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William Jay Smith Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1849

Scope and Contents

The collection contains illustrative and written material for the book of children's poetry Boy Blue's Book of Beasts, written bt William Jay Smith and illustrated by Juliet Kepes, and includes a dummy, illustration proofs, a corrected typescript with original pencil sketches, and layout pages.


  • Creation: circa 1957

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

William Jay Smith was born April 22, 1918, in Winnfield, LA. He followed a career as a writer and teacher in English. He is best known as a poet, both for adults and children, and has received awards and honors for his portry. He also worked as a translator, being fluent in French and Italian, and also familiar with Spanish and Russian.

Biographical Source:

"William Jay Smith." Something About the Author. Vols. 2 and 68. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971 and 1992.


2 boxes

Language of Materials



The collection contains illustrative and written material for one children's book written by William Jay Smith.


William Jay Smith Papers, circa 1957
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • July 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library