Guide to the Trina Schart Hyman Papers
1965-1981

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hyman, Trina Schart
Title: Trina Schart Hyman papers
Dates: 1965-1981 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4.75 linear feet (6 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 065
Summary: Trina Schart Hyman is an artist and illustrator of children's books. The collecion includes original illustrations, literary manuscripts, greeting cards, and miscellaneous materials.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

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

Trina Schart Hyman, a leading illustrator of books for children, was born in 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her training at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art (1956-1959) and the Boston Museum School of the Arts. (1959-1960). She also studied in Stockholm at the Swedish State Art School (Konstfackskolan, 1960-1961). In Sweden she illustrated her first book, Toffe och den lilla Bilen (1961. Not in this collection). Since then she has illustrated numerous children's books for such authors as Carol Ryrie Brink, Paul Tripp, Eleanor Clymer, and Jean Fritz. Ms. Hyman is both author and illustrator for two books, How Six Found Christmas and Self-portrait: Trina Schart Hyman (Addison-Wesley). She has also retold Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood.

From September, 1973 to March, 1979, Ms. Hyman was the art director of Cricket, a children's magazine. Since April, 1979 she has served as a staff artist. In 1973, Ms. Hyman won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for her illustrations in King Stork (not in this collection) and in 1984 her Little Red Riding Hood was a Caldecott Honor book. Ms. Hyman lives in a farmhouse in Lyme, New Hampshire; she has one daughter, Katrin.

Content Description

The Trina Schart Hyman Papers comprise illustrations, and some texts, for 35 children's books published from 1965 to 1981. The collection also includes 14 greeting cards and 25 fable cards designed by Ms. Hyman, as well as miscellaneous artwork.

The illustrations and texts are grouped by book and arranged alphabetically by book title. For each title, illustrations are in order as they appear in the book and are identified by page, or chapter number and first words of corresponding text. Where the text is unavailable, the illustrations are briefly described. In only a few cases are there materials representing the entire publishing process, from initial dummy sketches to finished book. In most cases the collection does not include the complete set of finished drawings; some books are represented only by one or two drawings. In cases where there are more materials than simply the finished illustrations, the arrangement shows the progression of the book from start to finish. The order used is: 1) notes from publisher; advertising materials, 2) jacket sketch (draft of dust cover), 3) dummy (illustrator's sketches or copies of final illustrations in book format), 4) reproduction proofs or proof sheets of finished illustrations and/or text, 5) dust jacket, 6) finished book, 7) illustrations for book, including jacket, title page and frontispiece illustrations. Ms. Hyman does not make preliminary sketches, but does most of her work on the finished drawing. The illustrations are drawn in pencil and pen and ink, or acrylics and watercolor on the few color illustrations. The drawings are on light board and heavy paper (with "a certain lack of flexibility" distinguishing the two) and on acetate. Notes by Ms. Hyman regarding her work can be found on some of the drawings for The Ghost Next Door (p. 124), The Man Who Loved Books (jacket sketch), The Watchers (map), and Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? (dummy), and on the miscellaneous piece of writing in Box 6, Folder 2. Even the casual observer will note a distinct change in drawing style over time, as Ms. Hyman moves away from stylized illustrations and develops a warmer and more realistic style.

Following the illustrations are the greeting cards and fable cards (both finished products), and the miscellaneous artwork.

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 material 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], Trina Schart Hyman Papers, Coll 065, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Trina Schart Hyman in 1980.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Molly Taylor, Manuscripts Processor.

