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Witold T. Mars Papers

Summary Information
Title: Witold T. Mars Papers
Dates: 1957-1989
Creator: Mars, Witold T.
Extent: 23 linear feet (14 boxes)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-87
Abstract:
This collection consists of illustrations, proofs, prints, and other materials related to the creation of the titles listed. This collection also includes some correspondence related to some titles, as well as designs for Christmas cards, advertising and commercial art, and other artistic endeavors.

Repository: University of Minnesota. Children's Literature Research Collections.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Molon, Henry

Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Copyright:

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Witold T. Mars Papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

The Witold T. Mars Papers collection is arranged alphabetically by publication title.


Biographical Sketch of Witold T. Mars

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 Wolrd War II, 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

This collection consists of illustrations, proofs, prints, and other materials related to the creation of the titles listed. This collection also includes some correspondence related to some titles, as well as designs for Christmas cards, advertising and commercial art, and other artistic endeavors.

Subject Terms
INDEX TERMS
  • This 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.
  • Robots -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Families -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Robots -- Fiction.
  • Orphans -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Benson, John Ben, -- 1913-1972 -- Juvenile literature.
  • Flags -- Alaska -- Juvenile literature.
  • Prehistoric peoples -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Dogs -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Prehistoric animals -- Fiction.
  • Primitive societies -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Australia -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Aboriginal Australians -- Fiction.
  • Indians of North America -- Juvenile fiction.
  • United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1754-1763 -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Montréal (Québec) -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Families -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Floods -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Katonah (N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Civilization, Medieval -- Juvenile literature.
  • Civilization, Medieval.
  • Limulus polyphemus -- Life cycles -- Juvenile literature.
  • Horseshoe crabs.
  • Rocky Mountains -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Fire lookouts -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Kids (Goats) -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Antelopes -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Forest animals -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Antelopes.
  • Tales -- Vietnam.
  • Folklore -- Vietnam.
  • Fairy tales.
  • Stamp collecting.
  • Adventure stories -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Slavery -- Fiction.
  • Baltic States -- History -- 17th century -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Turtles -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Turtles.
  • Cities and towns -- Juvenile literature.
  • Cities and towns -- History.
  • Civilization.
  • Joan, -- of Arc, Saint, -- 1412-1431 -- Juvenile literature.
  • Joan, -- of Arc, Saint, -- 1412-1431.
  • Caesar, Julius -- Juvenile literature.
  • Caesar, Julius.
  • Rome -- History -- Republic, 265-30 B.C.
  • Feudalism.
  • Middle Ages.
  • Toys -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Toys -- Fiction.
  • Toys.
  • Fairy godmothers -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Princesses -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Fathers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Ireland -- History -- To 1603 -- Fiction.
  • Odysseus (Greek mythology) -- Poetry.
  • Epic poetry, Greek -- Translations into English.
  • Mennonites -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Amish -- Fiction.
  • Boarding schools -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Hungary -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Boarding schools.
  • Teenage boys -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Sheep -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Sheep ranches -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Polynesians -- Juvenile literature.
  • Polynesians.
  • Soldiers -- Juvenile literature.
  • Armies -- History -- Juvenile literature.
  • Armies.
  • Northmen.
  • America -- Discovery and exploration -- Norse.
  • America -- Discovery and exploration.
  • Naval history.
  • Hannibal, -- 247 B.C.-182 B.C. -- Juvenile literature.
  • Hannibal, -- 247 B.C.-182 B.C.
  • Knights and knighthood -- Juvenile literature.
  • Armor -- Juvenile literature.
  • Armor.
  • Children's literature.
  • Peru -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Peru -- Fiction.
  • Jeep automobile -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Gardening -- Juvenile fiction.
  • Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Adventures of the Greek Heroes 1989  
Note  Mollie McLean
Box 5
Ink illustrations undated  Box 5
Note  26 items
 
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 5
Note  2 items
 
Book pages undated  Box 5
Note  37 items
 
Air Raid -- Pearl Harbor: The Story of December 7, 1941 1971  
Note  Theodore Taylor
Box 11
Acrylic and ink illustration undated  Box 11
Note  1 item
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 11
Note  23 items
 
Andy Buckram's Tin Men 1966  
Note  Carol Ryrie Brink
Box 11
Ink illustrations with notes undated  Box 11
Note  21 items
 
Ink and acrylic illustration undated  Box 11
Note  1 item
 
The Baby Dragon 1959  
Box 1
Ink and wash study undated  Box 1
Note  1 item
 
Beethoven 1957  
Note  Reba Paeff Mirsky
Box 6
Book pages 1957  Box 6
Note  6 items
 
