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Ruth Adler Papers

Summary Information
Title: Ruth Adler Papers
Dates: 1955-1967
Creator: Adler, Ruth
Extent: 6.2 cu ft [16 boxes]
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-93
Abstract:
Ruth Adler's papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator, with emphasis on the latter, of children's non-fiction books. The collection contains production material for forty-five titles published between 1955-1967. It includes illustrations done in a variety of media many with separations, studies and sketches in a variety of media, separations, overlays, illustrator's dummies, photographs, negatives, photostats, xerox copies, layouts, proofs, some miscellaneous material and notes, and some miscellaneous art work including one sketchbook. Additional material related to Ruth Adler's work may be found in the Irving Adler Collection

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, 1962

Atoms and Molecules, 1966

Calendar, The, 1967

Coal, 1965

Color in Your Life, 1962

Communication, 1967

Dust, 1958

Earth's Crust, The, 1963

Electricity In Your Life, 1965

Electronics, 1961

Elementary Mathematics of the Atom, The, 1965

Evolution, 1965

Fibers, 1964

Fire in Your Life, 1955

Heat, 1964

Houses, 1964

How Life Began, 1957

Hurricanes and Twisters, 1955

Insects and Plants, 1962

Irrigations: Changing Deserts into Gardens, 1964

Logic for Beginners Through Games, Jokes, and Puzzles, 1964

Machines, 1964

Magic Houses of Numbers, 1957

Magnets, 1966

Monkey Business: Hoaxes in the Name of Science, 1957

Numerals, New Dresses for Old Numbers, 1957

Oceans, 1963

Probability and Statistics for Everyman: How to..., 1963

Rivers, 1961

Seeing the Earth from Space: What the Man-Made Moons, 1959

Sets, 1967

Shadows, 1961

Stars, The: Steppingstones into Space, 1956

Storms, 1963

Story of a Nail, The, 1961

Sun and Its Family, The, 1958

Taste, Touch and Smell, 1966

Time in Your Life, 1955

Tools in Your Life, 1956

Tools of Science, The: From Yardstick to Cyclotron, 1958

Tree Products, 1961

Volcanoes and Earthquakes, 1962

Why?: A Book of Reasons, 1961

Why and How?: A Second Book of Reasons, 1963

Your Eyes, 1962

Miscellaneous,


Biographical Sketch

Ruth Adler was born April 20, 1915 in Sullivan County, New York. She attended Barnard College and graduated with an A.B. in 1935, and received an M.A. from Hunter College in 1959. Ruth Adler taught mathematics, science, and art in various schools in the New York City area from 1950-1960, and later taught mathematics at Bennington College in Vermont from 1961-1962. She began illustrating her husband and frequent collaborator Irving Alder's books in 1955, and later co-authored a number of books with him and did the illustrations for the bulk of these titles. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Adlers produced many books for children about science and mathematics including their "Reason Why" series of books. These books sought to make "difficult and complex" ideas in science and mathematics understandable to young readers. The Adler's believed that children were interested in science and were capable of grasping complex topics if the information was presented in a "straightforward" and "clear" way. Their work was cited by critics and readers for achieving these aims and helping children appreciate the world of science and mathematics and how both could affect their lives in the rapidly changing world that depends so much on technology. Ruth Adler died on March 30, 1968.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for forty-five titles published between 1955 and 1967. It includes illustrations done in a variety of media many with separations, studies and sketches in a variety of media, photostats, xerox copies, layouts, proofs, and some miscellaneous material and notes, and some miscellaneous art work including one sketchbook. Additional material related to Ruth Adler's work may be found in the Irving Adler Collection.

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.
  • Adler, Ruth
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Air 1962 
Box MC 917
original black and white pencil illustrations on acetate with color separations and some with text proof paste up (29 p.)  Box MC 917
 
