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Phoebe Erickson Papers

Summary Information
Title: Phoebe Erickson Papers
Dates: 1946-1965
Creator: Erickson, Phoebe
Extent:
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-89
Abstract:
Phoebe Erickson's papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's picture books. The collection contains production material for twenty-three titles published between 1946 and 1965, as well as illustrations for four titles published in four different volumes of Doubleday's The Best in Children's Books . The collection contains both manuscript and illustrative material and includes corrected typescripts and galley proofs, dummies, clippings, some correspondence, illustrations done in a variety of media (some with separations), sketches and studies, proofs, separations and a layout. There is also art work for an article published in Lore magazine, and some miscellaneous art work including designs for record covers, layouts, sketches, and a proof.

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

Baby Animal Friends, 1954

Baby Animal Stories, 1949

Bambi's Children, 1950

Black Beauty, 1949

Black Penny, 1946

Cattail House, 1949

Daniel 'Coon, 1954

Double or Nothing, 1958

Holiday Storybook, 1958

Just Follow Me, 1960

Lad and Other Sunnybank Dogs, 1959

Lassie Come Home, 1958

Little Peter Cottontail, 1956

Littlest Reindeer, 1946

Nature Almanac, 1949

Peter Rabbit, Henny Penny, and The City Mouse, 1947

Raggedy Man, 1959

Read-Aloud Nursery Tales, 1957

Sea Shells, 1953

Shire Colt, 1958

Shy Little Horse and Other Stories, 1947

Skaters,

Slip, The Story of a Little Fox, 1948

True Book of Animals of Small Pond, 1953

Ugly Duckling, 1946

Uncle Debunkel: Or, The Barely Believable Bear, 1964

Who's in the Mirror?, 1965

Wildwing, 1959

Black Penny, 1979

Lore [magazine], 1955

Miscellaneous Art,


Biographical Sketch

Phoebe Erickson was born November 23, 1907 in North Bay, Wisconsin. She grew up on a farm where the love of animals and nature would serve as inspirations for many of her illustrations and stories. Phoebe Erickson attended the Chicago Art Institute from 1931-1933 and studied at Columbia University in New York. She began writing and illustrating children's books in the 1940s, publishing Black Penny , a story of a young girl and a horse, in 1946. Phoebe Erickson also illustrated a number of other authors' work, including several of Thornton Burgess' animal stories for young children, Anna Sewell's classic Black Beauty and Felix Salten's Bambi's Children . Phoebe Erickson worked in a variety of media and her illustrations are noted for the accurate detail and loving depictions of animals and nature. While she wrote and illustrated primarily to entertain and interest young readers, Phoebe Erickson believed that her books conveyed a message that could be felt by children, such as the cruelty of steel traps evident in Daniel 'Coon , and that they could understand this best when the message isn't forced or blatant. Phoebe Erickson also believed that young readers want characters in books, especially the children, to be realistic not "goody-goodies" so they can identify with them and their problems. Her stories try to convey these beliefs along with her respect for nature and all life, and that caring for any creature demands responsibility and respect.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for twenty-three titles published between 1946 and 1965, as well as illustrative material for four titles published in four different volumes of Doubleday's The Best in Children's Books . The collection includes both manuscript and illustrative material, with an emphasis on the latter. The collection contains corrected typescripts and galley proofs, dummies, clippings, and some correspondence, illustrations done in a variety of media (some with separations), sketches, studies, proofs, separations, and a layout. There is also some miscellaneous art work, including some done for an article in Lore magazine, designs for record covers, and layouts, sketches, and a proof.

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.
  • Erickson, Phoebe
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Baby Animal Friends 1954 
Box M. C. 1499
Watercolor illustrations (5 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Baby Animal Stories 1949 
Box M. C. 1499
Ink illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Watercolor illustrations (2 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Proof (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Bambi's Children 1950 
Box M. C. 1499
Pencil illustrations (19 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Watercolor illustrations (9 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Watercolor study (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Black Beauty 1949 
Box M. C. 1495
Ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box M. C. 1495
Box M.C. 1495
Illustration proof (2 sheets)  Box M.C. 1495
Box M. C. 1495
Black & white pencil & watercolor illustrations (13 p.)  Box M. C. 1495
 
Scratchboard illustrations (15 p.)  Box M. C. 1495
 
Black Penny 1946 
Box M. F. 1480
Typescript, corrected (176 p.)  Box M. F. 1480
 
Galley proof (48 p.)  Box M. F. 1480
Box M. C. 1496
Watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Pencil sketch for cover (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Pencil dummy with text proof (184 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Cattail House 1949 
Box M. C. 1496
Pencil dummy with text proof (36 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Proof sheet (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Black & white watercolor illustrations (14 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Daniel 'Coon 1954 
Box M. F. 292
Typescript, corrected (150 p.)  Box M. F. 292
Box M. C. 1495
Galley proof (46 p.)  Box M. C. 1495
Box M. F. 1495
Proof sheets (2 p.)  Box M. F. 1495
Box M. C. S 91
Pencil dummy with text proof (185 p.)  Box M. C. S 91
 
