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George Frederick Mason Papers

Summary Information
Title: George Frederick Mason Papers
Dates: 1943-1979
Creator: Mason, George Frederick
Extent: 54 folders--written; 37 boxes--illustrative
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-788
Abstract:
The collection contains illustrative materials in various media, typescripts, some corrected, front matter, correspondence, galley proofs, page proofs, pasteups, clippings, notes, and holographs.

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

Animal Homes, 1947

Animal Appetites, 1966

Animal Baggage, 1961

Animal Clothing, 1955

Animal Feet, 1979

Animal Habits, 1959

Animal Sounds, 1948

Animal Tails, 1958

Animal Teeth, 1965

Animal Tools, 1951

Animal Tracks, 1943

Animal Vision, 1968

Animal Weapons, 1949

Bats,

Bear Family, 1960

Bun, a Wild Rabbit, 1953

Chukchi, the 2nd Book,

Chukchi, Hunter, 1946

Deer Family, 1962

Dinosaurs, 1955

Gray Squirrel, 1954

Hill Manuscript,

Junior Natural History,

Little Red, the Fox, 1953

Long Horn, Leader of the Deer, 1953

Miscellaneous manuscripts,

Miscellaneous illustrations,

Moose Group, 1968

Shep, a Collie of the Old West, 1943

Persimmon Jim, the Possum, 1955

Striped Coat, the Skunk, 1954

Wildlife of Australia and New Zealand, 1967

Woody, the Wood Duck, 1953

Wildlife of North America, The, 1966

Wildlife of South America, The, 1966


Biographical Sketch

George Frederick Mason was born October 18, 1904, in Princeton, Mass. He worked as a political cartoonist for a newspaper; eventually he became associate curator of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He was also an author and illustrator, self-illustrating all of his books, which were on natural history topics, especially animals. Critics felt that his illustrations were as informative as his text.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol. 14


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection's written material includes corrected typescripts, correspondence, holographs, front matter, galley proofs, illustration proofs, corrected page proofs, jacket proofs, notes, clippings, and pencil studies. Illustrative material includes ink illustrations, some with typescript, white-out, text pasteup, or separations; illustration proofs, tempera illustration, a pasteup on acetate, a pencil trace of an ink illustration, ink and tempera illustrations, ink illustrations with pencil or colored pencil, publisher's dummies, pencil studies, proofs, watercolor illustrations, ink and chalk studies, and a silverprint book with corrections.

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.
  • Mason, George Frederick
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Animal Homes 1947 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1947
Box MC577
photocopy of ink illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC577
 
ink illustrations with typescript (17 p.)  Box MC577
 
ink illustration with white-out (1 p.)  Box MC577
 
ink illustrations with text pasteup (2 p.)  Box MC577
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MC577
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC577
 
typescript (1 p.)  Box MC577
Box MF2833
typescript, corrected (72 p.)  Box MF2833
 
Animal Appetites 1966 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1966
Box MF2835
typescript, corrected (62 p.)  Box MF2835
Box MC113b
ink illustration with text pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC113b
 
ink illustrations with text pasteups with overlay of pencil tracings (9 p.)  Box MC113b
 
ink cover illustration with 2 color separations (1 p.)  Box MC113b
 
ink cover illustration with text pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC113b
 
Animal Baggage 1961 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1961
Box MF2833
typescript, corrected (60 p.)  Box MF2833
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF2833
Box MC1070
watercolor jacket illustration with pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC1070
 
watercolor illustrations (25 p.)  Box MC1070
 
jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1070
 
Animal Clothing 1955 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1955
Box MC826
illustration proofs from publisher (7 p.)  Box MC826
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC826
 
tempera cover illustration (1 p.)  Box MC826
 
ink layout with text pasteup for cover (1 p.)  Box MC826
 
ink illustrations (29 p.)  Box MC826
Box MF2833
typescript, corrected (157 p.)  Box MF2833
 
Animal Feet 1979 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1979
Box MC393, 442, 356
typescript, with ink illustrations (31 p.)  Box MC393, 442, 356
 
ink illustration with typescript & white-out (3 p.)  Box MC393, 442, 356
Box MC393 442, 356
front matter (2 p.)  Box MC393 442, 356
Box MC393, 442, 356
ink illustration with front matter (1 p.)  Box MC393, 442, 356
 
reduced photocopy of ink illustration with typescript (1 p.)  Box MC393, 442, 356
Box MC 393, 442,356
pasteup on acetate (4 p.)  Box MC 393, 442,356
Box MC393, 442, 356
pencil trace of ink illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC393, 442, 356
 
ink illustrations (16 p.)  Box MC393, 442, 356
 
ink illustration with pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC393, 442, 356
Box MF2832
corrected holograph (1 p.)  Box MF2832
 
typescript, corrected (8 separate scripts) (54 p.)  Box MF2832
 
Animal Habits 1959 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1959
Box MF2853
typescript (38 p.)  Box MF2853
 
typescript, corrected (33 p.)  Box MF2853
 
front matter (12 p.)  Box MF2853
 
galley proofs (36 p.)  Box MF2853
 
corrected page proof (5 p.)  Box MF2853
 
illustration proofs (25 p.)  Box MF2853
 
pencil study (1 p.)  Box MF2853
Box MC526
text reproduction, pasted-up (1 p.)  Box MC526
 
ink and tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box MC526
 
overlays for illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC526
Box MC835
watercolor illustrations (22 p.)  Box MC835
 
Animal Sounds 1948 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1948
Box MF2833
typescript, corrected (103 p.)  Box MF2833
 
Animal Tails 1958 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1958
Box MC10
ink illustrations (24 p.)  Box MC10
 
jacket illustration with 1 separation with text pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC10
 
jacket illustration with 2 color separations (1 p.)  Box MC10
 
ink jacket illustration with text pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC10
Box MF2833
typescript, corrected (51 p.)  Box MF2833
 
Animal Teeth 1965 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1965
Box MC1614
corrected page proof (55 p.)  Box MC1614
 
illustration proof (6 p.)  Box MC1614
Box MF2836, 2832
typescript, corrected (50 p.)  Box MF2836, 2832
 
front matter (6 p.)  Box MF2836, 2832
 
galley proofs (86 p.)  Box MF2836, 2832
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MF2836, 2832
 
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF2836, 2832
 
Animal Tools 1951 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1951
Box MF2835
typescript, corrected (127 p.)  Box MF2835
 
front matter (8 p.)  Box MF2835
Box MC129B
ink illustrations (22 p.)  Box MC129B
 
tempera cover illustration with overlay with text pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC129B
 
Animal Tracks 1943 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1943
Box MF2833
typescript, corrected (106 p.)  Box MF2833
 
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF2833
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF2833
Box MC1112
ink illustration, pencil, typescript, text pasteup (19 p.)  Box MC1112
 
ink illustration, pencil (3 p.)  Box MC1112
 
ink illustration, pencil, typescript (19 p.)  Box MC1112
 
ink illustration, pencil, colored pencil, typescript (5 p.)  Box MC1112
 
ink illustration, pencil, colored pencil, typescript, text pasteup (3 p.)  Box MC1112
 
ink illustration, colored pencil, typescript (1 p.)  Box MC1112
 
ink illustration, white-out, typescript, text pasteup (2 p.)  Box MC1112
 
ink illustration, white-out, colored pencil, typescript (1 p.)  Box MC1112
 
ink illustration, colored pencil, white-out (2 p.)  Box MC1112
 
ink illustration, colored pencil, pencil (1 p.)  Box MC1112
 
ink illustration, typescript, pencil, white-out (1 p.)  Box MC1112
 
Animal Vision 1968 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1968
Box MF2832
publisher's dummy (96 p.)  Box MF2832
Box MC1103
pencil study (21 p.)  Box MC1103
 
front matter (4 p.)  Box MC1103
 
ink illustration, pencil, and separation (1 p.)  Box MC1103
 
ink illustration, white-out, typescript pasteup (22 p.)  Box MC1103
 
ink illustration, pencil, white-out (6 p.)  Box MC1103
 
Animal Weapons 1949 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1949
Box MF2832
typescript, corrected (44 p.)  Box MF2832
Box MC224, 222
ink illustration (6 p.)  Box MC224, 222
 
ink illustration with text pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC224, 222
 
typescript with ink illustration (10 p.)  Box MC224, 222
 
typescript with ink illustration, watercolor, white-out (1 p.)  Box MC224, 222
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MC224, 222
 
ink illustration with white-out and typescript (6 p.)  Box MC224, 222
Box MC224,222
ink illustration with colored pencil and typescript (2 p.)  Box MC224,222
 
