Guide to the Pers Crowell Papers
1946-1973

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Crowell, Pers, 1910-1965
Title: Pers Crowell papers
Dates: 1946-1973 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 7.75 linear feet (10 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 228
Summary: Pers Crowell (1910- 1965) was an illustrator of books for children and a painter of western scenes. The collection includes book manuscripts, art, and correspondence.
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

Pers Crowell, 1910- 1965, was born in Eastern Washington and was greatly influenced by the rural geography of his small town which instilled his passion for horses. He graduated from Pasco High School and studied at the Phoenix Art Institute and later attended Chouinard's in Los Angeles. He worked at an advertising agency in Portland, Oregon, where his relationship with horses were a vital element in his daily life as well as in his artistic career and thus soon became his primary artistic subject.

McGraw-Hill published his first book in 1945 and four others followed--all about horses, in addition to the illustration of forty or more stories by other authors. Crowell spent his later years with his wife Donna living on a small farm near Beaverton, Oregon, raising Shetland ponies. He passed away in 1965.

Content Description

The collectioin contains primarily correspondence, original sketches and paintings, and published materials.

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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival 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], Pers Crowell Papers, Ax 228, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Books

Series: Addenda I, Illustrations

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Pers Crowell in 1965.

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

Books written and illustrated by Pers Crowell
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Beau Dare 1946
Box
Folder
1 1 Correspondence with McGraw- Hill editors, contained within a 2 inch clipped folder 1945-1947
1 1 Original pencil drawing of a mare and colt
1 2 Six Good Friends 1947
Box
Folder
1 2 Correspondence with McGraw- Hill editors, contained within a 2 inch clipped folder
1 2 Early drafts of original manuscript and final draft, included within same folder
1 3 The First Horseman 1948
Box
Folder
1 3 Correspondence with McGraw- Hill editors, contained within a 2 inch clipped folder 1948-1950
1 3 Two revised manuscripts included in 2 inch clipped folder
1 3 Light Horse Parade 1945-1949
Box
Folder
2 4 Correspondence with McGraw- Hill editors and equestrian personnel for research purposes
2 4 All contained within a 2 inch clipped folder
2 4 Manuscript, drafts of an article, outline for The First Horseman, Light Horse Parade, and notes for the Parade
2 4 Cavalcade of American Horses 1951
Box
Folder
2 4 3 page manuscript preface for book
2 1 Correspondence
2 1 What Can a Horse Do 1954
Box
Folder
2 2 Correspondence 1954
2 2 The Thought Book 1959
Box
Folder
2 3 Correspondence with Whittlesey House who rejected the book
2 3 Manuscript with extensive revisions
SC 1 3 Beau Dare Sketches and illustrations of various medias 1946

