Guide to the Louise Lee and Richard Floethe Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Floethe, Louise LeeFloethe, Richard
Title: Louise Lee and Richard Floethe papers
Dates: 1962-1984 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 447
Summary: Louise (1913-1988) and Richard (1901-1998) Floethe were, respectively, writer and illustrator of children's books. The collection consists of manuscripts, original illustrations, and minor correspondence concerning the book The Story of Lumber.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Louise Floethe was born March 13, 1913 in New York, New York, and married Richard Floethe in 1937. Many of the books she wrote were based on experiences of her childhood and early married life. She and Richard traveled extensively, and those travels also became the subject matter for books that she wrote and he illustrated. Their son was involved in educational children's films, and she became a part of those projects, as well. She did the stories and assisted in filming and cutting. Richard was born September 2, 1901 in Essen, Germany. He studied at art academies in Dortmund, Munich, and at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Mr. Floethe was a painter, print maker, and book illustrator.

Content Description

The Louise and Richard Floethe Papers consist of manuscripts, original illustrations, and minor correspondence concerning the book The Story of Lumber (New York: Scribner's, 1962). The collection also includes Christmas cards designed by Richard Floethe, and manuscripts for the book Bittersweet Summer (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1964) and the film Must We Have Noise?

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Louise Lee and Richard Floethe Papers, Ax 447, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Manuscripts

Series II: Correspondence

Series III: Illustrations

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Louise Lee and Richard Floethe in 1968.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff, November 1973.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Manuscripts
1 1-2 Bittersweet Summer 1964
1 3 Must We Have Noise?
1 4 Houses Around the World 1973
1 5 The Man from Everywhere
1 6 Ten Fables by Aesop (special edition) 1984
1 7 The Story of Lumber 1962

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Series II:  Correspondence, 1961-1963
1 8 Charles Scribner's Sons
1 8 International Paper Company, Long Bell Division
1 8 West Coast Lumberman's Association

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Series III:  Illustrations
1 9 Black and white watercolor
1 10 Christmas cards

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  • Personal Names :
  • Floethe, Louise Lee
  • Floethe, Richard
  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Christmas cards--Specimens
  • Illustrators--United States
  • Women authors, American--20th century
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations
    • Manuscripts for publication

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