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Brian Pinkney Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CLRC-2130

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.

Dates

  • undated, 1996-2011

Creator

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.

Copyright

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).

Biographical Sketch

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.

Extent

5 boxes (2.08 cubic feet)

Overview

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.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Brian Pinkney and Andrea Davis Pinkney

Related Materials

A number of titles illustrated by Brian Pinkney were written by his wife, Andrea Davis Pinkney. For manuscript materials, please refer to the finding aid for the Andrea Davis Pinkney Papers.
Title
Brian Pinkney Papers, undated, 1996-2011
Author
Finding aid created by Meredith J. Gillies and Kate Dietrick
Date
October 2013, June 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Contact:
Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library