Guide to the Kurt Wiese Papers
1929-1962

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wiese, Kurt, 1887-1974
Title: Kurt Wiese papers
Dates: 1929-1962 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 20.0 linear feet (12 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 445
Summary: Collection comprises mostly artwork by artist and writer Kurt Wiese, including early photograph albums, sketchbooks, book illustrations and other art, dust jackets, correspondence, manuscripsts, published books, greeting cards, and proofs. Collection includes illustrations for House with Red Sails; Freddy the Cowboy; The Chinese Ink Stick; and The Parrot Dealer.
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

Kurt Wiese was born April 22, 1887, in Minden, Germany and died May 27, 1974, in Idell, New Jersey. He married Gertrude Hansen (a realtor), June 26, 1930. He was a Freelance writer and illustrator of books, including almost four hundred books by other authors.

Content Description

The collection includes various illustrations from a number of different works.

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.

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Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Kurt Wiese Papers, Ax 445, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Illustrations
  • Addenda 1: Illustrations
  • Addenda 2: Illustrations
  • Addenda 3: Illustrations
  • Addenda 4: Illustrations
  • Addenda 5: Illustrations
  • Addenda 6: Illustrations
  • Addenda 7: Illustrations
  • Addenda 8: Miscellaneous

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by 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

Illustrations
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 Adelson, Leone. House with Red Sails. McKay, 1951
Blueprint proof of cover and ink with watercolor sketch of cover, 20 ink illustrations.
1 2 Bro, Marguerite H. Su-Mei's Golden Year. Messner, 1950
3 ink illustrations
1 3 Brooks, Walter Rollins. Freddy the Cowboy. Knopf, 1950
16 ink illustrations
1 4 Clymer, Eleanor. Mr. Piper's Bus. Dodd, Mead, 1961
38 ink illustrations
1 5 Hayes, Florence. Eskimo Hunter. Random House, 1945
11 ink and crayon illustrations. Watercolor and ink sketch for jacket (titled Alaskan Hunter)
1 6 Hall, William Norman. The Walking Hat. Knopf, 1950
28 ink illustrations
1 7 Klutch, M.S. Mr. 2 of Everything. Coward McCann, 1946
Jacket and title page and 16 ink, crayon illustrations.
1 8 Malone, Mary. Here's Howie. Dodd, Mead, 1962
54 ink illustrations. Acetates for color separation for jacket and jacket drawing, ink.
1 9 Mason, Miriam E. Hoppity. Macmillan, 1947
43 ink illustrations
1 10 Norris, Faith and Peter Lumn. Kim of Korea. Messner, 1955
28 ink illustrations and jacket design. Dust jacket.
1 11 Stong, Philip Duffield. Phil Stong's Big Book; Farm Boy, High Water and No-aitch, the Hound. Dodd, Mead, 1961
Set of Acetates for color separation.
1 12 Wiese, Kurt. You Can Write Chinese. Viking Press, 1945
Illustrations for cover and 61 pages, ink. In dummy layout, with pasted up galleys of text.
1 13 108 ink illustrations for Aesop's Fables, done for the Beagle story. 44 ink and crayon illustrations
1 14 [Moon story]. Dutton
13 ink and crayon illustrations.
1 15 Various proofs of artwork
3 sheets of rough pencil sketches

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Addenda 1: Illustrations
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 1 Andrews, Roy Chapman. Quest of the Snow Leopard. Viking, 1955. Ink illustrations for 19 pages and endpapers
2 2 Brooks, Walter Rollins. 53 ink illustrations for various Freddy books
2 3 Clark, Ann Nolan. World Song. Viking, 1960. 11.E ink illustrations
2 4 DeJong, Meindert. Bells of the Harbor. Harper and Brothers, 1941
2 5 Hawkins, Quail. Too Many Dogs. Holiday House, 1946. 5 ink illustrations and jacket illustration
2 6 Lin run T'ang. With Love and Irony. John Day, 1940. 16 ink illustrations
2 7 Oldrin, John. Chipmunk Terrace. Viking, 1958. Pencil drawing for jacket
2 8 The Round Meadow. Viking, 1951. Pencil illustrations for 41 pages
2 9 Shorter, Bani. India's Children. Viking, 1960. Ink illustrations with acetate overlays, 11 pages. Two jacket designs, gouache
2 10 Smither, Ethel L. First To Be Called Christians. Abingdon, 1955. 18 ink illustrations
2 11 Later Old Testament Stories. Abingdon, 1956. 14 ink illustrations
2 12 Stories of Jesus. Abingdon, 1954. 10 ink illustrations and endpaper illustration
2 13 Tompkins, Jane. The Penguin Twins. Lippincott, 1939. Two charcoal drawings
2 14 The Snowshoe Twins. Stokes, 1941. Ink illustration for jacket
2 15 Voight, Virginia F. The Rolling Show. Holiday, 1956. Ink illustration for jacket
2 16 Waldeck, Jo Besse McElveen. Jungle Journey. Viking, 1946. Ink illustrations for 17 pages; 10 ink illustrations matted and mounted
2 17 Waldeck, Theodore. Lions on the Hunt. Viking, 1942. 3 ink drawings
2 18 Wiese, Kurt. The Cunning Turtle. Viking, 1956. Ink-illustrations for 26 pages and endpaper
2 19 Liang and Lo, 3 watercolor drawings
2 20 Good wind and good water, 2 ink illustrations

