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Kurt Wiese Papers

Summary Information
Title: Kurt Wiese Papers
Dates: 1931-1965
Creator: Wiese, Kurt
Extent: 867 items
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-80
Abstract:
Kurt Wiese's papers focus on his work as an author and illustrator or children's books, with an emphasis on the latter. The collection includes production material for forty-three titles published between 1933 and 1965. It includes illustrations done in a variety of media and many with separations, proofs, paste ups, studies and sketches, dummies, some miscellaneous art from as early as 1931, a typescript, and galley proofs.

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

Amat and the Water Buffalo,

Amos the Beagle with a Plan,

Buddy the Bear,

Children of the Blizzard,

The Collected Poems of Freddy the Pig,

Copydog in India,

The Cunning Turtle,

Daisy and Dobbin: Two Little Seahorses,

Daughter of the Mountains,

The Dog, the Fox, and the Fleas,

Early Old Testament Stories,

The Fables of Aesop,

The Ferryman,

Fish in the Air,

Freddy and Mr. Camphor,

Freddy and Simon the Dictator,

Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars,

Freddy and the Dragon,

Freddy the Magician,

Freddy and the Men from Mars,

Freddy and the Space Ship,

Freddy Plays Football

Freddy's Cousin Weedly

Happy Easter

Later Old Testament Stories,

Laughing Matter,

Li Lun, Lad of Course,

Limpy: Tale of a Monkey Hero,

Lions in the Barn,

Miscellaneous Art,

Ning's Pony,

Paddy's Christmas,

The Poetic Parrot,

Rabbit Bros. Circus: One Night Only,

The Rabbit's Revenge,

Rolling Show,

Silver from the Sea,

Snow for Christmas,

The Story about Ping,

Story Paradw,

Su-Mei's Golden Year,

The Thief in the Attic,

Three Sisters,

The Walking Hat,

You Can Write Chinese,

With Love and Irony,


Biographical Sketch

Kurt Wiese was born April 22, 1887 in Minden, Germany. In 1909, he went to China to work in the export trade, remaining there for several years and during World War I was interned by the British and Japanese as an enemy alien in Australia. It was during this period of imprisonment that Wiese began to draw and consider illustrating as a career, and at the War's end, he decided to leave the export business. Returning to Germany for several years, he left for Brazil in 1923 due to economic conditions. In Brazil, Wiese illustrated school and children's books. In 1927, he came to the United States, and began his long and prolific career as an illustrator and author of children's books. Wiese's first major success was his illustrations for Felix Salten's Bambi in 1929, and throughout his career illustrated many well-known author's works as well his own. Wiese received Caldecott Honor citations for You Can Write Chinese in 1946 and Fish in the Air in 1948. He also illustrated the Newbery Award winner Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze , as well as the Newbery Honor books Honk the Moose , Li Lun, Lad of Courage , and Daughter of the Mountains . For several of these works and many others, Wiese drew on his experiences in China and knowledge of the language, customs, and landscape. Wiese also illustrated Walter Rollin Brooks' popular "Freddy" series, that detailed the humorous experiences of Freddy the pig. Wiese worked in a variety of media but his two favorites were lithography and Chinese brushes. Kurt Wiese published his last work The Thief in the Attic in 1965, and died on May 27, 1974 in Idell, New Jersey.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for forty-three titles published between 1931 and 1965. It includes illustrations done in a variety of media and many with separations, studies, sketches, dummies, paste ups, proofs, layouts, and memoranda concerning illustration, photostats, color samples, and galley proofs for three titles written by Kurt Wiese, and typescript for The Thief in the Attic .

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.
  • Wiese, Kurt
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Amat and the Water Buffalo  
Note  : ,
Box MC 64
ink and pencil illustrations with 3 separations (12 p.)  Box MC 64
 
ink illustrations with 3 separations (2 p.)  Box MC 64
 
pencil illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
ink and pencil illustrations (12 p.)  Box MC 64
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 64
Box
separations (3 p.)  Box
 
Amos the Beagle with a Plan  
Note  : ,
Box MC 396
ink and pencil illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC 396
 
Buddy the Bear  
Note  : ,
Box MC 64
colored proof for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
colored lithographic proof (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
Children of the Blizzard  
Note  : ,
Box MC 396
ink and pencil illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC 396
 
The Collected Poems of Freddy the Pig  
Note  : ,
Box MC 847
ink illustrations with paste up text (79 p.)  Box MC 847
 