Atoms and Molecules 1966 
Box MC 917
pencil illustrations with separations (16 p.)  Box MC 917
 
pencil illustrations (7 p.)  Box MC 917
 
tempera and colored acetate jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC 917
 
separations (20 p.)  Box MC 917
 
illustration proof for jacket with 2 separations and text layout (1 p.)  Box MC 917
 
partial layouts (2 p.)  Box MC 917
 
Calendar, The 1967 
Box MC 917
pencil and ink illustrator's dummy with typescript (47 p.)  Box MC 917
 
ink and acetate illustration for jacket with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 917
 
ink and acetate jacket study with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 917
 
pencil illustrations on dynobase (11 p.)  Box MC 917
 
ink illustrations with 2 separations (4 p.)  Box MC 917
 
ink illustrations with 1 separation (12 p.)  Box MC 917
 
black and white photographs (4 p.)  Box MC 917
 
illustration proof with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 917
 
Coal 1965 
Box MC 918
pencil and photograph illustration dummy with typescript (148 p.)  Box MC 918
 
ink and pencil illustrations with color separations (21 p.)  Box MC 918
 
black and white photographs (34 p.)  Box MC 918
 
negatives (18 p.)  Box MC 918
 
xerox illustration with layout (1 p.)  Box MC 918
 
photostats and proofs (17 p.)  Box MC 918
 
text proofs for p. 47 (2 p.)  Box MC 918
 
miscellaneous item (1 p.)  Box MC 918
 
Color in Your Life 1962 
Box MC 918
pencil, ink and crayon sketches (33 p.)  Box MC 918
 
illustration proofs (2 p.)  Box MC 918
 
color sample sheet (1 p.)  Box MC 918
 
illustrator's notes (9 p.)  Box MC 918
 
color separations (9 p.)  Box MC 918
 
ink illustrations (39 p.)  Box MC 918
 
Communication 1967 
Box MC 918
tempera and ink jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC 918
 
pencil illustrations (8 p.)  Box MC 918
 
sets of overlay instructions (6 p.)  Box MC 918
 
ink jacket study with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 918
 
black and white photographs (19 p.)  Box MC 918
 
page illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC 918
 
xerox copy (1 p.)  Box MC 918
 
newsletter cutout (1 p.)  Box MC 918
 
Dust 1958 
Box MC 919
ink drawings (40 p.)  Box MC 919
 
pencil sketches (32 p.)  Box MC 919
 
Earth's Crust, The 1963 
Box MC 919
crayon and pencil illustrator's dummy with text proof paste up (48 p.)  Box MC 919
 
acetate sheets [3 pencil illustrations] with text proof and 3 separations (2 p.)  Box MC 919
 
acetate sheets [7 pencil illustrations] with text proof and 2 separations (4 p.)  Box MC 919
 
acetate sheets [15 pencil illustrations] with text proof and 1 separation (11 p.)  Box MC 919
 
acetate sheet [2 separations] (1 p.)  Box MC 919
 
photograph illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 919
 
Electricity In Your Life 1965 
Box MC 919
jacket layout with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 919
 
pencil, ink and crayon illustrator's dummy with typescript (123 p.)  Box MC 919
 
ink illustrations and overlays (174 p.)  Box MC 919
 
color separations (10 p.)  Box MC 919
 
pencil illustrations on dynobase (71 p.)  Box MC 919
 
photographs (18 p.)  Box MC 919
 
Electronics 1961 
Box MC 1306
ink illustrations with text proof paste-up (53 p.)  Box MC 1306
 
pencil and ink sketches (57 p.)  Box MC 1306
 
typescript for captions (7 p.)  Box MC 1306
 
pages of illustrator's notes and sketches (33 p.)  Box MC 1306
 
Elementary Mathematics of the Atom, The 1965 
Box MC 1306
photostats of illustrations (79 p.)  Box MC 1306
 
ink illustrations (31 p.)  Box MC 1306
 
illustrator's notes (37 p.)  Box MC 1306
 
periodic table (1 p.)  Box MC 1306
 
paste-up with text for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1306
 
jacket mock-up (1 p.)  Box MC 1306
 
Evolution 1965 
Box MC 1308
illustrator's dummy (1 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
ink illustration for jacket with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
ink illustrations (30 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
pencil drawings (22 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
photographs and negatives (6 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
pencil diagrams (2 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
colored paper and tempera jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
pencil sketches (9 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
pencil and ink captions (5 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
set page proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
sheets miscellaneous proof (5 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
miscellaneous item (1 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
Fibers 1964 
Box MC 1311
page proof (47 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
illustrator's dummy with text proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
pencil and ink captions (21 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
photographs (3 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
pencil illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
pencil and ink illustrations with 1 separation (6 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
pencil and ink illustrations with 2 separations (3 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
pencil illustration with text proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
ink illustrations with 2 separations and text proof (2 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
ink separation (1 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
Fire in Your Life 1955 
Box MC 1311
ink drawings (48 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
miscellaneous (1 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
Heat 1964 
Box MC 1311
crayon and pencil illustrator's dummy with text proof (47 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
pencil illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
pencil illustrations (21 p.)  Box MC 1311
 