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Addenda I, Illustrations, October 1969
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
SC 1 Big Bad Bear
Box
SC 1 14 rough pencil sketches
SC 1 6 colored pencil drawings on three sheets
SC 1 5 gouache illustrations
SC 6 Young Bill Fargo
SC 6 Rough sketches on tracing paper and mock-up illustrations on matte board
SC 1 Cavalcade of American Horses 1951
Box
SC 1 9 ink sketches
SC 1 20 ink sketches
SC 1 15 watercolor illustrations
SC 1 6 watercolor plates
SC 1 1 photograph
SC 1 2 proofs
SC 1 7 maps, charts, diagrams, etc
SC 1 1 tracing, suggested title page layout
SC 1 1 chalk for Sunday Oregonian, copy as published, and short article written to feature this book March 16, 1952
SC 1 Cherokee Bill 1952
Box
SC 1 2 rough pencil sketches
SC 1 4 ink drawings
SC 2 Christmas Horse 1949
Box
SC 2 3 ink with gouache illustrations
SC 2 1 jacket layout with overlay
SC 2 10 pencil and ink illustrations
SC 2 The First Horseman 1948
Box
SC 2 6 pencil sketches
SC 2 4 ink illustrations
SC 2 1 dust jacket
SC 2 2 photographs
SC 2 Ghost Mare 1949
Box
SC 2 1 watercolor dust jacket layout
SC 2 2 endpapers versions, watercolor
SC 2 Golden Cloud, Palomino of Sunset Hill 1950
Box
SC 2 1 ink drawing, title spot
SC 2 1 rough pencil sketch, frontispiece
SC 2 1 ink drawing, frontispiece
SC 2 1 dust jacket layout, watercolor
SC 2 Golden Cloud in Texas
Box
SC 2 1 pencil sketch, dust jacket
SC 2 1 proof, dust jacket
SC 2 Golden Mare 1955
Box
SC 2 11 rough sketches, pencil, or pencil and ink
SC 2 3 watercolor sketches
SC 2 2 watercolor sketches
SC 2 4 watercolor sketches
SC 2 2 watercolor sketches
SC 2 1 watercolor sketch
SC 2 2 proofs
SC 2 2 dust jacket, preliminary sketches, not used
SC 2 1 dust jacket illustration with overlay
SC 2 Horses are for Warriors 1954
Box
SC 2 17 rough pencil or ink sketches
SC 2 12 proof sheets
SC 2 1 endpapers illustrations watercolor
SC 2 Midnight Colt 1952
SC 2 Phantom Roan 1949
Box
SC 2 7 pencil sketches
Folder
SC 3 2 Horses, Horses, Horses 1949
Box
Folder
SC 3 2 1 dust jacket proof
SC 3 2 1 rough frontispiece, not used?
SC 3 2 17 rough layouts, ink
SC 3 2 18 finished ink sketches
SC 3 2 3 finished ink drawings, not used?
SC 3 2 1 ink frontispiece
SC 3 4, 5 Six Good Friends; a Story of Circus Horses 1947
Box
Folder
SC 3 4, 5 22 ink and watercolor sketches
SC 3 4, 5 Review
SC 3 6 Pitch in His Hair 1954
Box
Folder
SC 3 6 45 rough pencil sketches
SC 3 6 2 ink drawing
SC 3 6 2 proof sheets
SC 3 6 Dust jacket, 1st version, rough and watercolor
SC 3 6 Dust jacket, 2nd version, as published, 1 watercolor, 2 proofs
SC 3 6 1 latter from Marion V. Ridgeway
SC 3 6 Running Horse
Box
Folder
SC 3 6 Dust jacket layout, watercolor with overlay
SC 3 6 Dust jacket layout. Final artwork, watercolor
SC 3 3 Skylark Farm 1950
Box
Folder
SC 3 3 7 pencil drawings
SC 3 3 The Thought Book 1959
Box
Folder
SC 4 1 Pasted up dummy with sketches and printed text
SC 4 2 Galley proofs
SC 4 3 Manuscript version 1
SC 4 4 Manuscript version 2
SC 4 5 Manuscript version 3
SC 4 6 Manuscript final version
SC 4 7 Photo copy of set type (perhaps for use with dummy)
SC 4 8 64 preliminary sketches on tracing paper. Pencil and ink
SC 4 9 Dust jackets. 2 sketches, 2 ink and watercolor for separation process, 1 proof, 1 copy of jacket as published
SC 4 9 23 drawings, pencil and/ or ink, some with wash, all with overlays
SC 5 2 2 chalk and watercolor illustrations
SC 5 2 36 drawings, pencil and/ or ink, some with wash
SC 6 1 What Can a Horse Do? 1954
SC 6 1 Magazine illustrations
SC 6 1 1 ink and watercolor experiment for Paul Bunyan
SC 6 1 1 Story Parade cover, chalk, and as published
SC 6 1 2 untitled, 1 ink, and 1 pencil
SC 6 1 3 pencil sketches for Nicodemus, mascot
SC 6 1 4 tear sheets
SC 6 1 2 playing cards
SC 6 2 Unidentified book illustrations
SC 6 2 56 pencil and colored pencil sketches
SC 6 2 3 ink layouts
SC 6 2 23 pen and ink
SC 6 2 4 pen and ink illustrations
SC 6 2 3 watercolor illustrations
SC 6 2 1 ink with overlay
SC 6 3 Wendy Wanted a Pony 1951
Box
Folder
SC 6 3 10 ink drawings, 1 sketch
SC 6 4 4 watercolor illustrations
SC 6 4 17 sheets, mostly 2 page drawings, with color separations and text pasted on
SC 6 4 1 dust jacket with overlay, 1 rough watercolor sketch, 1 paste- up jacket text, 2 copies of jacket as published
SC 6 4 Wild Horse 1947
Box
Folder
SC 6 4 1 ink illustration
SC 6 4 1 ink illustration with preliminary pencil sketch
SC 6 4 1 dust jacket pencil sketch, 1 watercolor layout, 2nd watercolor layout with printed text
SC 6 4 Illustrations for Textbooks:
SC 6 4 3 watercolor illustrations
SC 6 4 20 pencil and/ or ink illustrations
SC 6 4 Book Jacket Illustrations
Box
Folder
SC 6 4 The Colt from Horse Heaven Hills. Watercolor layout
SC 6 4 Indian Paint. Watercolor layout, copy of dust jacket as published
SC 6 5 Purple Palomino Chalk sketch
SC 6 5 Stormy. 2 pencil sketches 1 black and white watercolor drawing, 1 watercolor layout, 1 proof
SC 6 5 The Whistling Stallion Watercolor layout
SC 6 5 Winter Horse. Watercolor layout
SC 6 5 3 dust jackets as published: Horse in the Clouds, Gallant colt, Phantom Mustang, Second annual book jacket competition 1949
SC 6 5 Magazine illustrations for "The Western Horseman"
Box
Folder
SC 6 5 1 pencil sketch, final watercolor, proof
SC 6 5 1 watercolor
SC 6 5 1 watercolor, photo, and as published
SC 6 5 1 watercolor, photo, and proof
SC 7 5 King Moo and Ow-Wow 1975
SC 7 5 Original watercolor illustration, dummy layout for book with corrections, manuscript, various colored glossy proofs and later matte mock- ups
SC 8 5 Large-scale dummy illustrations in watercolor or pen and ink

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Crowell, Pers--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Illustrations
  • Illustrators--United States
  • Western stories--Illustrations
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations
    • Mock-ups

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