Copydog in India  
Note  : ,
Box MC 64
ink and pencil illustration with 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
ink and pencil illustration with 1 separation for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
ink and pencil illustrations (59 p.)  Box MC 64
 
paste up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
sheet proof for jacket and endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
The Cunning Turtle  
Note  : ,
Box MC 847
ink and watercolor dummy with text proof (32 p.)  Box MC 847
 
Daisy and Dobbin: Two Little Seahorses  
Note  : ,
Box MC 848
ink and zip-a-tone illustration with 1 separation for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
in illustrations with 2 separations (11 p.)  Box MC 848
 
ink illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC 848
 
paste up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
Daughter of the Mountains  
Note  : ,
Box MC 847
ink and watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 847
 
The Dog, the Fox, and the Fleas  
Note  : ,
Box MC 849
ink, pencil and watercolor dummy with holograph and proof (38 p.)  Box MC 849
 
typescript (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
ink and pencil illustrations with 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
ink and pencil illustrations with 2 separations (26 p.)  Box MC 849
 
ink illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
Early Old Testament Stories  
Note  : ,
Box MC 396
ink illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC 396
 
pastel study (1 p.)  Box MC 396
 
The Fables of Aesop  
Note  : ,
Box MC 847
ink illustrations (5 p.)  Box MC 847
 
ink sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 847
 
The Ferryman  
Note  : ,
Box MC 396
ink and pastel dummy with text proof and typescript (68 p.)  Box MC 396
 
mock-up book (1 p.)  Box MC 396
 
Fish in the Air  
Note  : ,
Box MC 80
ink and watercolor dummy with text proof [in sheets] (20 p.)  Box MC 80
 
pencil dumy with text proof (20 p.)  Box MC 80
 
ink illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
ink illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
ink and zip-a-tone illustrations with 3 separations (8 p.)  Box MC 80
 
ink illustrations with 3 separations (20 p.)  Box MC 80
 
sheet illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
miscellaneous separations (2 p.)  Box MC 80
 
Freddy and Mr. Camphor  
Note  : ,
Box MC 394
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 394
 
jacket print (1 p.)  Box MC 394
 
notes typed (3 p.)  Box MC 394
 
Freddy and Simon the Dictator  
Note  : ,
Box MC 847
ink illustrations (24 p.)  Box MC 847
 
Freddy and the Baseball Team from Mars  
Note  : ,
Box MC 396
ink illustration with 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 396
 
ink and pen illustrations (17 p.)  Box MC 396
 
paste up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 396
Box MC396
acrylic color separatoin (1 p.)  Box MC396
Box MC 396
cover proof separatoin, ink wash w. type (1 p.)  Box MC 396
 
Freddy and the Dragon  
Note  : ,
Box MC 396
ink illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 396
 
ink illustrations (27 p.)  Box MC 396
 
pen and ink illustrations (28 p.)  Box MC 396
 
Freddy the Magician  
Note  : ,
Box MC 396
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 396
 
pen and ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 396
 
Freddy and the Men from Mars  
Note  : ,
Box MC 396
ink and pen illustrations (21 p.)  Box MC 396
 
Freddy and the Space Ship  
Note  : ,
Box MC 396
ink illustrations (21 p.)  Box MC 396
 
Freddy Plays Football  
Note  : ,
Box MC 396
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 396
 
ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 396
 
ink illustrations (14 p.)  Box MC 396
 
ink sketch for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 396
 
Freddy's Cousin Weedly  
Note  : ,
Box MC 394
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 394
 
sketches to accompany typescript by Kurt Wiese about creating the first "Freddy" illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC 394
 
Happy Easter  
Note  : ,
Box MC 342
pencil illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 342
 
ink and pencil illustration wtih 3 separations for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 342
 
ink and pencil illustrations with 3 separations (30 p.)  Box MC 342
 
Later Old Testament Stories  
Note  : ,
Box MC 394
ink illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC 394
 
Laughing Matter  
Note  : ,
Box MC 847
ink illustration wtih 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 847
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 847
 
ink and tempera study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 847
 
ink and watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 847
 
Li Lun, Lad of Course  
Note  : ,
Box MC 848
ink and pencil illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
ink and pencil illustrations (30 p.)  Box MC 848
 
Limpy: Tale of a Monkey Hero  
Note  : ,
Box MC 848
ink and pencil illustration with 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
ink and pencil illustrations (34 p)  Box MC 848
 
ink and pencil sketches (2 p.)  Box MC 848
 
photostat of jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
negative photostat of jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
sheet color samples (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
Lions in the Barn  
Note  : ,
Box MC 394
ink illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC 394
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC 394
 