Houses 1964 
Box MC 1310
pencil and ink illustrator's dummy with corrected text proof paste up (48 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
ink illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
ink illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
pencil illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
ink illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
pencil illustration with 1 separation (4 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
ink and pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
ink illustrations2 (2 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
pencil illustrations (15 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
photograph illustrations (3 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
sheets of ink sketches (11 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
captions (1 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
text proof with notes (1 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
How Life Began 1957 
Box MC 1310
illustration proofs (7 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
crayon and pencil sketches (33 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
ink diagrams (19 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
negative (1 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
Hurricanes and Twisters 1955 
Box MC 1310
ink illustrations (25 p.)  Box MC 1310
 
Insects and Plants 1962 
Box MC 1308
pencil illustrator's dummy with text proof paste up and notes (48 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
acetate sheet [6 pencil illustrations] and 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
acetate sheets [6 pencil illustrations] and 2 separations (2 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
acetate sheets [6 pencil illustrations] and 1 separation (3 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
pencil illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
acetate sheets [with 17 pencil illustrations] (5 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
photographs (7 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
sheets of pencil sketches [15 sketches total] (14 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
Irrigations: Changing Deserts into Gardens 1964 
Box MC 1308
ink and or colored pencil drawings on acetate with color separations (37 p.)  Box MC 1308
 
Logic for Beginners Through Games, Jokes, and Puzzles 1964 
Box MC 1315
dummy (160 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
pencil and ink sketches (82 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
ink illustrations (102 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
color separations (5 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
photostats of illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
miscellaneous correspondence (1 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
Machines 1964 
Box MC 1315
illustrator's dummy with text proof and original pencil and crayon sketches (47 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
miscellaneous sheet (1 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
page blue proof (48 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
miscellaneous notes (4 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
caption proof (6 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
photographs (2 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
original pencil illustrations (35 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
original ink illustrations (34 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
original pencil and ink captions [stuck together[ (27 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
set page proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1315
 
Magic Houses of Numbers 1957 
Box MC 1316
stencil layouts (2 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
pencil sketches (10 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
ink illustrations (31 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
proof of illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
Magnets 1966 
Box MC 1316
tempera jacket study with 1 ink separation (1 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
ink illustration for jacket with 2 separations and layout (1 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
photographs (6 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
pencil illustrations (34 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
ink drawings for separations (41 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
notes and sketches (7 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
Monkey Business: Hoaxes in the Name of Science 1957 
Box MC 1316
pencil sketches (29 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
pen and pencil sketches (2 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
pencil layouts (3 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
ink illustrations [some with text paste up] (27 p.)  Box MC 1316
 
Numerals, New Dresses for Old Numbers 1957 
Box MC 1332
illustrator's dummy with text proof and notes in ink (147 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
illustrator's dummy with text proof and notes in pencil (148 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
crayon and tempera jacket study with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
ink illustration for jacket with text proof and tissue overlay with notes (1 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
pencil drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
ink illustrations with color separations (61 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
sheets proof (5 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
illustrator's notes (1 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
Oceans 1963 
Box MC 1332
text layout (9 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
sheets of ink and pencil illustrations (23 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
Probability and Statistics for Everyman: How to... 1963 
Box MC 1332
ink illustrations with text proof (45 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
ink and pencil dummy (1 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
sheet notes (1 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
proofs (45 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
text proofs of index (2 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
xerox sheets (2 p.)  Box MC 1332
 
Rivers 1961 
Box MC 1305
sheets of pencil and ink illustrations with separations (14 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
captions (12 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
photographs (17 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
Seeing the Earth from Space: What the Man-Made Moons 1959 
Box MC 1305
ink illustrations [some with typescript paste up] (55 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
ink and pencil sketches (48 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
Sets 1967 
Box MC 1305
tempera jacket study with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
layout for jacket with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
illustrator's dummy with text proof (1 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
pages of text proof (14 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
photostat (1 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
sheets ink illustration and separations (28 p.)  Box MC 1305
 