Ink illustration undated  Box 6
Note  1 item
 
Benny's Flag 1960  
Note  Phyllis Krasilovsky
Box 3
Book jacket undated  Box 3
Note  1 item
 
Book jacket fragment undated  Box 3
Note  1 item
 
Bond of the Fire 1965  
Note  Anthony Fon Eisen
Box 1
Ink and wash illustrations undated  Box 1
Note  19 items
 
Boomerang Hunter 1960  
Note  Jim Kjelgaard
Box 1
Watercolor illustrations undated  Box 1
Note  2 items
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 1
Note  13 items
 
Calico Captive 1957  
Note  Elizabeth George Speare
Box 2
Ink illustrations undated  Box 2
Note  17 items
 
Cassie's Village 1965  
Note  Frances Riker Duncombe
Box 12
Pencil illustrations with notes undated  Box 12
Note  2 items
 
Castle, Abbey, and Town: How People Lived in the Middle Ages 1963  
Note  Irma Simonton Black
Box 11
Pencil illustrations on acetate undated  Box 11
Note  17 items
 
Tempera illustrations undated  Box 11
Note  4 items
 
Endpaper illustration in tempera undated  Box 11
Note  1 item
 
Jacket illustrations undated  Box 11
Note  1 item
 
The Chrisamat Tree 1970  
Note  Mary E. Laugese
Box 5
Correspondence 1970  Box 5
Note  1 item
 
Page proofs undated  Box 5
Note  15 items
 
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 5
Note  19 items
 
Circle of Seasons 1970  
Note  Ann Nolan Clark
Box 9
Ink illustration undated  Box 9
Note  1 item
 
The Crab from Yesterday: The Life-Cycle of a Horseshoe Crab 1970  
Note  John F Waters
Box 12
Ink and watercolor illustrations in black and white undated  Box 12
Note  7 items
 
Watercolor illustrations in color undated  Box 12
Note  10 items
 
Text clipping undated  Box 12
Note  1 item
 
Jacket undated  Box 12
Note  1 item
 
Pencil and watercolor illustrations with text paste-up undated  Box 12
Note  12 items
 
Desmond and the Dog Friday 1968  
Note  Herbert Best
Box 5
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 5
Note  13 items
 
Devil's Doorstep 1966  
Note  Marian Rumsey
Box 2
Jacket mockup with text overlay undated  Box 2
Note  1 item
 
Jacket layout with overlays and separations with notes undated  Box 2
Note  1 item
 
Watercolor illustrations undated  Box 2
Note  20 items
 
A Drink for Little Red Diker 1963  
Note  Jane Thayer
Box 13
Ink illustrations undated  Box 13
Note  15 items
 
The Enchanted Orchard and Other Folktales of Central America 1973  
Note  Dorothy Sharp Carter
Box 9
Cover mock-up with text and print overlay undated  Box 9
Note  4 items
 
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 9
Note  10 items
 
Photocopies of book pages undated  Box 9
Note  10 items
 
Photocopy of scratchboard illustrations undated  Box 9
Note  1 item
 
Scratchboard illustrations undated  Box 9
Note  11 items
 
Book pages 1973  Box 9
Note  47 items
 
Ink illustration undated  Box 9
Note  1 item
 
Correspondence 1973  Box 9
Note  1 item
 
The Fairy Tale Book 1977  
Note  Jane Staab
Box 8
Pencil sketches undated  Box 8
Note  12 items
 
Black and white illustrations undated  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Fairy Tales from Viet Nam 1968  
Note  Dorothy Lewis Robertson
Box 2
Ink and wash illustrations undated  Box 2
Note  18 items
 
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 2
Note  14 items
 
Color illustration undated  Box 2
Note  1 item
 
Page proofs undated  Box 2
Note  10 items
 
Fight in the Mountains 1966  
Note  Christian Bernhardsen
Box 6
Cover mock-up with overlay undated  Box 6
Note  1 item
 
Fun with Stamp Collecting 1957  
Note  Fred Reinfeld
Box 3
Cover mock up undated  Box 3
Note  1 item
 
The Gold Coin 1966  
Note  Reidar Brodtkorb and L W Kingsland
Box 3
Ink illustration undated  Box 3
Note  1 item
 
The Grange at High Force 1967  
Note  Philip Turner
Box 9
Cover mock-up with text overlay undated  Box 9
Note  8 items
 
Cover mock-up with print overlays undated  Box 9
Note  3 items
 
Cover font examples undated  Box 9
Note  1 item
 
Ink and watercolor illustration undated  Box 9
Note  1 item
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 9
Note  17 items
 
The Greatest Show on Earth undated  
Box 12
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 12
Note  2 items
 
A Handful of Thieves 1967  
Note  Nina Bawden
Box 9
Cover illustration undated  Box 9
Note  1 item
 
