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James Flora Papers

Summary Information
Title: James Flora Papers
Dates: 1955-1982
Creator: Flora, James
Extent:
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-830
Abstract:
The collection contains original artwork for ten titles authored by James Flora plus 42 ink illustrations with one separation for Arthur Steckler's 101 More Words and How They Began . Also included is typescript and other material for five of the books written by Flora.

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

Charlie Yup and His Snip-Snap Boys, 1959

Day the Cow Sneezed, 1957

Fabulous Fireworks Family, 1955

Grandpa's Ghost Stories, 1978

Grandpa's Witched-Up Christmas, 1982

Joking Man, 1968

101 More Words and How They Began, 1980

Pishtosh, Bullwash and Wimple, 1972

Sherwood Walks Home, 1966

Stewed Goose, 1975

Wanda and the Bumbly Wizard, 1980


Biographical Sketch

James R. Flora was born January 25, 1914, in Bellefontaine, OH, and died in Rowayton, CT, on July 9, 1998. He was a magazine and album cover designer and illustrator, and author and illustrator of children's books. Known for his distinctive artwork, that combines elements of surrealism with cartoonish drawings, Flora is also recognized as one of the first artists to create illustrated covers for record albums. In 1939 Flora formed the Little Man Press with writer Robert Lowry, and together they published books and pamphlets till 1942. That year he began working as an art director and slaes promotion manager for Columbia Records. Eight years later he began his first children's book, The Fabulous Fireworks Family , after receiving encouragement from Margaret McElderry, juvenile editor at Harcourt Brace. It was published in 1955 and was an American Library Association Notable Book. Altogether he wrote and illustrated 17 books for children.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains original artwork for ten titles authored by James Flora between 1955 and 1982, plus 42 ink illustrations with one separation for Arthur Steckler's 101 More Words and How They Began . Also included is typescript and other printed material for five of the books written by Flora.

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.
  • Flora, James
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Charlie Yup and His Snip-Snap Boys 1959 
Note  New York: Harcourt Brace, 1959
Box M. C. 1516
Ink, pencil, and tempera study (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1516
 
Collages, ink and tempera studies (3 p.)  Box M. C. 1516
 
Tempera study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1516
 
Day the Cow Sneezed 1957 
Note  New York: Harcourt Brace, 1957
Box M. C. S 101
Ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink and pencil illustration with text proof and 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Set (3 separations for endpapers) (1 set)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink illustrations with text proof and 3 separations (2 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink illustration with text proof and 1 separation (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink illustrations with 1 separation (6 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink and pencil illustrations with 1 separation (4 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Set (4 separations) (1 set)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Sets (3 separations) (6 sets)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Pencil and tempera study (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Fabulous Fireworks Family 1955 
Note  New York: Harcourt Brace, 1955
Box M. C. S 101
Ink, pencil and tempera dummy with text proof (46 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink illustration with text proof and 6 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink illustration with 3 separations for endpapers (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink and pencil illustrations with 5 separations (8 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink and pencil illustrations with 4 separations (2 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink and pencil illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink and pencil illustrations with 1 separation (9 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Ink and tempera study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 101
 
Grandpa's Ghost Stories 1978 
Note  New York: Atheneum, 1978
Box M. C. 223
Black pencil illustration with 2 separations and proof text for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 223
 
Black pencil illustrations with 2 separations and proof text (23 p.)  Box M. C. 223
 
Felt pen and black pencil study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 223
 
Felt pen and black pencil studies (23 p.)  Box M. C. 223
 
Color separations for jacket (2 p.)  Box M. C. 223
 
2 proof dummies, corrected (16 p.)  Box M. C. 223
 
Page proof (36 p.)  Box M. C. 223
Box M. F. 318
Typescript, corrected (17 p.)  Box M. F. 318
 
Grandpa's Witched-Up Christmas 1982 
Note  New York: Atheneum, 1982
Box Box 136
1 press copy (32 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Book covers (3 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Negative of cover illustration (1 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Proof of book with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Proof of book (1 p.)  Box Box 136
Box M. F. 318a
Corrected typescript (12 p.)  Box M. F. 318a
 
Correspondence (1 p.)  Box M. F. 318a
 
Page proof (2 p.)  Box M. F. 318a
 
Page proof (2 p.)  Box M. F. 318a
 
Jacket flap proof (1 p.)  Box M. F. 318a
 
Notes (2 p.)  Box M. F. 318a
 
Joking Man 1968 
Note  New York : Harcourt Brace and World, 1968
Box M. F. 318
Corrected typescript (9 p.)  Box M. F. 318
Box M. C. 509
Pencil, tempera and watercolor dummy (32 p.)  Box M. C. 509
 
Ink and pencil illustration with text proof and 2 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 509
 
Ink illustration for cover (1 p.)  Box M. C. 509
 
Ink and pencil illustrations with text proof and 2 separtions (8 p.)  Box M. C. 509
 
Ink and pencil illustrations with text proof and 1 separations (8 p.)  Box M. C. 509
 
Ink and pencil illustration with 1 separtion (1 p.)  Box M. C. 509
 
Pencil, tempera and watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 509
 
101 More Words and How They Began 1980 
Note  Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980
Box M. C. 381
Ink illustrations with 1 separation (42 p.)  Box M. C. 381
 
Pishtosh, Bullwash and Wimple 1972 
Note  New York: Atheneum, 1972
Box Box 136
Tempera jacket study (1 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Ink and wash jacket illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Mixed-media studies (15 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Mixed-media illustrations with 2 separations (12 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Mixed-media illustrations with 1 separations (5 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Sherwood Walks Home 1966 
Note  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1966
Box Box 137
Tempera study for jacket (1 p.)  Box Box 137
 
Tempera illustrations with type position (17 p.)  Box Box 137
 
Mixed-media studies (3 p.)  Box Box 137
 
Stewed Goose 1975 
Note  New York: Atheneum, 1975
Box Box 136
Ink illustration for jacket with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Ink illustration for title page with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Ink illustration (1 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Ink and watercolor studies (18 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Ink illustrations with 2 separations and type position (8 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Ink illustrations with 3 separations and type position (6 p.)  Box Box 136
 
Ink illustrations with 4 separations and type position (2 p.)  Box Box 136
Box M. F. 318
Typescript (8 p.)  Box M. F. 318
 
Corrected typescript (8 p.)  Box M. F. 318
 
Copy for jacket spine (1 p.)  Box M. F. 318
 
Wanda and the Bumbly Wizard 1980 
Note  New York: Atheneum, 1980
Box Box 137
Mixed-media illustrations (17 p.)  Box Box 137
 
Mixed-media studies with type position (17 p.)  Box Box 137
 
Color separations (20 p.)  Box Box 137
Box M. F. 318a
Carbon typescript (12 p.)  Box M. F. 318a
 
Flap reproduction (1 p.)  Box M. F. 318a
 
Corrected galley proof (9 p.)  Box M. F. 318a