Guide to the Robert C. Frankenberg Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Frankenberg, Robert C.
Title: Robert C. Frankenberg papers
Dates: 1957-1963 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (1 container)
Collection Number: Coll 042
Summary: Robert Clinton Frankenberg (1911-2001) was a book illustrator. He was trained at the Art Students League in New York City and began teaching at the School of Visual Arts in 1947. He has illustrated many books for children that appear in the collection. The collection contains various illustrations and detailed working notes.
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

Robert Clinton Frankenberg (1911-2001) was trained at the Art Students League in New York City and began teaching at the School of Visual Arts in 1947. He later became an Administrator at the School of Visual Arts. Much of his work has appeared in a variety of leading American magazines. In 1984, he won the school's Annual Distinguished Artist-Teacher of the Year Award.

Content Description

The Robert Clinton Frankenberg Papers are particularly outstanding for the detailed notes and information provided by the artist. He explains his techniques, the processes used by the printer and publisher, and significant and/or unusual facts in regard to specific illustrations. His work shows careful research and attention to detail; he is flexible in style, equally capable of rendering the humorous scenes in The Lucky Laceys, the formality of the coronation in Queen Victoria or the action and intensity of Florence Nightingale.

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], Robert Clinton Frankenberg Papers, Coll 042, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Art Work (Book Related)
  • Art Work (Non-Book Related)

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff.

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

Art Work (Book Related)
1 All Aboard for Tin Cup 1962
1 Bacon’s Rebellion
1 Cherokee Animal Tales 1968
1 The Chicanos 1971
1 The Cossacks 1959
1 Eskimos: People of Alaska 1970
1 Fifty Five Fathers: The Story of the Constitutional Convention
1 Florence Nightingale 1960
1 Glooscap: Great Chief of the Wabanaki 1963
1 Great Men of Medicine 1961
1 The Lucky Laceys 1962
1 Makon and the Dauphin 1961
1 Mark Twain on the Mississippi 1957
1 McBroom’s Ghost 1971
1 Owls in the Family 1961
1 Queen Victoria 1958
1 The Tail of Alain 1960

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Art Work (Non–Book Related)
1 Colonial life in New York
1 Dance of Indian Warriors
1 Fight in Frontier Garrison
1 Frontier Scene
1 Sketchbooks: Studies of people, animals and their movement
1 Sketchbooks: Studies of animals, carriages, trees, western scenes, and medieval scenes
1 Information Sheets: basic layouts, explanations, methods procedures

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Illustrations
  • Illustrated children's books--United States--Specimens
  • Illustration of books--United States--20th century
  • Illustrators--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations

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