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Addenda 2: Illustrations
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
3 1 Bishop, Claire Huchet. Twenty-two bears. New York, Viking, 1964
16 color separations. (Includes text, title page, jacket, and end papers)
3 2 Brooks, Walter Rollin, 1886- . [Freddy drawings] [Note Brooks' series of Freddy books includes over twenty titles.]
19 ink drawings
3 3 Brooks, Walter Rollin, 1886- . Wiggins for president. New York, Knopf, 1939
1 drawing
3 4 Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910- . The streamlined pig. New York, Harpers, 1938
7 ink illustrations with wash. 1 tracing for title page
3 5 De Jong, Meinder, 1910- . Dirk's dog Bello. New York, Harpers, 1939
1 map. 29 charcoal illus
3 6 Eldridge, Mrs. Ethel J. Yen-Foh, a Chinese boy. Chicago, Whitman, 1935
12 ink illus
3 7 The Gate Swings In. [A story appearing on the children's page of a Boston newspaper, 1937]
5 ink drawings
3 8 Henry, Marguerite, 1902- Australia in story and pictures. Chicago,Whitman, 1946
2 colored pencil illus
3 9 Holton, Priscilla (Mrs. Clarence Allen Neff). The blue junk. Longmens, Green, n.d
2 ink illustrations Jacket illustrations wash
3 10 Jackson, Charlotte E. (Mrs. Joseph Henry Jackson). Tito, the pig of Guatemala. New York, Dodd, Mead, 1940
7 sheets with 31 ink illustrations, 3 being double page, 4 with water color
3 11 King, Julius. Odle seeks a friend. New York, Coward-McCann, 1934
16 ink illustrations with text pasted up
3 12 Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936. All the Mowgli stories. New York, Doubleday, Doran, 1936
8 ink drawings. 1 water color
3 13 The jungle book. New York, Doubleday, Doran, 1932
4 crayon illustrations 1 watercolor
3 14 LaRue, Mabel Scudder (Guinnip) (Mrs. Daniel Wolford LaRue). The seven Tooseys. London, Th. Nelson, n.d.
11 ink illus
3 15 The Tooseys. London, Th. Nelson, 1939
10 ink illus
3 16 Lips, Julius Ernst, 1895- . Tents in the wilderness; the story of a Labrador Indian boy. New York, Stokes, 1942
2 crayon illustrations 3 ink illus
3 17 Mitchell, Lucy Sprague, 1878- . North America; the land they live in for the children who live there. New York, Macmillan, 1931.
56 ink drawings. 2 water color trial jackets. 2 water color illus
3 18 Mansell, Helen Albee. Paddy's Christmas. New York, Knopf, 1942
28 ink illustrations 2 water color tracings of jacket
3 19 Osborne, Nancy Cabot. Good wind and good water. New York, Viking, 1934
2 maps. 21 ink illus
3 20 Paschang, John sinus, 1895- . Dragon treasure. New York, Longmans, Green, 1932
3 ink illus
3 21 Robinson, Thomas Pendleton, 1878- . Mr. Red Squirrel. New York, Viking, 1945
2 ink drawings. 3 sheets of proofs
3 22 Ross, Margaret Isabel, 1897- . Back of time, New York, Harper, 1932
26 crayon drawings. 1 map
3 23 Stong, Philip Duffield, 1889-195? Farm boy; a hunt for Indian treasure. New York, Doubleday, 1934
1 crayon tracing
3 24 Tompkins, Jane. Moo-Wee, the musk-ox. New York, Stokes, 1938
1 crayon illus
3 25 The penguin twins. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1939
16 crayon illustrations 1 pen illus
3 26 The polar bear twins. New York, Stokes, 1937
21 crayon illus
3 27 The raccoon twins. New York, Stokes, 1942
2 ink with gouache illustrations 1 dust jacket proof
3 28 The snowshoe twins. New York, Stokes, 1941
1 crayon illus
3 29 Waldeck, Theodore J. Jamba, the elephant. New York, Viking, 1942
1 ink illustrations Jacket illustrations (ink) with color separations
3 30 Wiese, Kurt. The Chinese ink stick. New York, Doubleday, Doran, 1929
8 ink illus
3 31 The groundhog and his shadow. New York,_ Viking, 1959
10 color separations with text pasted up. Jacket watercolor illustrations with color separations. 1 ink illus
3 32 Karoo the kangaroo. New York, Coward-McCann, 1929
17 charcoal illustrations 1 end papers, ink. 2 dust jackets, water color and ink
3 33 Liang & Lo. New York, Doubleday, Doran, 1930. [Graphics assisted by William Glaser]
4 water color illustrations 3 ink and charcoal illustrations 4 ink and wash illustrations 1 title page, ink and water color
3 34 Wiese, Kurt. The parrot dealer. New York, Coward-McCann, 1932
ink illustrations, 4 with overlays. 1 dust jacket, ink with water color
3 35 . Wallie the walrus. New York, Coward-McCann, 1938
22 charcoal illustrations 1 ink illus
3 36 Wood, Esther, 1905- . (Mrs. George W. Brady). Silk and satin lane. London, Longmans, Green, 1939
52 ink drawings. 1 dust jacket illustrations, ink