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

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information available in Special Collections & University Archives.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
Folder
1 1 The Bad Times of Irma Baumlein (later released as Irma's Big Lie), by Carol Ryrie Brink. New York: Macmillan, 1972
Publisher's note re: artwork.Copy of cover illustration and text pasted onto board with one overlay and one paper cover.Illustrations: probably complete; no finished book available for comparison.Pen and ink on heavy paper.Cover illustration. Two overlays and two title lettering inserts. Semi-opaque paper cover.
1972
1 1 The Cabin on the Fjord, by Susan Meyers. New York: Doubleday, 1969
Illustrations: pen and ink with wash on heavy paper.
1969
1 2 Cinnamon Seed, by John Travers Moore. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1961
Dummy: pp. 1-6 with taped-on text; one sheet of page numbers.Second dummy: pp. 1-6 with taped on text; one sheet of page numbers.Reproduction proofs: text only, 6 sheets. Separate reproduction proofs for each poem: pp. 1-47.Complete unbound finished book.Illustrations: pp. 8, 26, 27 missing. Pen and ink on light board, with taped-on text. Overlay drawings in ink.
1961
1 3 Clever Cooks, collected by Ellin Greene. New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepherd, 1973
Jacket sketch: pen and ink, and watercolor on heavy paper.Dust jacket.Illustrations: pen and ink on heavy paper.
1973
1 3 The Coming of Pout, by Peter Blair. Boston: Little, Brown, 1969
Note from publisher to artist.Jacket sketch: pen and ink, and watercolor on semi-opaque paper. Sketch is taped to cardboard, with an acetate cover and board frame.Copy of cover illustration and text pasted onto board, with two semi-opaque paper covers.Illustrations: pen and ink on light board and heavy paper (indicated). Most sheets have two drawings.
1969
1 4 Figgie Hobbin, by Charles Causley. New York: Walker, 1973
Copy of an advertisement in Horn Book, October 1973.Proof sheet: complete.Illustrations: several illustrations are missing. Pen and ink on light board, with pasted on text. Overlay drawings in pencil.
1973
1 4 The Five Trials of the Pansy Bed, by Jacob B. Townsend. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967
Illustrations: on light board.
1967
2 1 George, by Agnes Sligh Turnbull. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965
Dummy: copies of text and illustrations pasted-up. Text for p. 91 missing. 94 pp.Illustrations: pp. 3, 7, 30, 36, 52, 58, 61, 80, 86 missing. Pen and ink on board.
1965
2 2 The Ghost Next Door, by Wylly Folk St. John. Harper Row, 1971
Illustrations: pen drawings on semi-opaque paper. Drawings are taped to paper, with semi-opaque paper covers.
1971
2 2 Greedy Mariani and other Folk Tales of the Antilles, retold by Dorothy Sharp Carter. New York: Atheneum, 1974
Illustrations: collection contains a few of the illustrations for the book. These are pen and ink on light board; all are matted.
1974
2 3 How I Went Shopping and What I Got, by Eleanor Clymer. New York: Holt Reinhart and Winston, 1972
Jacket sketch: pencil and watercolor on heavy paper.Dummy: complete. Taped-on copies of illustrations and text. 39 pp.Illustrations: pp. vi and 22 missing. Pencil on light board. Overlay drawings in pencil. Each illustration has a tracing paper cover.
1972
2 3 How Six Found Christmas, by Trina Schart Hyman. Boston: Little, Brown, 1969
Illustrations: pen and ink on light board.
1969
2 4 Joanna Runs Away, by Phyllis La Farge. New York: Holt Reinhart, 1973
Jacket sketch: ink and watercolor on heavy paper.Dummy: pencil sketches with taped-on text. 63 pp.Dust jacket.
1973
3 1 Let's Steal the Moon: Jewish Tales Ancient and Recent, retold by Blanch L. Serwer. Boston: Little, Brown, 1970
Dummy: pencil sketches with taped-on text. Frontispiece sketch missing. 92 pages.Photographic negatives of chapter headings, and illustrations for pp. 2, 6, 24, and 50.Illustrations: with dummy as only reference, pp. 42, 63, and 80 are missing. No frontispiece sketch. Pen and ink with wash on heavy paper. Overlay drawings are in ink.
1970
3 1 Listen, Children, Listen, edited by Myra Cohn Livingston. Harcourt Brace Jovanovitch, 1972
Jacket sketch: pen and ink, and watercolor on heavy paper.Illustrations: pen and ink on heavy paper. Overlay drawings in ink.
1972
3 2 The Little Red Flower, by Paul Tripp. New York: Doubleday, 1968
Note from publisher to artist.Dummy: pen and ink sketches with watercolor wash and paste-on text (pp. 8 and 9 are copies). 22 sheets (pp. 5-47).Illustrations: with dummy as only reference, pp. 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 26, 27, 32, 33 are missing. Pen and ink on light board and heavy paper (indicated), with paste-on text. Overlay drawings in ink.
1968
3 3 Magic Heart, by Jan Wahl. New York: Seabury Press, 1973
Note from publisher to artist.Dummy: complete. Pencil sketches with taped-on text. Pp. 1-3, 48 in pen. 48 pp.Illustrations: with dummy as only reference, pp, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 20, 21 are missing. Pen and ink with wash on heavy paper. Taped-on text. Overlay drawings in pencil.
1973
3 4 The Man Who Loved Books, by Jean Fritz. New York: J. P. Putnam, 1981
Two notes from publisher to artist.Jacket sketch: ink and water color on heavy paper. Semi-opaque paper cover.Book flaps pasted onto cardboard. Four overlays.Dust jacket.Complete unbound finished book.Illustrations: pp. 40, 41 missing. Pen and ink on light board with paste-on text. Overlay drawings in ink.