Shadows 1961 
Box MC 1335
black and white photographs (2 p.)  Box MC 1335
 
pencil illustrations on acetate with color separations indicated (18 p.)  Box MC 1335
 
text proof overlays with color separations indicated (10 p.)  Box MC 1335
 
pencil and colored pencil sketch for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 1335
 
Stars, The: Steppingstones into Space 1956 
Box MC 1304
proof paste-up dummy (128 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
ink illustrations (103 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
photograph illustrations (34 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
diagrams (2 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
Storms 1963 
Box MC 1335
color overlays [3 for pp36 and 2 for title page] (5 p.)  Box MC 1335
 
photostat of snowflake design (1 p.)  Box MC 1335
 
envelope with 7 individual snowflakes (1 p.)  Box MC 1335
 
notes (3 p.)  Box MC 1335
 
black and white pencil and/or ink illustrations and separations [some with text proof] (55 p.)  Box MC 1335
 
Story of a Nail, The 1961 
Box MC 1304
pencil illustrations (17 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
colored pencil separation (1 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
pencil illustration (19 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
magic marker, ink and tempera jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
photograph (1 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
layout for illustrations (17 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
miscellaneous (1 p.)  Box MC 1304
 
Sun and Its Family, The 1958 
Box MF 1333
ink drawings (34 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
pencil sketches (36 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
miscellaneous sheets of proof (12 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
Taste, Touch and Smell 1966 
Box MF 1333
mixed-media jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
ink and acetate illustration for jacket with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
ink paste-up with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
tempera and acetate jacket study with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
pencil illustrations (17 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
pencil illustrations (9 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
pencil illustrations (10 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
pencil illustrations (5 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
acetate separation (1 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
photographs (4 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
text proof (1 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
sample type (4 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
Time in Your Life 1955 
Box MF 1333
ink illustrations (60 p.)  Box MF 1333
 
Tools in Your Life 1956 
Box MF 1334
pages of suggested illustrations in pencil (6 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
ink drawings (41 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
black drawing on waxed paper (1 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
miscellaneous (1 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
Tools of Science, The: From Yardstick to Cyclotron 1958 
Box MF 1334
pencil sketches (30 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
photographs (6 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
copies of prints (3 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
ink illustrations (23 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
Tree Products 1961 
Box MF 1334
pencil drawings on acetate (19 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
pencil drawings on white paper (8 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
photograph illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
photograph illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
photograph layout with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
photographs (32 p.)  Box MF 1334
 
Volcanoes and Earthquakes 1962 
Box MF 1335
pencil sketches (20 p.)  Box MF 1335
 
ink sketches (6 p.)  Box MF 1335
 
ink illustrations some with text (15 p.)  Box MF 1335
 
negative for photo section of book (1 p.)  Box MF 1335
 
photo proofs (10 p.)  Box MF 1335
 
pages of proof of illustrations (5 p.)  Box MF 1335
 
miscellaneous notes  Box MF 1335
 
Why?: A Book of Reasons 1961 
Box MF 1336
pencil drawings on acetate (15 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
overlays with text proof (5 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
Why and How?: A Second Book of Reasons 1963 
Box MF 1336
ink illustrations on acetate (74 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
photograph (1 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
dummy with pencil illustrations and text proof paste-up (1 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
Your Eyes 1962 
Box MF 1336
pencil illustrator's dummy with text proof and notes (48 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
ink illustration with text proof and 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
ink illustration with text proof and 2 separations (6 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
ink illustration with text proof and 1 separation (4 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
ink illustration with text proof (3 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
photographs (6 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
sheets with 4 crayon and pencil sketches (3 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
sheets with 11 pencil sketches (7 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
text proofs (2 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
braille alphabet (1 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
note about author (1 p.)  Box MF 1336
 
Miscellaneous  
Box MF 1335
pencil and ink sketchbook [ideas for Time in Your Life, Fire in Your Life, Tools in Your Life, and Hurricanes and Twisters] (39 p.)  Box MF 1335
 
pencil sketches (51 p.)  Box MF 1335
 
folder with notes [by Ruth or Irving Adler] (1 p.)  Box MF 1335