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Witold T. Mars Papers

Summary Information
Title: Witold T. Mars Papers
Dates: 1954-1977
Creator: Mars, Witold T.
Extent: circa 5.5 cubic feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-87
Abstract:
The Mars Papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's and adult books. The collection includes production materials for 35 titles as well as material for titles not verified as published, and miscellaneous unidentified art work and illustrative material. The collection contains illustrations done in a variety of media, particularly ink and pencil, studies, proofs, photocopies, clippings of illustrations from books, some advertising illustrations, and one piece of correspondence.

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.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Arrangement

Air Raid--Pear Harbor: The Story of December 7, 1941,

Andy Buckram's Tin Men,

Baby Dragon, The,

Benny's Flag,

Bond of the Fire,

Boomerang Hunter,

Calico Captive,

Cassie's Village,

Castle, Abbey, and Town: How People Lived in the Middle Ages,

Crab from Yesterday, The: the Life-Cycle of a Horseshoe Crab,

Devil's Doorstep,

Drink for Little Red Diker, A,

Fairy Tales from Viet Nam,

Fun with Stamp Collecting,

Gold Coin, The,

Greatest Show on Earth, The,

Homer Goes to Stratford,

How the World's First Cities Began,

Joan of Arc,

Julius Caesar,

Kings, Bishops, Knights, and Pawns: Life in a Feudal Society,

Little Murphy: A Tale for All Sorts of Children,

Magic Fishbone, The,

Man and Beast,

Man With Two Countries, The,

Odyssey,

Proud to Be Amish,

Richest Boy in the World, The,

Rumptydoolers, The,

Saints,

Seafarers of the Pacific,

Soldiers and Armies: Men at War Through the Ages,

Stories of the Norsemen,

Story of Fighting Ships, The,

Story of Hannibal, The,

Story of Knights and Armor, The,

Susan's Secret,

Unidentified material,

Way of the Condor, The,

Year of the Jeep, The,


Biographical Sketch

Witold Tadeusz Mars was born September 1, 1912, in Rzesna, Poland. His mother, Stefania, wrote children's books, and Mars illustrated one of her books when he was nine. He later studied in Krakow and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Mars worked as an artist and illustrator before the War, exhibiting his work in Poland and Sweden. During World War II he served with the Polish forces in England and France, occasionally finding time to draw and exhibit his work. Mars came to the U. S. in 1951, and began working as an illustrators for various magazines and book publishers. He illustrated his first book for children, Reba Mirsky's Thirty-One Brothers and Sisters , in 1952. Throughout his long career, Mars illustrated children's and young adult books on a wide variety of topics and in various media. He illustrated both fiction and non-fiction, many of the latter dealing with military and/or naval history and famous soldiers. He also illustrated a number of works of historical fiction, some humorous stories, and contemporary novels for children and young adults. Mars believed than an illustrator should vary his style to fit the book's subject so that the illustration becomes an integral part of the story, not just an example of the illustrator's trademark style. Mars also wrote one book for children, The Baby Dragon , that drew on his interest in dragons, a symbol of Poland, and its old cathedrals.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol. 3


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for 35 titles published between 1954-77, as well as material for titles not verified as published, and miscellaneous unidentified art work and illustrative material. It includes illustrations done in a variety of media including tempera, ink, pencil, watercolor, mixed-media, and drybrush. The collection also includes studies, proofs, photocopies, clippings of illustrations from books, some advertising illustrations, and 1 piece of correspondence.

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.
  • Mars, Witold T.
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Air Raid--Pear Harbor: The Story of December 7, 1941  
Box MC733
tempera jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC733
 
ink illustrations, some with text overlays (23 p.)  Box MC733
 
Andy Buckram's Tin Men  
Box MC1619
mixed-media jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1619
 
one-color title page (1 p.)  Box MC1619
 
one-color illustrations (20 p.)  Box MC1619
 
Baby Dragon, The  
Box MC1077
ink and wash study (1 p.)  Box MC1077
 
Benny's Flag  
Box MC728
pieces from dust jacket (2 p.)  Box MC728
 
Bond of the Fire  
Box MC1068
ink and wash drawings (20 p.)  Box MC1068
 
Boomerang Hunter  
Box MC1077
ink illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC1077
 
watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1077
 
Calico Captive  
Box MC1069
ink illustrations (17 p.)  Box MC1069
 
Cassie's Village  
Box MC729
pencil sketch for cover on board (1 p.)  Box MC729
 
pencil and crayon illustration on board (1 p.)  Box MC729
 
Castle, Abbey, and Town: How People Lived in the Middle Ages  
Box MC1477
pencil illustrations on acetate (17 p.)  Box MC1477
 
small tempera illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC1477
 
tempera endpaper illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1477
 
ink and wash jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1477
 
Crab from Yesterday, The: the Life-Cycle of a Horseshoe Crab  
Box MC728
watercolor and crayon jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC728
 
watercolor and crayon dust jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC728
 
watercolor and crayon illustrations (6 p.)  Box MC728
 
watercolor wash and crayon illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC728
 
watercolor and crayon illustration (1 p.)  Box MC728
 
watercolor and ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC728
 
book jacket (1 p.)  Box MC728
 
Devil's Doorstep  
Box MC1069
jacket illustration in drybrush watercolor with lettering on overlay and 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC1069
 
drybrush watercolor illustrations in black and white (20 p.)  Box MC1069
 
jacket study in pencil and drybrush watercolor (1 p.)  Box MC1069
 
Drink for Little Red Diker, A  
Box MC728
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC728
 
