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Lynd Ward Papers

Summary Information
Title: Lynd Ward Papers
Dates: 1930-1976
Creator: Ward, Lynd
Extent: 4.8 cu ft. (illustrations) and 0.9 linear ft. (manuscripts)
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-79
Abstract:
The collection includes illustrations in a variety of media, studies, sketches, dummies, prints, proofs, reproduced lithographs and an autobiographical note for twenty 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.

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

America's Abraham Lincoln, 1957

America's Ethan Allen, 1949

American Junior Red Cross News, 1956

Bloomsday for Maggie, 1976

Boys and Birds,

Brady, 1960

Correspondence to Vera D. Petersen from Lynd Ward and Family,

Fog Magic, 1943

Gaudenzia, Pride of the Palio, 1960

John Wesley, 1951

Johnny Tremain: A Novel for Old and Young, 1943

Journey Into America, 1943

Little Baptiste, 1954

Logo of the A.C.E.I. Project in the Arts, 1965

Miscellaneous Art,

Miscellaneous Articles,

Nic of the Woods, 1965

North Star Shining: A Pictorial History of the American Negro, 1947

PM. An Intimate Journal for Production Managers, Art Directors and their Associates,

Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz, 1939

The American Indian Story, 1963

The Biggest Bear, 1952

The Cat Who Went to Heaven, 1930

The Cat Who Went to Heaven, 1958

The Cat Who Went to Heaven, 1972

The Golden Flash, 1947

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, 1942

The Secret Journey of the Silver Reindeer, 1968

The Swiss Family Robinson, 1949


Biographical Sketch

Lynd Kendall Ward was born June 26, 1905, in Chicago, Illinois. He was educated at Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York and received his B.S. in 1926, and later studied art in Leipzig, Germany. He married May Yonge McNeer, the children's author and his frequent collaborator, and had two children. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Lynd Ward was well-known as a graphic artist and illustrator, illustrating his own works and others for adults and children. Lynd Ward began illustrating children's books in the 1920s. He was awarded a Caldecott Honor for America's Ethan Allen in 1950, and in 1953 won the Caldecott for The Biggest Bear , a story that drew on his love of nature and the outdoors and summers spent as a child in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Ward also illustrated the Newbery Award winner The Cat Who Went to Heaven , originally published in 1930, and did additional illustrations for subsequent editions, as well as illustrating other Newbery award and honor books, including Johnny Tremain . Lynd Ward was known for his woodcuts, but he worked in a variety of media, including ink, tempera, and watercolor. Lynd Ward died June 28, 1985, in Reston, Virginia.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for twenty titles published between 1930 and 1976. It includes illustrations done in tempera, ink, watercolor, some with separations, studies, sketches, dummies, proofs, including some progressive proofs, and lithographic prints, with some reproduced. For the title The Cat Who Went to Heaven there is production material for three different editions, and for The Biggest Bear , there is copy of the book bound in bearskin inscribed by Lynd Ward for Irvin Kerlan. There is also a small amount of correspondence both to and from Mr. Ward, May Yonge McNeer, and their daughter Nanda Ward, to and from Vera D. Petersen, illustrations for American Junior Red Cross News , some miscellaneous artwork done by Lynd Ward including a self-portrait done in 1930, some artwork done for the A.C.E.I. Project in the Arts (1965), and a copy of PM magazine's issue devoted to Mr. Ward, a print "Boy and Birds," inscribed for Irvin Kerlan, a three page autobiographical note, and a two page note on the writing of The Biggest Bear .

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.
  • Ward, Lynd
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
America's Abraham Lincoln 1957 
Note  : ,
Box MC 1296
tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
America's Ethan Allen 1949 
Box MC 1296
ink and pencil dummy with text proof (94 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
tempera illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
sheets illustration proof (2 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
progressive proofs (8 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
American Junior Red Cross News 1956 
Note  1956
Box MC 1296
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
color separations (2 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
Bloomsday for Maggie 1976 
Box MC 843
tempera study (1 p.)  Box MC 843
 
tempera illustrations (34 p.)  Box MC 843
 
Boys and Birds  
Box MC 79
print (1 p.)  Box MC 79
 
Brady 1960 
Box MC 844
tempera illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC 844
 