Bats  
Box MF2835
holograph (25 p.)  Box MF2835
 
typescript, corrected (29 p.)  Box MF2835
 
page proof, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF2835
Box MC2835
illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC2835
 
notes (2 p.)  Box MC2835
 
Bear Family 1960 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1960
Box MF2833
typescript, corrected (62 p.)  Box MF2833
Box MC44
dummy with pencil studies and text pasteups (108 p.)  Box MC44
 
proof of title page (1 p.)  Box MC44
 
pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC44
 
samples of page layouts (2 p.)  Box MC44
 
proof of title (1 p.)  Box MC44
 
ink illustrations (29 p.)  Box MC44
 
Bun, a Wild Rabbit 1953 
Note  New York: Lippincott, 1953
Box MC10
ink illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC10
 
Chukchi, the 2nd Book  
Box MC 102
typescript notes (1 p.)  Box MC 102
Box MC102
ink illustrations (24 p.)  Box MC102
 
Chukchi, Hunter 1946 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1946
Box MC124
cover proofs (2 p.)  Box MC124
 
ink illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC124
 
note (1 p.)  Box MC124
 
pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC124
 
Deer Family 1962 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1962
Box MF2832
typescript (122 p.)  Box MF2832
 
typescript, corrected (179 p.)  Box MF2832
Box MC1107
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1107
Box MC837
pencil dummy with typescript (96 p.)  Box MC837
 
watercolor jacket illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC837
 
ink cover illustration (1 p.)  Box MC837
 
watercolor illustrations (39 p.)  Box MC837
 
jacket layout (1 p.)  Box MC837
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC837
 
dummy proof with notes and instructions (1 p.)  Box MC837
 
Dinosaurs 1955 
Note  New York: Coward-McCann, 1955
Box MC156a
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC156a
 
typescript with printed illustration (1 p.)  Box MC156a
 
ink, pencil illustration, typescript with separation (1 p.)  Box MC156a
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MC156a
 
ink and pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC156a
 
ink, colored pencil, pencil, typescript, white-out separation (1 p.)  Box MC156a
 
ink, colored pencil, with separation (2 p.)  Box MC156a
 
ink, colored pencil, typescript with separation (1 p.)  Box MC156a
 
ink illustration with colored pencil (1 p.)  Box MC156a
 
Gray Squirrel 1954 
Note  New York: Lippincott, 1954
Box MC1107
ink illustration (13 p.)  Box MC1107
 
ink illustration with colored pencil (2 p.)  Box MC1107
 
ink illustration with white-out (9 p.)  Box MC1107
 
front matter with colored pencil illustration, typescript, and paste-up (1 p.)  Box MC1107
 
front matter with typescript, tempera and ink (1 p.)  Box MC1107
 
photocopy of ink illustration (8 p.)  Box MC1107
 
photocopy of ink illustration with typescript (1 p.)  Box MC1107
 
Hill Manuscript  
Box MF2835, 2836
typescript and holograph, corrected (411 p.)  Box MF2835, 2836
 
typescript, corrected (311 p.)  Box MF2835, 2836
 
front matter (13 p.)  Box MF2835, 2836
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF2835, 2836
 
notes (7 p.)  Box MF2835, 2836
 
pencil study (2 p.)  Box MF2835, 2836
Box MC324b
ink illustration with white-out (11 p.)  Box MC324b
 
ink illustrations (11 p.)  Box MC324b
 
ink illustrations with overlay and colored pencil (5 p.)  Box MC324b
 
ink illustrations with overlay, colored pencil, and white-out (2 p.)  Box MC324b
 
photocopy of ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC324b
 
ink illustration with overlay and white-out (1 p.)  Box MC324b
 
Junior Natural History  
Box MF2835
page proof (80 p.)  Box MF2835
Box MC222, 857
proof (63 p.)  Box MC222, 857
 
cover proof (3 p.)  Box MC222, 857
 
pencil illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC222, 857
 
cover color proof (4 p.)  Box MC222, 857
 
ink illustrations (76 p.)  Box MC222, 857
 
ink and colored pencil illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC222, 857
 
ink illustration with overlay (1 p.)  Box MC222, 857
 
ink and tempera illustrations with overlay (3 p.)  Box MC222, 857
 
ink illustrations with pasteup (2 p.)  Box MC222, 857
 
Little Red, the Fox 1953 
Note  New York: Lippincott, 1953
Box MC117
ink illustrations (11 p.)  Box MC117
 