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Addenda 3: Illustrations
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 1 Carver, Saxon Rowe. Give a full pound
Dust jacket designs. 2 versions. watercolor
4 2 Hayes, Florence. Eskimo hunter. Random House, 1945
Dust jacket design. watercolor. (titled Alaskan hunter)
4 3 Kipling, Rudyard . The jungle book. Doubleday, Doran, 1932.
Dust jacket design. oil
4 4 O'Brien, John Sherman, 1898-1938 (Jack.) Silver Chief's revenge. Winston, 1954
Dust jacket design. watercolor
4 5 Parke, John. Amos, the beagle with a plan. New York, Pantheon, 1953
Dust jacket design. rough. crayon, ink and watercolor. Dust jacket design. gouache
4 6 Unidentified
Two horses. watercolor. Cat on windowseat looking at cat outside. 2 versions. watercolor, and gouache, and crayon

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Addenda 4: Illustrations
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
5 1 Joe buys nails. Updated versions, not published Ink. All approx. 11 x 13 1/14 unless otherwise noted
Endpapers. 9 1/2 x 20. Title page. p. 1, 2, 3, 4, 61 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28,29, 30, 30,* 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 148, 149, 5o, 51, 52, 53, 54. *There are two page 30,s. 50 drawings
5 2 Aesop's fables
1 print
5 3 Sketchbooks
TV Sketches. Ink, ink and wash. Figure studies. Ink, ink and wash, pencil. Sketches for book illustrations: Ink, pencil, pastel
5 4 Water crayon (pastel with water wash)
Deer leaping. 12 1/2 x 16 1/2. 1
5 5 Hand rendered greeting card. 1

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Addenda 5: Illustrations
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
6 1 Sketchbooks
6 2 Magazine Illustrations
Story Parade. Cover illustrations. Water color on board. 7 x 10

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Addenda 6: Illustrations
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
6 1 Sketchbooks. Various media (charcoal, pencil, ink, crayon, and watercolor)
6 2 Published books with illustrations by Kurt Wiese
The Return of Silver Chief. By Jack O'Brien. Winston, 1943. Dust jacket. Silver Chief to the rescue. By Jack O'Brien. Winston, 1937. Dust jacket. Three sisters. By Cornelia Spencer. John Day, 1939. Valiant, dog of the Timberline. By Jack O'Brien. Winston, 1935. Dust jacket

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Addenda 7: Illustrations
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
7 1 Sketchbooks
7 2 Magazine illustrations

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Addenda 8: Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
8 1 Sketchbooks
8 2 Travel diary
8 3 Sketches from sketchbooks
occasionally watercolor. birds 12, animals 7, boats 3, people mostly groups 7, pastoral 6
8 4 Dust jackets (original sketch, crayon, ink, watercolor; if not, indicated as proof)
8 5 Magazine cover: New Jersey Outdoors. February, 1954
8 6 Etchings, unsigned, unless otherwise indicated
8 7 Manuscript
The picture story of Brazil. 3 versions The truffle pig. 4pp holograph
8 8 Correspondence
David McKay Co. (Rose Dobbs) 33 letters received, 2 enclosures Viking. 4 letters received, 1 enclosure
8 9 Greeting Cards (6) and letterhead (1) designed by KW
8 10 Proofs
Donkey beads, Fables of Aesop, Freddy series, Silver Chief series, Washington state picture book misc
8 11 Brochure
Metropolitan Newspaper Service, New York: Hobbs and Hink Adventures, Inc
8 12 Miscellaneous: 1 folder, including two story outlines
(Poodle dog in circus; St. Bernard on Bridge Street, Lambertville?), miscellaneous publicity. 18 items
9 13 Photographs
Album fragment, apparently KW's business period in China, prior to internment in Australia during WWI, 1912-1915. Album, Trial Bay, Australia, 1916-1918. Portraits and a play or plays in internment camp
9 14 Original illustrations, arranged alphabetically by title, all in pen and ink
9 15 Art for art's sake

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Wiese, Kurt, 1887-1974
  • Wiese, Kurt, 1887-1974---Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors--20th century
  • Children's literature--Illustrations
  • Illustrated children's books--United States
  • Illustrated children's books--United States--Specimens
  • Illustrators--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Photographs
    • Sketchbooks

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