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Alida Malkus Papers

Identifier: CLRC-757

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a corrected typescript, a corrected proofs, and a paste-up related to the nonfiction children's book The Amazon: River of Promise. The collection also contains photoreproductions of drawings from ASM correspondence, made by Malkus from the murals of the buildings surrounding the Ball Court at Chi-Chen Itza, which she used as inspiration while writing The Dark Star of Itza, and two ink illustrations for that book made by Lowell Houser.


  • circa 1930-1970


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Alida Malkus was born in 1888 in New York, and grew up in Michigan. Her book The Dark Star of Itza, received the Newbery Honor in 1931. Malkus died in 1976.

Lowell D. Hauser was an artist best known for modernist and landscape painting, and illustration. He was born in 1902 in Chicago and also raised in Iowa. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He taught at state colleges in both Iowa and California, prior to moving to Virginia in his retirement, where he died in 1971.

Biographical Sources:

"Malkus, Alida, 1888-1976." Lc Control Number n 85195220. Library of Congress Name Authority File.

"Lowell D. Hauser." Biography. AskArt.


.5 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box and 1 flat portfolio)

Language of Materials



The collection contains written production material for one title by Alida Malkus, as well as sketches used as inspiration for one other book written by Malkus, and two illustrations by Lowell Houser.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alida Malkus.

Alida Malkus Papers, circa 1930-1970
Jim Eyer
Description rules
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Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • June 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

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