proof information (1 p.)  Box MC117
 
proofs of cover illustrations and overlays (5 p.)  Box MC117
 
illustration proofs (7 p.)  Box MC117
 
Long Horn, Leader of the Deer 1953 
Note  New York: Lippincott, 1953
Box MC261
ink illustration with white-out (7 p.)  Box MC261
 
ink illustration (8 p.)  Box MC261
 
ink illustration on acetate with text pasteup for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC261
 
study of Persimmon Jim and Long Horn (1 p.)  Box MC261
 
photocopy of ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC261
 
Miscellaneous manuscripts  
Box MF2835
typescript, corrected (29 p.)  Box MF2835
 
front matter (6 p.)  Box MF2835
 
clippings (1 p.)  Box MF2835
 
Miscellaneous illustrations  
Box MC133, 154
proofs of illustrations (43 p.)  Box MC133, 154
 
pamphlet of illustrations (16 p.)  Box MC133, 154
 
ink illustrations (37 p.)  Box MC133, 154
 
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC133, 154
 
pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC133, 154
 
ink illustration with overlay (1 p.)  Box MC133, 154
 
ink illustration with overlay with crayon (1 p.)  Box MC133, 154
 
ink and cut paper illustration (1 p.)  Box MC133, 154
 
color print (1 p.)  Box MC133, 154
 
Moose Group 1968 
Note  New York: Hastings House, 1968
Box MF2832
typescript, corrected (82 p.)  Box MF2832
 
typescript, corrected, photocopy (6 p.)  Box MF2832
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF2832
 
notes (2 p.)  Box MF2832
 
clippings (1 p.)  Box MF2832
Box MC130
photographs (4 p.)  Box MC130
 
layout notes in pencil (2 p.)  Box MC130
 
ink illustrations (23 p.)  Box MC130
 
Shep, a Collie of the Old West 1943 
Note  New York: Morrow, 1943
Box MC82b
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC82b
 
print of jacket cover (1 p.)  Box MC82b
 
Persimmon Jim, the Possum 1955 
Note  New York: Lippincott, 1955
Box MC252
ink illustration with white-out (7 p.)  Box MC252
 
ink illustration (12 p.)  Box MC252
 
ink illustration, colored pencil and separation (1 p.)  Box MC252
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MC252
 
photocopy of ink illustration (5 p.)  Box MC252
 
Striped Coat, the Skunk 1954 
Note  New York: Lippincott, 1954
Box MC124
ink and tempera cover illustration (1 p.)  Box MC124
 
illustration proofs (12 p.)  Box MC124
 
ink illustrations (17 p.)  Box MC124
 
ink, crayon and text pasteup cover illustration (1 p.)  Box MC124
 
ink illustration with color separation of cover (1 p.)  Box MC124
 
Wildlife of Australia and New Zealand 1967 
Note  New York: Hastings House, 1967
Box MC410
ink illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC410
 
ink illustration, white-out, and text pasteup (2 p.)  Box MC410
 
typescript with ink illustration (4 p.)  Box MC410
 
ink illustration with white-out (3 p.)  Box MC410
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MC410
 
ink illustration with separation (1 p.)  Box MC410
 
separation (1 p.)  Box MC410
 
typescript (5 p.)  Box MC410
 
clippings (1 p.)  Box MC410
 
ink, colored pencil illustration with paper pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC410
 
ink illustration with pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC410
 
Woody, the Wood Duck 1953 
Note  New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1953
Box MC82b
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC82b
 
Wildlife of North America, The 1966 
Note  New York: Hastings House, 1966
Box MC1358
ink jacket illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC1358
 
endpaper illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC1358
 
ink illustrations (25 p.)  Box MC1358
 
ink and chalk jacket studies (2 p.)  Box MC1358
 
silverprint of book with corrections (1 p.)  Box MC1358
 
publisher's pasteup materials (1 p.)  Box MC1358
 
maps (2 p.)  Box MC1358
 
diagram (1 p.)  Box MC1358
 
Wildlife of South America, The 1966 
Note  New York: Hastings House, 1966
Box MC S23
ink jacket illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC S23
 
ink illustrations (30 p.)  Box MC S23
 
watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC S23
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC S23