text proof paste-up for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 721
 
ink, pencil and tempera illustrations with 78 separations [total]on 20 boards (40 p.)  Box MC 721
 
Rome and a Villa 1956 
Note  1956
Box MC 725
ink illustration with 1 loose paste-up and with 1 separation and 1 overlay with text proof paste-up (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
proof (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
Sara Crewe; or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's 1981 
Note  1981
Box MC 705
pen and ink illustration (2 p.)  Box MC 705
 
Secret House, A 1970 
Note  1970
Box MC 713
pen and ink illustrations on 1 board (2 p.)  Box MC 713
 
Shadow Maker, The 1987 
Note  1987
Box MC 714
long dummy (77 p.)  Box MC 714
 
dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
color an ink illustration for dust jacket [front] (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
ink illustration for dust jacket [back] (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
ink and pen illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
color, ink and pen illustrations (12 p.)  Box MC 714
 
color and ink illustration [not used] (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
proof (1 p.)  Box MC 714
 
Size, Distance, Weight 1968 
Note  1968
Box MC 706
black and white illustrations on 6 boards (15 p.)  Box MC 706
 
Snowy Day: Stories and Poems 1986 
Note  1986
Box MC 707
pen and ink illustrations on 21 sheets (35 p.)  Box MC 707
 
pen and ink illustration [not used in book] (1 p.)  Box MC 707
 
Soup Bone 1990 
Note  1990
Box MC 725
ink and tempera illustration for dedication page (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
ink and tempera illustrations with 1 separation on 7 sheets (14 p.)  Box MC 725
 
Stone Soup 1991 
Note  1991
Box MC 716
color illustrations on 15 sheets (33 p.)  Box MC 716
 
pencil studies on 12 sheets (28 p.)  Box MC 716
 
color illustration with 1 overlay for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 716
 
color illustrations for the layout of verso, title page, and dedication page (2 p.)  Box MC 716
 
Tattercoats 1989 
Note  1989
Box MC 713
ink and acrylic illustrations on 9 sheets (15 p.)  Box MC 713
 
Teeny Tiny Witches, The 1979 
Note  1979
Box MC 720
ink and tempera illustration with 4 separations and text proof paste-ups for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 720
 
text proof paste-up for half-title (1 p.)  Box MC 720
 
text proof paste-up for verso title page (1 p.)  Box MC 720
 
text proof paste-up for dedication page (1 p.)  Box MC 720
 
ink illustrations with text proof paste-ups on 8 boards (16 p.)  Box MC 720
 
ink and tempera illustrations with 43 separations [total] and text proof paste-ups on 11 boards (20p.)  Box MC 720
 
miscellaneous board with color samples (1 p.)  Box MC 720
 
This Time Tempe Wick? 1974 
Note  1974
Box MC 716
ink illustrations some with text paste-ups on 6 boards (11 p.)  Box MC 716
 
ink illustrations with 19 overlays and some with text paste-ups on 5 boards (9 p.)  Box MC 716
 
Those Foolish Molboes 1977 
Note  1977
Box MC 705
color illustration for jacket [not from book] (1 p.)  Box MC 705
 
Turtle and Snail 1979 
Note  1979
Box MC 717
ink and tempera illustration for contents page (1 p.)  Box MC 717
 
proof (1 p.)  Box MC 717
 
ink and tempera illustrations with 41 separations [total] on 13 boards (22 p.)  Box MC 717
 
Wanda Gag's The Earth Gnome 1985 
Note  1985
Box MC 717
ink illustrations on 9 boards (12 p.)  Box MC 717
 
color illustrations on 7 boards (11 p.)  Box MC 717
 
Wanda Gag's Jorinda and Joringel 1978 
Note  1978
Box MC 721
gouache and ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 721
 
gouache and ink illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC 721
 
ink illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC 721
 
paste-up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 721
 
paste-up (16 p.)  Box MC 721
 
Wanda Gag's The Six Swans 1982 
Note  1982
Box MC 705
pen and ink illustrations on 14 boards (24 p.)  Box MC 705
 
Wanda Gag's The Sorcerer's Apprentice 1979 
Note  1979
Box MC 715
black and white illustrations for half-title (2 p.)  Box MC 715
 
color illustrations for title page on 1 board (2 p.)  Box MC 715
 
ink illustrations on 3 boards (4 p.)  Box MC 715
 
dedication page (1 p.)  Box MC 715
 
color illustrations with 1 overlay for title page on 1 board (2 p.)  Box MC 715
 
color illustrations some with text proofs paste-ups on 6 boards (9 p.)  Box MC 715
 
black and white illustrations some with text proof paste-ups on 7 boards (11 p.)  Box MC 715
 
What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? 1976 
Note  1976
Box MC 713
ink, pencil and tempera illustration with 4 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 713
 
ink and tempera illustrations with 4 separations (4 p.)  Box MC 713
 
ink, pencil and tempera illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 713
 
ink and tempera illustration wtih 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 713
 
ink, pencil and tempera illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box MC 713
 
ink illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 713
 
ink illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC 713
 
paste-ups (4 p.)  Box MC 713
 
Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus? 1980 
Note  1980
Box MC 707
pen, ink and acrylic illustrations with paste-ups (2 p.)  Box MC 707
 
spearations (3 p.)  Box MC 707
 
ink, pen and acrylic dust jacket illustration wtih 5 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 707
 
Wild Cherry Tree Road 1951 
Note  1951
Box MC 725
tempera illustration wtih 1 separation and 1 overlay with text proof paste-up (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
Witch Hazel 1991 
Note  1991
Box MC 725
ink and tempera illustration for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 725
 
double-paged illustration with text proof paste-up (11 p.)  Box MC 725
 
pencil dummy with holograph and photocopied text (13 p.)  Box MC 725
 
Witch's Hat 1984 
Note  1984
Box MC 724
ink illustration with 3 separations for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 724
 
ink illustrations with 3 separations (6 p.)  Box MC 724
 
ink illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 724
 
pencil studies with typescript paste-up on 9 boards (18 p.)  Box MC 724
 
Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?  
Box MC 540a
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 540a