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Born September 20, 1888 in Hungary, Miska Petersham came to the U.S. in 1912. He met Maud Fuller (born August 5, 1890) when both were working for the advertising agency International Art Service in New York, and they were married in 1917. Their first book was published in 1929, and they went on to have lengthy careers as authors and illustrators of children's books. They won the Caldecott Medal in 1946 for
The Rooster Crows: A Book of Children's Rhymes and Jingles. Miska Petersham died May 15, 1960. Maud Petersham died November 29, 1971.
Collection comprises children's book and other illustrations by artists Maud and Miska Petersham, including illustrations from
The American ABC,
Off to Bed, and
When I Grow Up. Collection also includes galley proofs of
The American ABC and a rough dummy of
Off to Bed
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[Identification of item], Maud and Miska Petersham Illustrations, Ax 534, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
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Detailed Description of the Collection
The American ABC. Macmillan, 1946
Bound dummy, 56 pages, with galley proofs of text pasted up
First proofs of 20 illustrations, black/white and color and cover design
16 rough sketches
A Bird in the Hand; Sayings From Poor Richard's Almanack, by Benjamin Franklin. Macmillan, 1951
Proofs of three color lithograph illustrations
Moses. From the Story Told in the Old Testament. Winston, 1938
Two first proofs of color lithograph illustrations
Off to Bed. 7 Stories for Wide-awakes. Macmillan, 1954
Rough dummy, 32 pages, with galley proofs of text pasted up (Title on dummy: TO BED WE GO)
26 rough sketches and cover sketch
One proof of illustration
Pinocchio, by C. Collodi
Color proof of jacket illustration, two different versions
Three color proofs; one black/white proof of illustrations
Ruth. From the Story Told in the Old Testament. Winston, 1938
One first proof of lithograph illustration
The Story Book of Rice. Winston, 1936
Round dummy, 32 pages, with galley proofs of text pasted up
Rough sketches for 22 pages (many are double page spreads)
Tales from Shakespeare, by Charles and Mary Lamb. Macmillan
Page proofs for title and half-title pages
When I Grow Up. (Rejected manuscript and dummy)
Bound dummy, 64 pages, with original typed copy pasted up
Miscellaneous illustrations (Unidentified)
Proof, blue/white of animals- fairy tale
"Uses of Ben-day process," two color proofs and two sketches mounted on single sheet