Guide to the Maud and Miska Petersham Illustrations

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Petersham, Maud Fuller, 1890-1971Petersham, Miska, 1888-1960
Title: Maud and Miska Petersham illustrations
Dates: 1930-1958 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 534
Summary: Collection comprises illustrations by artists Maud and Miska Petersham for children's books, including The American ABC, Off to Bed and When I Grow Up, as well as related galley proofs and mock-ups.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068

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

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.

Content Description

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

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Maud and Miska Petersham Illustrations, Ax 534, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is arranged by title of work.

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

Book illustrations
The American ABC. Macmillan, 1946 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 1951
Proofs of three color lithograph illustrations
Moses. From the Story Told in the Old Testament. Winston, 1938 1938
Two first proofs of color lithograph illustrations
Off to Bed. 7 Stories for Wide-awakes. Macmillan, 1954 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 1938
One first proof of lithograph illustration
The Story Book of Rice. Winston, 1936 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 undated
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
18 sketches
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
Ten drawings of mice and rabbits on two sheets

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Addenda, December 1969
Book illustrations
Irving, Washington. Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. (Macmillan, 1951)
Ink illustration and overlay: "He found the house gone to decay." #12. 9x8,. Signed
Ink illustration and overlay: "What is your name, my good woman?". #14. 9-x6. Signed
The Ark of Father Noah and Mother Noah. (Doubleday, 1930)
Watercolor: Noah and Mrs. Noah counting insects. ll x l2
The Boy Who Had No Heart. (Macmillan, 1955)
Pencil drawing: Doctor examining boy. 10 x 12. Signed
Joseph and His Brothers. (Macmillan, 1958)
Crayon: the brothers in Egypt. 12 x 8. Signed
Miki and Mary. (Viking, 1934)
Crayon: Venice. p.35. 12x9. Signed
Moses. (Macmillan, 1958)
Crayon: Moses smiting the rock. 12 x 8. Signed. Note to printer on verso
The Peppernuts. (Macmillan, 1958)
Pencil drawing and overlay: boy sitting on bed. 9x8. Signed
The Rooster Crows. (Macmillan, 1945)
Pencil drawing: boy getting hair cut. 8x9. Signed
The Silver Mace: a Story of Williamsburg. (Macmillan, 1956)
Pencil drawing, 3 color overlays: group of three children. p. 17. 10-Qx9. Signed

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Addenda, January 1971
Book illustrations
The Rooster Crows. (Macmillan, 1945)
8 x 10. Pencil. 2 on 1 sheet. Girl in bed, girl getting up. p. 59
The Story of Ruth
13 x 16 1/4. 4 women and child. Colored pencil with watercolor highlights
Family aboard ship
2 versions. Black and white, stone lithograph. Hand colored sepia stone lithograph

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's literature, American
  • Illustrated children's books--United States
  • Illustration of books--United States--20th century
  • Illustrators--United States
  • Women illustrators--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations
    • Manuscripts for publication

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