Fairy Tales from Viet Nam  
Box MC1069
ink and wash illustrations (18 p.)  Box MC1069
 
Fun with Stamp Collecting  
Box MC728
cover illustration on board (1 p.)  Box MC728
 
Gold Coin, The  
Box MC728
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC728
 
Greatest Show on Earth, The  
Box MC729
pencil illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC729
 
Homer Goes to Stratford  
Box MC729
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC729
 
How the World's First Cities Began  
Box MC733
pencil, ink and tempera illustrations, some with text layover (28 p.)  Box MC733
 
Joan of Arc  
Box MC170
watercolor illustrations (12 p.)  Box MC170
 
pencil illustrations (28 p.)  Box MC170
 
sheet proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC170
Box MC728
pencil illustrations on 1 piece of plastic (2 p.)  Box MC728
 
color proof (1 p.)  Box MC728
 
Julius Caesar  
Box MC733
pen and wash drawings (17 p.)  Box MC733
 
mixed-media illustration (1 p.)  Box MC733
 
pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC733
 
Kings, Bishops, Knights, and Pawns: Life in a Feudal Society  
Box MC729
pencil illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC729
 
Little Murphy: A Tale for All Sorts of Children  
Box MC732
pen and ink drawings (24 p.)  Box MC732
 
pencil drawing (1 p.)  Box MC732
 
color study (1 p.)  Box MC732
 
Magic Fishbone, The  
Box MC729
proof on board (1 p.)  Box MC729
 
Man and Beast  
Box MC1069
original black and white illustrations (6 p.)  Box MC1069
 
Man With Two Countries, The  
Box MC1060
ink jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1060
 
ink illustrations (19 p.)  Box MC1060
 
ink and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC1060
 
Odyssey  
Box MC732
photocopies of illustrations (21 p.)  Box MC732
 
Proud to Be Amish  
Box MC1060
ink illustrations (11 p.)  Box MC1060
 
Richest Boy in the World, The  
Box MC728
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC728
 
Rumptydoolers, The  
Box MC1069
jacket proofs (3 p.)  Box MC1069
 
photographic jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC1069
 
pencil illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC1069
 
drybrush illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC1069
 
cover sample (1 p.)  Box MC1069
 
Saints  
Box MC732
color illustration (1 p.)  Box MC732
 
pencil illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC732
 
Seafarers of the Pacific  
Box MC733
ink and wash drawings (20 p.)  Box MC733
 
mixed-media illustration (1 p.)  Box MC733
 
pasteup for cover (1 p.)  Box MC733
 
Soldiers and Armies: Men at War Through the Ages  
Box MC170
ink and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC170
 
ink and wash illustrations (11 p.)  Box MC170
Box MC733
proofs (10 p.)  Box MC733
 
photocopy (1 p.)  Box MC733
 
clipping from book (1 p.)  Box MC733
 
original colored dust jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC733
 
original black and white illustrations (5 p.)  Box MC733
 
Stories of the Norsemen  
Box MC732
original black and white illustration (1 p.)  Box MC732
 
original color illustrations on 1 mat (2 p.)  Box MC732
 
watercolor illustrations (10 p.)  Box MC732
 
ink illustration on plastic (1 p.)  Box MC732
 
Story of Fighting Ships, The  
Box MC1477
original pencil illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC1477
 
Story of Hannibal, The  
Box MC1477
ink illustrations (15 p.)  Box MC1477
 
jacket illustration in watercolor, pencil and casein (1 p.)  Box MC1477
 
watercolor, pencil and casein illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC1477
 
Story of Knights and Armor, The  
Box MC1619
original colored illustration (1 p.)  Box MC1619
 
Susan's Secret  
Box MC728
ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC728
 
Unidentified material  
Box MC729
ink and wash illustrations in black and white (13 p.)  Box MC729
 
ink and wash illustrations in color (4 p.)  Box MC729
 
pencil and ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC729
 
pencil and wash illustration (1 p.)  Box MC729
 
scratchboard illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC729
 
ink illustrations (55 p.)  Box MC729
Box MC732
ink illustrations with color (5 p.)  Box MC732
Box MC729
pencil illustrations (28 p.)  Box MC729
Box MC732
advertising illustrations (11 p.)  Box MC732
 
proofs (28 p.)  Box MC732
 
page of correspondence (1 p.)  Box MC732
Box MC729
illustrations cut from books, some with text (48 p.)  Box MC729
 
Way of the Condor, The  
Box MC1069
pen and wash drawings (13 p.)  Box MC1069
 
Year of the Jeep, The  
Box MC728
ink illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC728