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N.M. Bodecker Papers

Summary Information
Title: N.M. Bodecker Papers
Dates: 1954-1991
Creator: Bodecker, N.M.
Extent: 4.7 linear ft. (manuscripts), 6.6 cubic ft. (illustrations)
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-99
Abstract:
N.M. Bodecker's papers focus on his work as an illustrator and author of children's books. the collection contains production material for twenty-seven titles published between 1954 and 1991 and two calendars published in 1974 and 1975. It includes manuscript material including holographs, typescripts, and notes, illustrations done in a variety of media, some with separations, sketches, dummies, proofs, and photocopies. There is also some holograph notebooks for unpublished titles, holograph notebooks for talks and classes given by N.M. Bodecker, correspondence with one of his pulbishers, and unpusblished illustrations from an untitled book.

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

Augustine and the Seventeen Aunts,

Bear Who Couldn't Sleep,

Beaux, 1958

Carrot Holes and Frisbee Trees, 1983

Correspondence with Windmill Books,

Cousins, 1956

Day New Haven Died,

Few, Late Mosquitos,

Good Night Little A.B.C. Book, 1972

Good Night Little One, 1972

Good Night Richard Rabbit, 1972

Half Magic, 1954

Hurry, Hurry Mary Dear, 1976

I'm Sad, Dad,

Importance of Being There,

In the City of Paris,

Is There a Mouse in the House?, 1965

It's Raining Said John Twaining, 1973

King's Lions,

Knight's Castle, 1956

Lets Marry Said the Cherry, and Other Nonsense Poems, 1980

Lizzie's Twins, 1964

Lost String Quartet, 1981

Magic by the Lake, 1957

Magic or Not?, 1959

Miscellaneous Autobiographical Material,

Miscellaneous Unpublished Poetry,

Miscellaneous Unpublished Prose,

Miss Jaster's Garden, 1972

Mushroom Center Disaster, 1974

Nite-Lite Calendar, 1974,

Nite-Lite Calendar, 1975,

Nine Digit Zip Toad,

Our House,

Person From Britain Whose Head Was in the Shape of a Mitten, 1980

Pigeon Cubes and Other Verse, 1982

Piggie Noses and Cabbage Roses,

Seven-Day Magic, 1962

Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep,

Shoe Full of Shamrock, 1965

Snowman Sniffles, 1983

Sylvester the Mouse with the Musical Ear, 1961

Talks and Classes Given by N.M. Bodecker,

Time Garden, 1958

Unpublished Illustrations from an Unpublished Book,

Water Pennies, 1991

Well Wishers, 1960

Who is Mr. Giraffe?,


Biographical Sketch

N.M. [ Niels Mogens] Bodecker was born January 13, 1922 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He studied and served in the military in Denmark during the 1930s and 1940s and published his first poetry and book illustrations there during the 1940s. N.M. Bodecker came to the United States in 1952 and illustrated his first American children's book, Half Magic by Edward Eager, in 1954. For the next three decades, N.M. Bodecker illustrated a number of books by other authors, particularly Edward Eager and Robert Kraus. In 1972 he published his own story, Miss Jaster's Garden. N.M. Bodecker also wrote verse for children, especially nonsense verse that drew on his own childhood "recollections" and critics called these verses "whimsical," and "sharp but not cruel," full of clever "manipulation of rhymes." He also translated Danish verses into English in his self-illustrated book It's Raining Said John Twaining, which was an American Library Association and School Library Association Notable Book for 1973. N. M. Bodecker's illustrations reflect his sense of humor and whimsey and imagination. N.M. Bodecker died on February 1, 1988 in Hanover, New Hampshire, and his last book, Water Pennies, was published posthumously in 1991.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for twenty-seven titles published between 1954 and 1991, as well as production material for two "Nite-Lite" calendars for 1974 and 1975. The collection includes both manuscript and illustrative material, with an emphasis on the latter. The manuscript material includes holographs and typescripts, and there are also holograph notebooks for a number of unpublished titles, talks and classes given by Bodecker, miscellaneous autobiographical material, and unpublished poetry and prose. The collection contains correspondence with Windmill Bokks, one of N.M. Bodecker's publishers. The illustrative material included illustrations done in a variety of media, some with separations, sketches, dummies, proofs, and photocopies.

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.
  • Bodecker, N.M.
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Augustine and the Seventeen Aunts  
Box MC 640
watercolor, ink, marker and pencil dummy (23 p.)  Box MC 640
 
watercolor, ink and pencil drawings (4 p.)  Box MC 640
 
pencil sketches on 5 sheets (8 p.)  Box MC 640
 
watercolor drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 640
 
publisher's proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 640
 
Bear Who Couldn't Sleep  
Box MC 668
sheets of ink and pencil drawings (11 p.)  Box MC 668
 
sheet of pencil drawings (1 p.)  Box MC 668
 
pencil dummy (21 p.)  Box MC 668
 
pencil and ink dummy (47 p.)  Box MC 668
 
Beaux 1958 
Note  1958
Box MC 647
ink, watercolor and pencil illustrations for cover on 1 sheet (3 p.)  Box MC 647
 
publisher's proofs for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 647
 
Carrot Holes and Frisbee Trees 1983 
Note  1983
Box MF 1670, folder 1
holograph notebook (60 p.)  Box MF 1670, folder 1
 
Correspondence with Windmill Books  
Box MF 1364,folders 1-2
correspondence (70 p.)  Box MF 1364,folders 1-2
Box MF 1364, folder 2
holograph (7 p.)  Box MF 1364, folder 2
 
typescript (5 p.)  Box MF 1364, folder 2
 
bookcover (1 p.)  Box MF 1364, folder 2
 
Cousins 1956 
Note  1956
Box MC 647
Ink drawings (9 p.)  Box MC 647
 
proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 647
 
Day New Haven Died  
Box MF 1668, folder 1
holograph notebook (30 p.)  Box MF 1668, folder 1
 
Few, Late Mosquitos  
Box MF 1664, folder 2
holograph notebook (50 p.)  Box MF 1664, folder 2
 
Good Night Little A.B.C. Book 1972 
Note  1972
Box MC 648
ink drawings (11 p.)  Box MC 648
 
Good Night Little One 1972 
Note  1972
Box MC 643
ink and watercolor drawings (3 p.)  Box MC 643
 
watercolor and pencil drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
ink drawings (11 p.)  Box MC 643
 
ink drawing with 4 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
Good Night Richard Rabbit 1972 
Note  1972
Box MC 640
ink and pencil drawings (4 p.)  Box MC 640
 
ink drawings (6 p.)  Box MC 640
 
ink drawings with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 640
 
ink drawings with 5 separations (1 p.)  Box MC 640
 
Half Magic 1954 
Note  1954
Box MC 643
ink drawings (7 p.)  Box MC 643
 
pencil and ink drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
pencil and ink sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
watercolor, ink and marker drawings for jacket (3 p.)  Box MC 643
 
colored pencil, ink and pencil drawings for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 643
 
publisher's proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
Hurry, Hurry Mary Dear 1976 
Note  1976
Box MC 648
ink drawings (37 p.)  Box MC 648
 
I'm Sad, Dad  
Box MF 1668, folders 1-2
holograph notebooks (200 p.)  Box MF 1668, folders 1-2
 
Importance of Being There  
Box MF 1668, folders 1-2
holograph notebooks (220 p.)  Box MF 1668, folders 1-2
 
In the City of Paris  
Box MC 640
ink drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 640
 
publisher's layout (1 p.)  Box MC 640
 
ink drawings (28 p.)  Box MC 640
 
colored pencil and pencil drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 640
 
colored pencil, ink and pencil drawings (1 p.)  Box MC 640
 
proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 640
 
Is There a Mouse in the House? 1965 
Note  1965
Box MC 668
ink drawings on 10 boards (32 p.)  Box MC 668
 
ink and watercolor drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 668
 
ink drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 668
 
It's Raining Said John Twaining 1973 
Note  1973
Box MF 1760, folder 1
holograph notebook (55 p.)  Box MF 1760, folder 1
Box MC 654
ink and watercolor illustrations for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 654
 
ink illustrations (24 p.)  Box MC 654
 
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 654
 
ink and pencil illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 654
 
watercolor illustrations with 1 ink overlay [some with text paste-ups] (28 p.)  Box MC 654
 
ink illustration for dedication page (1 p.)  Box MC 654
 
watercolor and ink drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 654
 
pencil and watercolor illustrations for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 654
 
watercolor with 1 ink and 1 pencil overlay for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 654
 
ink and watercolor dummy (32 p.)  Box MC 654
 
pencil and watercolor drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 654
 
King's Lions  
Box MF 1668, folder 1
holograph notebooks (60 p.)  Box MF 1668, folder 1
 
Knight's Castle 1956 
Note  1956
Box MC 653
pencil drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 653
 
ink, acrylic, and pencil drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 653
 
pencil and prisma pencil drawing (2 p.)  Box MC 653
 
pencil, prisma pencil and ink drawings (2 p.)  Box MC 653
 
publisher's proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 653
 
ink drawing with paste-up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 653
 
Lets Marry Said the Cherry, and Other Nonsense Poems 1980 
Note  1980
Box MF 1669, folder 1
holograph notebook (103 p.)  Box MF 1669, folder 1
Box MC 648
ink illustrations with text proof paste-up on 41 boards (41 p.)  Box MC 648
 
watercolor drawing with text proof paste-up (1 p.)  Box MC 648
 
pencil study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 648
 
ink illustrations with 2 separations on 1 board for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 648
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 648
 
Lizzie's Twins 1964 
Note  1964
Box MC 647
ink drawings 7 1 pencil drawing on 14 boards (27 p.)  Box MC 647
 
Lost String Quartet 1981 
Note  1981
Box MC 653
ink, prisma pencil and pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 653
 
ink and watercolor sketches (4 p.)  Box MC 653
 
ink sketches (5 p.)  Box MC 653
 
marker, ink and watercolor sketches (3 p.)  Box MC 653
 
pencil, ink, prisma pencil, marker, and watercolor sketches (3 p.)  Box MC 653
 
marker sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 653
 
ink illustration with text proof paste-up for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 653
 
paste-up for title page (1 p.)  Box MC 653
 
paste-up for dedication page (1 p.)  Box MC 653
 
ink illustrations with text proof and 1 overlay [glued] (29 p.)  Box MC 653
 
Magic by the Lake 1957 
Note  1957
Box MC 643
ink drawings (9 p.)  Box MC 643
 
ink and pencil drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
ink and pencil drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
publisher's proofs for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 643
 
Magic or Not? 1959 
Note  1959
Box MC 645
marker drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
ink drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
pencil, ink and colored pencil drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
colored pencil and pencil drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
acrylic, ink, pencil and watercolor drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
ink drawings (10 p.)  Box MC 645
 
jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
publisher's proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
Miscellaneous Autobiographical Material  
Box MF 1664, folder 1
holograph (4 p.)  Box MF 1664, folder 1
 
typescript (2 p.)  Box MF 1664, folder 1
 
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF 1664, folder 1
 
Miscellaneous Unpublished Poetry  
Box MF 1673 and 1674, folders 1-17
holograph notebook (1295 p.)  Box MF 1673 and 1674, folders 1-17
 
Miscellaneous Unpublished Prose  
Box MF 1672, folders 1-5
holograph notebooks (448 p.)  Box MF 1672, folders 1-5
 
Miss Jaster's Garden 1972 
Note  1972
Box MF 1634, folder 1
holograph notebook (50 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 1
Box MF 1634, folder 2
holograph notebook (100 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 2
Box MF 1634, folder 3
typescript, corrected (14 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 3
 
typescript, photocopy (19 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 3
Box MC 652
pencil sketches (32 p.)  Box MC 652
 
ink, pencil and watercolor drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 652
 
ink and watercolor drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 652
 
watercolor drawings with 1 overlay (6 p.)  Box MC 652
 
watercolor and pencil dummy (29 p.)  Box MC 652
 
Mushroom Center Disaster 1974 
Note  1974
Box MF 1634, folders 1-2
holograph (91 p.)  Box MF 1634, folders 1-2
Box MF 1634, folder 3
holograph, photocopy (13 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 3
 
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 3
Box MF 1634, folder 4
notes (3 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 4
 
holograph notebook (100 p.)  Box MF 1634, folder 4
 
Nite-Lite Calendar, 1974  
Box MC 562
ink and watercolor drawings (2 p.)  Box MC 562
Box MC 652
watercolor and ink drawings with 2 separations (4 p.)  Box MC 652
 
ink and watercolor drawing with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC 652
 
Nite-Lite Calendar, 1975  
Box MC 652
watercolor and ink drawings with 2 separations (9 p.)  Box MC 652
 
watercolor and ink drawings with 1 separation (3 p.)  Box MC 652
 
ink drawings (15 p.)  Box MC 652
 
Nine Digit Zip Toad  
Box MF 1670, folders 1-2
holograph notebooks (120 p.)  Box MF 1670, folders 1-2
 
Our House  
Box MC 650
watercolor and pencil dummy (32 p.)  Box MC 650
 
colored pencil drawings (2 p.)  Box MC 650
 
ink and watercolor drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 650
 
colored pencil and pencil drawings (3 p.)  Box MC 650
 
pencil sketches (23 p.)  Box MC 650
 
ink and pencil sketches (26 p.)  Box MC 650
 
ink sketches (34 p.)  Box MC 650
 
photocopies of illustrations (31 p.)  Box MC 650
 
holograph (6 p.)  Box MC 650
 
layout (2 p.)  Box MC 650
Box MC 560
ink sketches (6 p.)  Box MC 560
 
Person From Britain Whose Head Was in the Shape of a Mitten 1980 
Note  1980
Box MC 1490
sheets of ink, marker, and colored pencil drawings some with ink holograph (1284 p.)  Box MC 1490
 
photocopy of illustration (1 p.)  Box MC 1490
Box MC 648
ink drawings (89 p.)  Box MC 648
 
ink drawings (2 p.)  Box MC 648
 
ink drawings on boards (4 p.)  Box MC 648
 
Pigeon Cubes and Other Verse 1982 
Note  1982
Box MF 1670, folders 1-4
holograph notebooks (465 p.)  Box MF 1670, folders 1-4
Box MC 645
ink sketches (314 p.)  Box MC 645
 
pencil sketches (8 p.)  Box MC 645
 
pencil and ink sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
ink and colored pencil sketches (16 p.)  Box MC 645
 
colored pencil and pencil sketches (6 p.)  Box MC 645
 
colored pencil sketches (3 p.)  Box MC 645
 
ink and pencil dummy (21 p.)  Box MC 645
 
Piggie Noses and Cabbage Roses  
Box MF 1668, folders 1-3
holograph notebooks (220 p.)  Box MF 1668, folders 1-3
 
Seven-Day Magic 1962 
Note  1962
Box MC 645
colored pencil and ink drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
ink drawings (6 p.)  Box MC 645
 
pencil, ink and marker drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
publisher's proof for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 645
 
Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep  
Box MC 645
ink and watercolor drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
ink, watercolor and colored pencil drawings on 3 boards (5 p.)  Box MC 645
 
Shoe Full of Shamrock 1965 
Note  1965
Box MC 650
marker, ink and pencil illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 650
 
publisher's dummy (64 p.)  Box MC 650
 
Snowman Sniffles 1983 
Note  1983
Box MF 1669, folders 1-4
holograph notebooks (280 p.)  Box MF 1669, folders 1-4
Box MC 643
colored pencil and ink drawings (27 p.)  Box MC 643
 
ink and colored pencil drawings for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 643
 
ink drawings (400 p.)  Box MC 643
 
ink illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
Sylvester the Mouse with the Musical Ear 1961 
Note  1961
Box MC 647
pencil, ink and watercolor drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 647
 
acrylic, crayon, chalk, colored pencil, pencil, ink and watercolor drawing with one overlay for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 647
 
Talks and Classes Given by N.M. Bodecker  
Box MF 1671, folders 1-9
holograph notebooks (826 p.)  Box MF 1671, folders 1-9
 
Time Garden 1958 
Note  1958
Box MC 645
colored pencil and in sketch (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
colored pencil, pencil and ink drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
ink drawings (4 p.)  Box MC 645
 
publisher's proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
publisher's proof with 3 separations for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 645
 
Unpublished Illustrations from an Unpublished Book  
Box MC 647
pencil drawings (13 p.)  Box MC 647
 
pencil, ink and colored pencil drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 647
 
ink drawings on 8 boards (2 p.)  Box MC 647
 
Water Pennies 1991 
Note  1991
Box MF 1674, folder 1
holograph (57 p.)  Box MF 1674, folder 1
Box MF 1674, folders 2-3
holograph notebooks (2 p.)  Box MF 1674, folders 2-3
Box MF 1674, folder 4
typescript (51 p.)  Box MF 1674, folder 4
Box MF 1674, folder 5
typescript (35 p.)  Box MF 1674, folder 5
Box MF 1674, folder 6
page proof, photocopy (31 p.)  Box MF 1674, folder 6
Box MF 1674, folder 7
photocopy (color) of book jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 1674, folder 7
 
jacket proofs (2 p.)  Box MF 1674, folder 7
 
Well Wishers 1960 
Note  1960
Box MC 643
colored pencil and pencil drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
ink and pencil drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
sheets with 12 ink drawings (6 p.)  Box MC 643
 
ink and colored pencil drawings (2 p.)  Box MC 643
 
publisher's proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 643
 
Who is Mr. Giraffe?  
Box MC 642
pencil drawings on 27 sheets with 1 overlay (27 p.)  Box MC 642
 
watercolor and ink drawing (1 p.)  Box MC 642
 
pencil drawing for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 642
 
watercolor drawing for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 642
 
watercolor and ink dummy (1 p.)  Box MC 642