Correspondence to Vera D. Petersen from Lynd Ward and Family  
Box MF 820
rough draft letter, Vera D. Petersen to Lynd Ward (1 p.)  Box MF 820
 
letter, Nanda Ward [daughter of Lynd Ward] (1 p.)  Box MF 820
 
letter, May McNeer Ward [wife of Lynd Ward] (1 p.)  Box MF 820
 
letter (1 p.)  Box MF 820
 
letter (1 p.)  Box MF 820
 
Fog Magic 1943 
Note  : ,
Box MC 1296
ink illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
Gaudenzia, Pride of the Palio 1960 
Note  : ,
Box MC 844
tempera illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC 844
 
tempera illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC 844
Box MC D 54
oversize tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box MC D 54
 
John Wesley 1951 
Note  : ,
Box MC 843
sheets proof (13 p.)  Box MC 843
 
Johnny Tremain: A Novel for Old and Young 1943 
Note  : ,
Box MC 843
ink illustrations with 1 separation (3 p.)  Box MC 843
 
Journey Into America 1943 
Note  : ,
Box MC 1296
watercolor illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
Little Baptiste 1954 
Note  : ,
Box MC 1296
lithographic prints from stone of illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
page proofs with illustrations (1 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
Logo of the A.C.E.I. Project in the Arts 1965 
Note  : , 1965
Box MC 79
framed "roughs" ink illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC 79
 
completed scratchboards (2 p.)  Box MC 79
 
Miscellaneous Art  
Note  : ,
Box MC 843
woodcut, non illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 843
 
woodcuts, non illustration (4 p.)  Box MC 843
 
Miscellaneous Articles  
Note  : ,
Box MF 820
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF 820
 
typescript (2 p.)  Box MF 820
 
Nic of the Woods 1965 
Note  : ,
Box MC 98
tempera illustrations (5 p.)  Box MC 98
 
North Star Shining: A Pictorial History of the American Negro 1947 
Note  : ,
Box MC 843
reproduced lithographs (14 p.)  Box MC 843
 
PM. An Intimate Journal for Production Managers, Art Directors and their Associates  
Note  : ,
Box MC 843
copy of issue devoted to Lynd Ward (1 p.)  Box MC 843
 
Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz 1939 
Note  : ,
Box MC 843
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 843
 
ink illustrations (19 p.)  Box MC 843
 
The American Indian Story 1963 
Note  : ,
Box MC 844
sketches in pencil (22 p.)  Box MC 844
 
progressive color prints from stone (7 p.)  Box MC 844
 
lithographic prints (16 p.)  Box MC 844
 
press sheets (1 p.)  Box MC 844
 
watercolor sketches (2 p.)  Box MC 844
 
lithographic prints with watercolor added (24 p.)  Box MC 844
 
printer's proof sheet (1 p.)  Box MC 844
 
The Biggest Bear 1952 
Note  : ,
Box MC 1296
tempera study (1 p.)  Box MC 1296
Box MC 435
copy of book bound in bearskin (1 p.)  Box MC 435
 
The Cat Who Went to Heaven 1930 
Note  : , 1930
Box MC 79
ink illustrations (11 p.)  Box MC 79
 
The Cat Who Went to Heaven 1958 
Note  : , 1958
Box MC 79
casein illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC 79
 
ink illustrations (14 p.)  Box MC 79
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC 79
 
The Cat Who Went to Heaven 1972 
Note  : , 1972
Box MC 79
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 79
 
The Golden Flash 1947 
Note  : ,
Box MC 1296
tempera illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge 1942 
Note  : ,
Box MC 1296
watercolor dummy with typescript (50 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
ink illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box MC 1296
 
The Secret Journey of the Silver Reindeer 1968 
Note  : ,
Box MC 843
layouts with ink, pencil and watercolor studies (49 p.)  Box MC 843
Box MC 844
tempera illustrations (1 p.)  Box MC 844
 
The Swiss Family Robinson 1949 
Note  : ,
Box MC 844
tempera illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 844