Brian Pinkney Papers
Scope and Content
The collection contains original artwork for thirteen books that Brian Pinkney illustrated from 1993 to 2013, of which his wife Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author. The collection includes drawings, watercolors, artist's dummies of book layouts, page proofs, research, and black and white matted photographs used for reference.
- undated, 1996-2011
- Pinkney, J. Brian (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection materials in English.
Access and Use
Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is requred. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).
Brian Pinkney was born in Boston in 1961; his father Jerry was an illustration and his mother Gloria Jean was an author, milliner, and silversmith. In 1983 he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Philadelphia College of Art, where his father had also attended. Beginning his career as a freelance illustrator, Brian eventually returned to school to complete a Masters of Fine Arts degree in illustration in 1990 from the School of Visual Arts in New York. While working as an illustrator for a magazine art department Brian met Andrea Davis, an editor and writer, and the two were married in 1991. Together, Brian and Andrea have created nine picture books, including a series of biographies of famous African Americans, including Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Orchestra published in 1998, and Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosain 2002. Brian has won numerous awards including a Coretta Scott King Award, four Coretta Scott King Honors, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and two Caldecott Honors. His works have also been exhibited in museums around the country including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Detroit Institute of Art.
5 boxes (2.08 cubic feet)
This collection consists of drawings, watercolors, artist's dummies of book layouts, page proofs, and photographs used for reference related to thirteen publications illustrated by Brian Pinkney.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by title.
Source of acquisition
Gift of Brian Pinkney and Andrea Davis Pinkney
- Ailey, Alvin Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ailey, Alvin -- Juvenile literature Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Choreographers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Dancers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Drawings (visual works) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Fitzgerald, Ella -- Juvenile literature Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- watercolors (paintings) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Brian Pinkney Papers, undated, 1996-2011
- Finding aid created by Meredith J. Gillies and Kate Dietrick
- October 2013, June 2014
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- Finding aid written in English.