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Roger Duvoisin Papers

Identifier: CLRC-22

<emph render="bold">Scope and Content</emph>

The collection contains production material for 86 titles published between 1932-1979. It includes both manuscript and illustrative material, with an emphasis on the latter. The collection includes typescripts and proofs, illustrations done in a variety of media, many with separations, studies, sketches, separations, layouts, notes, dummies, proofs, color samples, photostats, and paste-ups. There is also a small amount of correspondence, some miscellaneous art work, art work done for the 'New Yorker' magazine, and an illustration done by children and sent to Duvoisin.


  • 1932-1979


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This collection is 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.

<emph render="bold">Biographical Sketch</emph>

Biographical Sketch Roger Antoine Duvoisin was born August 28, 1900 (some sources say 1904) in Geneva, Switzerland. He studies at the College Moderne in Geneva, and the Ecole des Beaux Arts and Ecole des Art Decoratifs in Paris. Early in his career he worked in Switzerland as a scenery designer, and later as a textile designer in Paris. He came to the United States in 1927 to work as a textile designer, and then began illustrating book and magazine advertisements. In 1932 he wrote and illustrated his first book for children, A Little Boy Was Drawing.Throughout his long and prolific career he wrote and illustrated dozens of books for children, and won the 1948 Caldecott Medal for White Snow, Bright Snow.

During the 1950s he illustrated many books written by his wife, children's author Louise Fatio. Their 'Happy Lion' books were extremely popular for their illustrations and gentle messages of friendship and tolerance. Roger Duvoisin was noted for his illustrations for a variety of animal characters such as Petunia the goose, Jasmine the cow, and Veronica the hippopotamus. Each animal has a unique personality, and the situations they get themselves into are at once readily understood and appreciated by readers, as is Duvoisin's sense of playfulness and his ability to teach while entertaining, such as when Petunia learns the pitfalls of pretension and Jasmine the value of individuality. Duvoisin believed that children's imaginations needed to be stimulated, especially by nature, and that art work should arouse them, the 'frightening' illustrations as well as the 'tasteful' ones. Duvoisin worked in a variety of media, and believed that the simpler the illustration the better. In 1976 he received the Kerlan Award for his contribution to children's literature. He died on June 30, 1980, in Morristown, New Jersey.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Authorvols. 2, 23, 30. Children's Literature Reviewvol. 23


19 Cubic Feet (linear feet (manuscripts); 19 cubic feet (illustrations))


Collection focus on Duvoisin's work as an author and illustrator of children's books, with emphasis on the latter. The collection contains production materials for 86 titles published between 1932 and 1979. It contains manuscript material, including typescripts and proofs, illustrations done in a variety of media, many with separations, studies and sketches done in a variety of media, dummies, layouts, proofs, notes, separations, paste-ups, photostats, and color samples. There is also a small amount of correspondence, some miscellaneous art work done for the New Yorker magazine, and a miscellaneous oversize illustration done by children and went to Roger Duvoisin.

<emph render="bold">Arrangement</emph>

A for the Ark,

Amahl and the Night Visitors,

And There was America,


Anna, the Horse,

April Umbrella, The,

Around the Corner,

Beaver Pond, The,

Bennie, the Bear Who Grew Too Fast,

Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear,

Busby & Co,

Camel Who Took a Walk, The,

Child's Garden of Verses, A,

Christmas Forest, The,

Christmas Pony, The,

Christmas Whale, The,



Day and Night,

Days of Sunshine, Days of Rain,

Dog Cantbark, The,

Donkey-donkey, the Troubles of a Silly Little Donkey,

Dozens of Cousins,

Easter Treat,

Fish is Not a Pet, A,

Follow the Road,

Follow the Wind,

Four Corners of the World, The,

Happy Lion, The,

Happy Lion in Africa, The,

Hector and Christina,

Hi, Mister Robin!,

Houn' Dog,

House of Four Seasons, The,

Hungry Leprechaun, The,

Illustrations from Children ,

I Saw the Sea Come In,

'I Won't,' Said the King, Or, the Purple Flannel Underwear,

In My Garden,

Jo-Yo's Idea,


Little Boy was Drawing, A,

Little Church on the Big Rock, The,

Little Red Nose,

Miscellaneous art,

Missing Milkman, The,

Mother Goose-A Comprehensive Collection of the Rhymes,


New Yorker, The (magazine),

Night Before Christmas, The,

Nine Lives of Homer C. Cat, The,

Not a Little Monkey,

Nubber Bear,

One Step, Two...,

One Thousand Christmas Beards,


Petunia and the Song,

Petunia Takes a Trip,

Petunia's Christmas,

Petunia's Treasure,

Please Pass the Grass!,

Poems from France,

Pointed Brush, The,

Poodle Who Barked at the Wind, The,

Riema, Little Brown Girl of Java,

Sitter Who Didn't Sit, The,

Snowy and Woody,

Soomoon, Boy of Bali,

Sophocles, the Hyena: A Fable,

Sun Up,

Sweet Patootie Doll, The,

Talking Cat, The, and Other Stories of French Canada,

Tell Me, Little Boy,

They Put Out to Sea: The Story of the Map,

Three-Cornered Hat, The,

Three Happy Lions, The,

Three Sneezes, The, and Other Swiss Tales,

Tigers Don't Bite,

Timothy Robbins Climbs the Mountain,

Under the Trees and Through the Grass,


Veronica and the Birthday Present,

Wake Up, City!,

Wake Up, Farm!,

What Ever Happened to Baxter Place?,

Which is the Best Place?,

White Snow, Bright Snow,

Winkie's World,

Wishing Well in the Woods, The,

Wobble, the Witch Cat,

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

Part of this collection was originally given to Dr. Kerlan, who in turn donated it to the U. of Minnesota. During the 1960s and 1970s additional material was placed on permanent loan in the collection by Roger Duvoisin.

Gift of: Duvoisin, Roger

Processing Information

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Roger Duvoisin Papers
Jim Eyer and John Barneson
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