1981
4 1 Meet Guguze, by Spiridon Vanghelin, trans. by Miriam Morton. Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley, 1977
Note from translator to artist.Promotional poster.
1977
4 1 Moonsinger, by Clyde Robert Bulla. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1969
Three proof sheets with eleven full-color drawings.
1969
4 1 Mystery at St. Martins, by Judith St. George. Putnam, 1979
Dust jacket.Cover illustration: pen and ink and paint on light board. Matted, with a semi-opaque paper cover.
1979
4 2 The Popular Girls Club, by Phyllis Krasilovsky. Simon and Schuster, 1972
Jacket sketch: pen and watercolor on heavy paper.Illustrations: probably complete; no finished book available for comparison. Pen on heavy paper.
1972
4 2 Princess Rosetta and the Popcorn Man, retold by Ellin Greene. Lothrop, Lee and Shepherd, 1971
Jacket sketch: pen and ink and watercolor on semi-opaque paper, with semi-opaque paper cover.Dummy: complete. Pencil sketches with taped-on text. 48 pp. Illustrations: with dummy as only reference, pp. 2, 3, 5, 7-10, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 26, 27, 29, 30, 36, 38-40, 42, 43, 45, 46 are missing. Pen and ink on light board. cover illustration. Five overlays (ink).
1971
4 3 The Quitting Deal, by Toni Tobias. Viking, 1975
Illustration: frontispiece, title page, and pp. 6, 7, 16, 17 are missing.Pen and ink on heavy paper with semi-opaque paper covers. Overlay drawings in pencil.Text is on separate proof sheets with shooting information on semi-opaque paper covers.Text missing for pp. 8, 9, 16, 17, 19-21, 30-32.
1975
4 4 Sarah and Katie, by Dori White. Harper Row, 1972
Illustrations: probably complete; no finished book available for comparison.Pencil on light board.
1972
4 4 Sir Mac Hinery, by Tom McGowen. Chicago: Pallet, 1970
Dust jacket.
1970
4 5 South Star, by Betsy Gould Hearne. New York: Atheneum, 1977
Note re: missing illustrations.Offset reproduction order taped to board.Reshoot pages: one for each chapter illustration.Reproduction proofs of complete text, including illustrations. 87 pp.Illustrations: chapters 2 and 6 missing. Pen and ink and pencil drawings on parchment, taped to thin cardboard.Overlays provide borders for section of drawing to be used at chapter heading.
1977
4 6 Take It or Leave It, by Osmond Molarsky. Walck, 1971
Jacket sketch: pen and ink, and watercolor on semi-opaque paper.Illustrations: pen and ink and pencil on acetate. May be complete; no complete text available for comparison.
1971
4 7 Tight Times, by Barbara Shook Hazen. New York: Viking, 1979
Note from publisher to artist.Production materials from Centron Films for the "Reading Rainbow" television series. These are shooting instructions on semi-opaque paper. 16 sheets.Copies of illustrations. Made before Centron Films received original illustrations. 35 pp.Illustrations: complete. Pen and ink on acetate with tissue paper covers. Paste-on text on attached cardboard sheets.Overlay drawings in pencil. See acquisition folder, letter from artist for more information on drawings' condition.
1979
4 8 The Walking Stones, by Mollie Hunter. New York: Harper Row, 1970
Illustrations: only cover illustration is missing. Pen and ink on light board.
1970
4 8 The Wanderers, by Elizabeth Coatsworth. Four Winds Press, 1973
Note to artist.Proofs: 6 pp.; two drawings per page. One proof-two boys sitting and talking--is of a missing drawing.Illustrations: at least two drawings missing; no finished book available for comparison.Pen and ink on light board.
1973
4 8 The Watchers, by Jane Louise Curry. Atheneum, 1975
Illustrations: may be complete; no finished book available for comparison.Pen and ink and pencil on heavy paper.
1975
4 9 Who Says So? by Paula Hendrich. New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepherd, 1972
Dust Jacket.Illustrations: pencil on light board with paste-on text and semi-opaque paper covers.
1972
5 1 Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz. New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1974
Illustrations: pencil, pen and ink on light board.Paste-on text on overlays; one per drawing; overlays transparent. All are matted.
1974
5 2-3 Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz, New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1976
Dummy: complete.Pencil sketches with paste-on text.Notes in margins. 48 pp.Dust jacket, matted.Bound, finished book.Illustrations: p. 12, 13 missing. Pencil, pen and ink on heavy paper with paste-on text. All are matted. Overlay drawings in pencil follow each matted illustration.
1976
6 1 Witch Poems, edited by Daisy Wallace. New York: Holiday House, 1976
Proof sheet: incomplete.Copies of title page and art, some with paste-ups; copies of pp. 3, 5, 12, 17, 18, 19.Illustrations: brush, and pen and ink, on textured heavy paper.
1976
6 2 The Writing on the Hearth, by Cynthia Harnett. Viking, 1973
Two pieces of writing: ink on acetate, taped to light board, with semi-opaque paper covers-with shooting instructions.
1973
6 2 Greeting cards: fourteen cards published by Pawprints, Inc
6 2 Fable cards: twenty-five cards published by Open Court Publishing Co
6 2 Miscellaneous

Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Hyman, Trina Schart
  • Subject Terms :
  • Illustrated children's books--United States
  • Illustration of books--United States--20th century
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Women illustrators--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations

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