Miscellaneous Art  
Note  : ,
Box MC 848
sheet (ink calligraphy) not illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
lithograph, not illustratoin (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
pastel sketch, not illustration, from sketch book (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
pastel sketch, not illustration, from sketch book (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
tempera study, not illustration, from sketch book (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
Ning's Pony  
Note  : ,
Box MC 847
ink and pencil illustrations (12 p.)  Box MC 847
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 847
 
ink, pencil and watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 847
 
Paddy's Christmas  
Note  : ,
Box MC 394
ink illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC 394
 
The Poetic Parrot  
Note  : ,
Box MC 394
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 394
 
Rabbit Bros. Circus: One Night Only  
Note  : ,
Box MF 839
2 galley proof (cut up) with corrections (14 p.)  Box MF 839
Box MC 849
ink and pencil dummy with holograph (40 p.)  Box MC 849
 
ink and pencil illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
ink illustration with 1 separation for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
ink and pencil illustrations wtih 3 separations (19 p.)  Box MC 849
 
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
blueprint dummy (52 p.)  Box MC 849
 
proof dummy (52 p.)  Box MC 849
 
sheet text proof with 1 separation for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
sheet illustration proof with 1 separation for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
sheet text proof with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
sheet illustration proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
sheets text proof for jacket (8 p.)  Box MC 849
 
sheets text proof (5 p.)  Box MC 849
 
layout for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
memorandum (1 p.)  Box MC 849
 
The Rabbit's Revenge  
Note  : ,
Box MC 847
ink dummy with holograph (64 p.)  Box MC 847
 
ink illustrations (22 p.)  Box MC 847
 
Rolling Show  
Note  : ,
Box MC 394
ink illustrations (6 p.)  Box MC 394
 
Silver from the Sea  
Note  : ,
Box MC 80
ink, pastel, pencil and tempera dummy with text proof (49 p.)  Box MC 80
 
ink and pencil illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
ink and pencil illustration with 3 separation for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
pencil illustration with 3 separations for endpapers (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
ink and pencil illustrations with 3 separations (19 p.)  Box MC 80
 
ink illustrations with 3 separations (8 p.)  Box MC 80
 
pencil illustratoins with 3 separatoins (5 p.)  Box MC 80
 
paste up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
sheet text proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
negative of endpapers illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
layout (1 p.)  Box MC 80
 
sheets text proof [attached to illustration separations] (36 p.)  Box MC 80
 
memorandum (2 p.)  Box MC 80
 
Snow for Christmas  
Note  : ,
Box MC 93
crayon, ink and pencil dummy with text proof (32 p.)  Box MC 93
 
pencil illustrations wtih 2 separations (24 p.)  Box MC 93
 
pencil illustrations with 1 separation (5 p.)  Box MC 93
 
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 93
 
The Story about Ping  
Note  : ,
Box MF 839
galley proof (4 p.)  Box MF 839
 
ink and pencil illustration with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 839
 
ink and pencil illustrations with 3 separations (16 p.)  Box MF 839
 
ink illustrations with 3 separations (2 p.)  Box MF 839
 
chalk drawing (1 p.)  Box MF 839
 
Story Paradw  
Note  : ,
Box MC 848
watercolor wash and pencil illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC 848
 
dry brush illustrations in black and white (2 p.)  Box MC 848
 
Su-Mei's Golden Year  
Note  : ,
Box MC 848
ink illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC 848
 
The Thief in the Attic  
Note  : ,
Box MF 840
typescript, corrected (13 p.)  Box MF 840
 
galley proof (15 p.)  Box MF 840
Box MC 64
ink and pencil dummy with typescript (40 p.)  Box MC 64
 
ink and pencil illustration wtih 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
sheet illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
sheets text proof for jacket (3 p.)  Box MC 64
 
sheets proof for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 64
 
sheets text proof (3 p.)  Box MC 64
 
ink and pencil illustrations with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
ink an dpencil illustration with 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 64
 
Three Sisters  
Note  : ,
Box MC848
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC848
 
The Walking Hat  
Note  : ,
Box MC 848
crayon drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
You Can Write Chinese  
Note  : ,
Box MC 848
ink and watercolor illustrations for jacket [3rd printing March, 1960] (2 p.)  Box MC 848
 
pencil sketches (2 p.)  Box MC 848
 
separations for jacket (3 p.)  Box MC 848
 
sheet text proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 848
 
With Love and Irony  
Box MC 228
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 228