Guide to the Harvé Stein Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Stein, Harvé, 1904-
Title: Harvé Stein papers
Dates: 1941-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear foot (1 container)
Collection Number: Ax 729
Summary: Harvé Stein was an artist and illustrator of children's books who worked primarily in watercolors. The collection contains correspondence, 1941-1970, and original illustrations for two books, The First Book of the California Goldrush, by Walter Havinghurst (Franklin Watts, 1962), and Galileo and the Magic Numbers, by Sidney Rosen (Little, Brown, 1958).
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

Harvé Stein was born in 1904 in Chicago, Illinois. He was educated at The Art Institute of Chicago and Académie Julian in Paris; which is a private studio school for art students. Stein was a painter and illustrator with his medium of choice being watercolor. He also was a member of the Art Students League of New York and is most famous for his illustrations of children's literature.

Content Description

The Harvé Stein Papers contain correspondence and the original art and illustrations for two books: The First Book of the California Goldrush and Galileo and the Magic by Numbers.

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.

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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], Harvé Stein Papers, Ax 729, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Correspondence

Series: The First Book of the California Goldrush; Original illustrations by Harvé Stein

Series: Galileo and the Magic by Numbers: Original illustrations by Harvé Stein

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Harvé Stein in 1975.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff, August 2006.

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

Correspondence, Incoming
SC 1 Abingdon- Cokesbury Press. (Edith Patterson Meyer) 1947
SC 1 Child Life. (Edwin Snyder, Wilna K. McFarland) 1941-1943
SC 1 Dieckmann, Edward A 1943
SC 1 Grosset & Dunlap. (A. P. Tedesco) 1952
SC 1 Hardy, Howard undated
SC 1 Houghton Mifflin (Walter Lorraine) 1970
SC 1 Junior Literary Guild. (Helen Ferris) 1946
SC 1 Kubie, Nora Benjamin 1946
SC 1 Little, Brown. (Helen L. Jones) 1954
SC 1 Locklin, Anne Littlefield 1943
SC 1 Meadowcraft, Enid Lamonte 1951
SC 1 Mitchell College. (Dorothy Stewart) 1956
SC 1 Raddell, Thomas H 1945
SC 1 Society of Illustrators. (Carl Bobertz) 1955
SC 1 Taylor, Florence W 1944
SC 1 Weir, Ruth 1951
SC 1 Wellesley College Library. (Hannah Freud) 1949
SC 1 Wilson, Edward A 1954-1955

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The First Book of the California Gold Rush; Original illustrations by Harvé Stein, 1962

All are pen and ink with acetate overlay.

SC 1 End sheets. Left side of a sailing ship, right side a covered wagon
SC 1 Title Page, pp. iv-v. Sketch of miners at work
SC 1 Pp. vi, Broken wagon wheel
SC 1 Pp. viii-1. Sketch of a wagon train with riders
SC 1 Pp. 2-3. Sketch of a miner at a slough
SC 1 Pp. 5. Two male figures: Sutter and Marshall
SC 1 Pp. 6-7. Sketch of mining camp with a standing male figure
SC 1 Pp. 8 and 14. Sketch of mountains
SC 1 Pp. 9. Sketch of figure on horseback in town
SC 1 Pp. 10-11. Sketch of Gold rush with wagons and horses
SC 1 Pp. 13. Sketch of a miner at work
SC 1 Pp. 16. Map of the Gold Regions of California
SC 1 Pp. 18-19. Sketch of a Sailing Ship at Sea
SC 1 Pp. 21. Sketch of two seated, one standing male figure
SC 1 Pp. 23. Sketch of steamboat
SC 1 Pp. 24. Sketch of crowd reading a poster
SC 1 Pp. 27. Sketch of Four men singing
SC 1 Pp. 28-29. Sketch of two sailing ships at sea
SC 1 Pp. 31. Sketch of a stage coach
SC 1 Pp. 33. Sketch of a speaker and a crowd
SC 1 Pp. 34-35. Sketch of a wagon train
SC 1 Pp. 37. Sketch of three miners
SC 1 Pp. 39. Sketch of a mining town
SC 1 Pp. 41. Sketch of two miners
SC 1 Pp. 43. Sketch of The Niantic Hotel and other buildings
SC 1 Pp. 44-45. Sketch of a crowd scene with buildings
SC 1 Pp. 46. Sketch of two horseback riders and a steer
SC 1 Pp. 49. Sketch of a mountain canyon
SC 1 Pp. 51. Sketch of a miner in a stream with three figures in the background
SC 1 Pp. 52-53. Sketch of a cattle drive with a man on horseback
SC 1 Pp. 54-55. Sketch of a wagon train
SC 1 Pp. 56. Sketch with a scene of a dam
SC 1 Pp. 58-59. Sketch of a ghost town
SC 1 Paste-up of book with pencil sketches in two colors, 43 pages in double the page size 11" by 17."
SC 1 Dust jacket. Front is a miner with a mule, back is image of mining tools

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Galileo and the Magic by Numbers, 1958
Subseries A: Original art
SC 1 Frontispiece. Sketch of Ricci feeling his pulse using pen and ink on illustration board
SC 1 Pp. 39. Sketch of doublespread montage of Galileo's youth using pen and ink on illustration board
SC 1 Pp. 136 A doublespread montage of Galileo explaining his inventions using pen and ink on illustration board
SC 1 A dust jacket of Galileo standing with watercolor on illustration board and acetate overlay
Subseries B: Sketches
SC 1 A dust jacket with watercolor on poster board with visible size notations by the artist
SC 1 Frontispiece. Ink on paper. 5" by 11"
SC 1 Copyright page. Pencil on paper of a diagram of heavenly bodies. 3. 25" by 6. 5"
SC 1 Dedication page. Pencil on paper image of protractor. 3. 25" by 4"
SC 1 P. 39 Ink on paper. 10. 25" by 15"
SC 1 P. 136 Ink on paper. 10. 5" by 15"
Subseries C: Dust jacket
SC 1 Dust Jacket. Front image of Galileo, back image of a protractor
SC 1 "The Illustrator Explains," by Harvé Stein. American Artist. Vol. 22, No. 2, p. 35 February 1958
Subseries D: Single-frame Cartoon
SC 1 Two seated figured, one male and one female drawn in pen and ink on illustration board. 7" by 8"
SC 1 Print of cartoon with caption. Paper. 3" by 4"

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  • Personal Names :
  • Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642--Juvenile literature
  • Stein, Harvé,1904---Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • California--Gold discoveries--Juvenile literature
  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Illustrations
  • Illustrators--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations

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