The Harvest Feast: Stories of Thanksgiving Yesterday and Today 1965  
Note  Wilhelmina Harper
Box 6
Ink illustrations undated  Box 6
Note  19 items
 
Homer Goes to Stratford 1958  
Note  Margaret Joyce Baker
Box 4
Ink illustrations undated  Box 4
Note  2 items
 
How the World's First Cities Began 1967  
Note  Arthur S Gregor
Box 3
Ink illustrations with text overlay undated  Box 3
Note  22 items
 
Book pages 1967  Box 3
Note  12 items
 
Joan of Arc 1961  
Note  Johanna Johnston
Box 12
Color print undated  Box 12
Note  1 item
 
Pencil illustration on acetate undated  Box 12
Note  1 item
 
Journey for Tobiyan 1966  
Note  Barbara E. Morgan
Box 7
Clippings from book 1966  Box 7
Note  9 items
 
Book pages 1966  Box 7
Note  15 items
 
Ink illustrations with proof notes undated  Box 7
Note  13 items
 
Julius Caesar 1968  
Note  Peter David
Box 4
Ink and watercolor illustration undated  Box 4
Note  1 item
 
Pencil illustration undated  Box 4
Note  10 items
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 4
Note  14 items
 
Cover mock-up undated  Box 4
Note  1 item
 
Black and white illustration undated  Box 4
Note  1 item
 
Kalu and the Wild Boar 1973  
Note  Peter Hallard
Box 6
Book pages 1973  Box 6
Note  8 items
 
Black and white illustrations undated  Box 6
Note  13 items
 
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 6
Note  13 items
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 6
Note  2 items
 
Kenny and the Highland Ghost 1980  
Note  William MacKellar
Box 6
Black and white illustrations undated  Box 6
Note  19 items
 
Kings, Bishops, Knights, and Pawns: Life in a Feudal Society 1963  
Note  Ralph Arnold
Box 12
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 12
Note  2 items
 
Last Queen of Hawaii: Liliuokalani 1963  
Note  Hazel Hutchins Wilson
Box 6
Ink illustrations undated  Box 6
Note  15 items
 
Little Murphy: A Tale for All Sorts of Children 1971  
Note  J H Dodgson
Box 4
Color illustrations undated  Box 4
Note  2 items
 
Pencil illustration undated  Box 4
Note  18 items
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 4
Note  29 items
 
Page layouts with illustration prints undated  Box 4
Note  3 items
 
Clipping of text undated  Box 4
Note  1 item
 
The Magic Fishbone undated  
Box 12
Print of illustrations undated  Box 12
Note  1 item
 
Magnificent Mutineers 1968  
Note  Earl Schenck Miers
Box 8
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 8
Note  6 items
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 8
Note  6 items
 
Book page undated  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Man and Beast 1970  
Note  Phyllis Bottome
Box 2
Ink illustrations with corrections and notes undated  Box 2
Note  6 items
 
The Man with Two Countries 1967  
Note  James Playsted Wood
Box 1
Text paste ups for title page undated  Box 1
Note  3 items
 
Watercolor test swatch undated  Box 1
Note  2 items
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 1
Note  19 items
 
Ink and watercolor study of cover undated  Box 1
Note  1 item
 
Ink cover mock up undated  Box 1
Note  1 item
 
Mounds, Towns and Totems: Indians of North America 1966  
Note  Robert Myron
Box 7
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 7
Note  8 items
 
Black and white illustrations undated  Box 7
Note  7 items
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 7
Note  27 items
 
Typescript undated  Box 7
Note  1 item
 
Correspondence 1970  Box 7
Note  1 item
 
Odyssey undated  
Box 4
Black and white print undated  Box 4
Note  1 item
 
Photocopies of artwork undated  Box 4
Note  20 items
 
Polish Eagle undated  
Box 7
Ink illustrations undated  Box 7
Note  28 items
 
Offset print overlay undated  Box 7
Note  32 items
 
Proud to Be Amish 1968  
Note  Mildred Jordan
Box 1
Ink illustrations undated  Box 1
Note  11 items
 
The Quetzal Feather 1967  
Note  Frances Riker Duncombe
Box 5
Book pages undated  Box 5
Note  12 items
 
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 5
Note  10 items
 
Ink illustration undated  Box 5
Note  1 item
 
The Richest Boy in the World 1959  
Note  Francis Kalnay
Box 3
Ink illustration undated  Box 3
Note  1 item
 
The Rumptydoolers 1964  
Note  Ester Wier
Box 2
Ink illustrations undated  Box 2
Note  3 items
 