Ink illustrations with text proof for cover (2 p.)  Box M. C. S 91
 
Pencil illustration with 1 separation for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 91
 
Pencil illustration with text proof (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 91
 
Pencil illustrations (40 p.)  Box M. C. S 91
 
Pencil & watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 91
 
Pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box M. C. S 91
 
Preliminary silk screen prints (2 p.)  Box M. C. S 91
 
Pencil illustrations on acetate (2 p.)  Box M. C. S 91
 
Double or Nothing 1958 
Box M. F. 293
Typescript, corrected (74 p.)  Box M. F. 293
 
Jacket layout (1 p.)  Box M. F. 293
Box M. C. 1496
Ink illustrations (27 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Ink sketches (5 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Color separation for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Holiday Storybook 1958 
Box M. C. 1496
Pencil illustrations (5 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Just Follow Me 1960 
Box M. C. 1496
Pencil dummy with holograph (28 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Sheet of watercolor sketches (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Lad and Other Sunnybank Dogs 1959 
Box M. C. 1499
Ink illustrations (12 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Lassie Come Home 1958 
Box M. C. 1496
Watercolor illustrations (3 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Little Peter Cottontail 1956 
Box M. C. 1496
Watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Littlest Reindeer 1946 
Box M. C. 1496
Watercolor illustration for endpaper (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Nature Almanac 1949 
Box M. C. 1496
Watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Peter Rabbit, Henny Penny, and The City Mouse 1947 
Box M. C. 1496
Ink illustrations (2 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Watercolor illustration (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Ink sketch (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Raggedy Man 1959 
Box M. C. 1499
Watercolor illustration (1 p. )  Box M. C. 1499
 
Read-Aloud Nursery Tales 1957 
Box M. C. 1496
Watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Sea Shells 1953 
Box M. C. 1499
Scratchboard illustrations [some with text proof] (62 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Shire Colt 1958 
Box M. C. 1496
Ink illustrations (5 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Shy Little Horse and Other Stories 1947 
Box M. C. 1496
Pencil & watercolor sketch for cover (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Skaters  
Box M. C. 1295
Color photocopy of watercolor (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1295
 
Slip, The Story of a Little Fox 1948 
Box M. C. 1496
Typescript, corrected (10 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Watercolor illustrations (8 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Dummy in pencil (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
True Book of Animals of Small Pond 1953 
Box M. F. 1480
Typescript, corrected (31 p.)  Box M. F. 1480
Box M. C. 1496
Black & white gouache illustrations (12 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Watercolor illustrations (12 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Watercolor illustration for dust jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Ugly Duckling 1946 
Box M. C. 1496
Watercolor illustrations (5 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Uncle Debunkel: Or, The Barely Believable Bear 1964 
Box M. F. 293
Typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box M. F. 293
 
Galley proof, corrected (10 p.)  Box M. F. 293
Box M. C. 1495
Ink illustrations with 1 separation (27 p.)  Box M. C. 1495
 
Ink line illustrations (4 p.)  Box M. C. 1495
 
Pencil & ink dummy (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1495
 
Pencil & ink dummy with text proof [working dummy] (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1495
 
Who's in the Mirror? 1965 
Box M. F. 1480
Typescript (5 p.)  Box M. F. 1480
 
Galley proof (3 p.)  Box M. F. 1480
 
Dummy (20 p.)  Box M. F. 1480
Box M. C. 1499
Pencil illustration with 1 separation for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Groups of 3 color separations for illustrations (16 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Groups of 2 color separations for illustrations (6 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Wildwing 1959 
Box M. F. 1480
Typescript, corrected (112 p. )  Box M. F. 1480
 
Correspondence (14 p.)  Box M. F. 1480
 
Clippings (4 p.)  Box M. F. 1480
 
Publisher's dummy (6 p.)  Box M. F. 1480
Box M. C. 1499
Preliminary silk screen print (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Ink illustrations (14 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1499
 
Black Penny 1979 
Note  Capital City Press, 1979
Box M. C. 1317
Printed black & white illustrations (17 p.)  Box M. C. 1317
 
Printed black & white greeting card (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1317
 
Pamphlets (2 p.)  Box M. C. 1317
 
Lore [magazine] 1955 
Box M. C. 1496
Black & white illustrations (2 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Miscellaneous Art  
Box M. C. 1496
Pencil & watercolor sketch for dust jacket of Children's Stories , an unpublished book (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Colored proposed designs for record album cover (2 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Pencil position layouts [no illustrations] (2 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Watercolor & ink sketch developed from ink blot (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496
 
Illustration proof, greeting card type (1 p.)  Box M. C. 1496