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Victor Mays Papers

Summary Information
Title: Victor Mays Papers
Dates: 1960-1981
Creator: Mays, Victor
Extent: 1.1 cubic ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-807
Abstract:
The Mays papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's and young adult books. The collection contains production material, consisting of illustrative material for 23 titles and includes illustrations done in a variety of media, some with separations, sketches, and studies done in a variety of media, illustrations done for maps, proofs, and book sketches.

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

Blow for Liberty, A, 1965

Captured by Mohawks, and Other Adventures of Radisson, 1960

Country of Broken Stone, 1980

Devil to Pay, 1973

Guns in the Heather, 1963

Home is Over the Mountains: The Journey of Five Black Children, 1972

Jacqueline Cochran: First Lady of Flight, 1973

Journey Behind the Wind, 1981

Kite that Won the Revolution, The, 1963

Meet George Washington, 1964

Meet the Men Who Sailed the Seas, 1966

Miscellaneous artwork, 1970-71

Moving West on 122: A Novel, 1970

No More Tomorrow, 1971

Operation Arctic, 1973

Phyllis Wheatley, America's First Black Poetess, 1971

Rachel Carson, Who Loved the Sea, 1973

Sojourner Truth, Fearless Crusader, 1972

Sound of Trumpets, A, 1966

Voyage Begun, The, 1981

When Men First Flew, 1969

When the City Stopped, 1978

Whitney Young, Jr., Crusader for Equality, 1972

Yankee Doodle Boy: A Young Soldier's Adventures in the American Revolution, 1964

No Way of Telling,


Biographical Sketch

Victor Mays (Lewis Victor Mays) was born July 2, 1927, in New York City. He began drawing as a child, and also developed a love of the sea. He served in the United States Naval Reserve on active duty in 1945, and remained in the Naval Reserve for many years. He attended Ohio State University and graduated from Yale University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1953 he wrote and illustrated his first book, Fast Iron , an adventure story set aboard a nineteenth century whaling ship, for young adults. He wrote two more books for young adults, Action Starboard (1956), and Dead Reckoning (1967), but it is as an illustrator of children's and young adult books that he has become best known. In 1954 he illustrated Eilis Dillon's San Sebastian , and throughout his long and prolific career he has illustrated books for such well known authors as Jean Lee Latham, Nancy Bond, Patricia Wrightson, and Stephen Meader. He has illustrated over eighty books, including many biographies of famous Americans. He won a Coretta Scott King award in 1970 for Martin Luther King, Jr., Man of Peace (1969). Both his writings and his illustrations are historically oriented with emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and have been praised for their attention to detail and accuracy.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vol. 5; Fourth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators , pp. 261-262


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material, consisting of illustrative material only, for 23 titles published between 1960-81. Illustrative materials includes illustrations done in a variety of media, including some with separations, sketches, and studies done in a variety of media, illustrations, mostly in ink, done for maps, proofs, and book jackets. The collection also contains some miscellaneous artwork consisting of pencil sketches done for some Basic Readers published by Open Court Publishing Company in 1970-71.

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.
  • Mays, Victor
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Blow for Liberty, A 1965 
Box MC375
ink illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC375
 
ink map illustration (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
Captured by Mohawks, and Other Adventures of Radisson 1960 
Box MC1277
tempera jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1277
 
pencil illustrations on acetate with 1 water color separation on illustration board (20 p.)  Box MC1277
 
ink and wash illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC1277
 
pencil illustration on acetate (1 p.)  Box MC1277
 
maps in ink on acetate each with 1 watercolor separation on illustration board (3 p.)  Box MC1277
 
Country of Broken Stone 1980 
Box MC375
watercolor jacket illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
sheets proof for jacket (8 p.)  Box MC375
 
pencil and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
Devil to Pay 1973 
Box MC375
watercolor jacket studies (2 p.)  Box MC375
 
Guns in the Heather 1963 
Box MC1077
scratchboard jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1077
 
Home is Over the Mountains: The Journey of Five Black Children 1972 
Box MC375
jacket pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
jacket watercolor studies (2 p.)  Box MC375
 
tempera studies with 1 separation (2 p.)  Box MC375
 
charcoal and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
pencil sketches (23 p.)  Box MC375
 
Jacqueline Cochran: First Lady of Flight 1973 
Box MC375
charcoal and watercolor studies (16 p.)  Box MC375
 
Journey Behind the Wind 1981 
Box MC375
watercolor jacket illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
photocopy of jacket illustration with 1 separation and text proof pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
book jacket (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
Kite that Won the Revolution, The 1963 
Note  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1963
Box MC375
ink illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC375
 
ink illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC375
 
Meet George Washington 1964 
Box MC1276
pencil illustrations on acetate, each with 1 separation in watercolor on illustration board (23 p.)  Box MC1276
 
map in pencil on acetate with 1 separation in watercolor on illustration board and 1 separation of lettering on acetate (1 p.)  Box MC1276
 
Meet the Men Who Sailed the Seas 1966 
Box MC1277
pencil illustrations on acetate, each with 1 separation in watercolor on illustration board (29 p.)  Box MC1277
 
map in ink on acetate with 1 separation in watercolor on illustration board (1 p.)  Box MC1277
 
Miscellaneous artwork 1970-71 
Note  Open Court Pub. Co., 1970-71
Box MC1077
pencil sketches on 13 sheets (15 p.)  Box MC1077
 
Moving West on 122: A Novel 1970 
Box MC375
pencil and colored pencil jacket studies cover sketches (2 p.)  Box MC375
 
No More Tomorrow 1971 
Box MC840
watercolor jacket studies (2 p.)  Box MC840
 
Operation Arctic 1973 
Box MC1077
ink and pencil jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1077
 
watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1077
 
Phyllis Wheatley, America's First Black Poetess 1971 
Box MC1277
ink and pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box MC1277
 
pencil sketches (4 p.)  Box MC1277
 
scratchboard sketches (2 p.)  Box MC1277
 
Rachel Carson, Who Loved the Sea 1973 
Box MC375
charcoal and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
charcoal and watercolor studies (12 p.)  Box MC375
 
Sojourner Truth, Fearless Crusader 1972 
Box MC375
pencil sketches (15 p.)  Box MC375
 
illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
Sound of Trumpets, A 1966 
Box MC1352
tempera jacket illustration with 2 separations on Bourges sheets (1 p.)  Box MC1352
 
illustration proof with text layout (1 p.)  Box MC1352
 
Voyage Begun, The 1981 
Box MC375
watercolor jacket illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
jacket study with 4 separations (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
book jacket (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
When Men First Flew 1969 
Box MC1077
pencil sketches (20 p.)  Box MC1077
 
When the City Stopped 1978 
Box MC375
watercolor jacket illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC375
 
jacket proof with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
book jacket (1 p.)  Box MC375
 
Whitney Young, Jr., Crusader for Equality 1972 
Box MC375
pencil studies (10 p.)  Box MC375
 
Yankee Doodle Boy: A Young Soldier's Adventures in the American Revolution 1964 
Box MC375
ink illustrations (12 p.)  Box MC375
 
maps in ink (5 p.)  Box MC375
 
No Way of Telling  
Box MC1619
ink jacket illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC1619
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC1619