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 2
Note  4 items
 
Photocopy of jacket proof undated  Box 2
Note  1 item
 
Cover sample undated  Box 2
Note  1 item
 
Jacket proofs undated  Box 2
Note  3 items
 
Running Out of Time 1980  
Note  Elizabeth Levy
Box 8
Ink illustrations undated  Box 8
Note  21 items
 
Correspondence 1981  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Color illustration undated  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Cover art with acetate overlay undated  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 8
Note  2 items
 
Saints undated  
Box 4
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 4
Note  9 items
 
Color cover illustration undated  Box 4
Note  1 item
 
Screwball 1963  
Note  Alberta Armer
Box 8
Ink illustrations undated  Box 8
Note  15 items
 
Cover illustration in ink and tempera undated  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Seafarers of the Pacific 1964  
Note  Douglas Newton
Box 3
Cover layout mock-up with notes undated  Box 3
Note  1 item
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 3
Note  20 items
Box 13
Color illustration undated  Box 13
Note  1 item
 
Soldiers and Armies: Men at War Through the Ages 1965  
Note  Ernest Edward Tucker
Box 1
Ink and watercolor illustration undated  Box 1
Note  1 item
 
Photocopies of book illustrations undated  Box 1
Note  2 items
 
Prints of illustrations undated  Box 1
Note  10 items
 
Ink and wash illustrations undated  Box 1
Note  5 items
 
Stories of the Norsemen 1959  
Note  Johanna Johnston
Box 12
Color illustrations undated  Box 12
Note  11 items
 
Pencil illustration on acetate undated  Box 12
Note  1 item
 
Ink illustration on acetate undated  Box 12
Note  1 item
 
Thanksgiving Day 1965  
Note  Robert Merrill Bartlett
Box 13
Color cover illustration undated  Box 13
Note  1 item
 
Black and white cover illustration undated  Box 13
Note  1 item
 
The Story of Fighting Ships 1963  
Note  Ernest Edward Tucker
Box 4
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 4
Note  4 items
 
The Story of Hannibal 1960  
Note  Johanna Johnston
Box 11
Ink illustrations undated  Box 11
Note  15 items
 
Watercolor, pencil, and casein illustration for jacket undated  Box 11
Note  1 item
 
Watercolor, pencil, and casein illustrations undated  Box 11
Note  2 items
 
The Story of Knights and Armor 1961  
Note  Ernest Edward Tucker
Box 11
Acrylic illustration undated  Box 11
Note  1 item
 
Susan's Secret 1957  
Note  Hildreth Tyler Wriston
Box 3
Ink illustrations undated  Box 3
Note  11 items
 
Unidentified Material undated  
Box 13
Black and white illustrations undated  Box 13
Note  6 items
 
Pencil illustration on acetate undated  Box 13
Note  1 item
 
Print transparency undated  Box 13
Note  1 item
 
Color illustrations undated  Box 13
Note  3 items
 
Pencil sketch undated  Box 13
Note  1 item
 
Pencil illustrations undated  Box 13
Note  15 items
 
Ink illustrations undated  Box 13
Note  29 items
 
A Very Small Miracle 1969  
Note  William MacKellar
Box 6
Ink illustrations undated  Box 6
Note  11 items
 
The Way of the Condor 1970  
Note  Nathan Kravetz
Box 2
Ink illustrations undated  Box 2
Note  12 items
 
The Year of the Jeep 1968  
Note  Keith Robertson
Box 3
Ink illustrations undated  Box 3
Note  4 items
 
Yellow Bone Ring 1971  
Note  Genevieve Gray
Box 8
Pencil illustrations on acetate undated  Box 8
Note  13 items
 
Color illustration undated  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Black and white illustration undated  Box 8
Note  1 item
 
Black and white illustration with print overlays undated  Box 8
Note  3 items
 
Artwork undated  
Box 10
Commercial art undated  Box 10
Note  8 items
 
Greeting card art undated  Box 10
Note  3 items
 
Cartoons undated  Box 10
Note  6 items
 
Bookplates on paper undated  Box 10
Note  1 item
 
Scratchboard illustrations undated  Box 10
Note  4 items
 
Cardstock illustrations undated  Box 10
Note  4 items
 
Book pages and clippings from various titles undated  Box 10
Note  50 items
 
Illustration prints undated  Box 10
Note  4 items
 
Color proof prints undated  Box 10
Note  22 items
 
Auction catalog, correspondence, mounted clipping, ink illustrations undated  Box 10
Note  6 items
 
Medieval sketches and illustrations undated  Box 10
Note  11 items
 
Three Musketeers illustration undated  Box 10
Note  1 item
Box 14
Christmas art undated  Box 14
Note  16 items
 
Unidentified sketches and illustrations undated  Box 14
Note  26 items