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Marc Simont Papers

Identifier: CLRC-72

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production materials for 4 titles, and includes illustrations, including colored, black and white, charcoal, and tempera, and color illustrations with text proof pasteup.


  • 1949-1980


Language of Materials


Access and Use:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


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.

Biographical Sketch

Marc Simont was born November 23, 1915, in Paris, and first came to the United States in 1927. He studied art in New York and Paris in the 1930s. He served in the United States Army during WWII, and in 1945 married Sara Dalton, with whom she had 1 son. He has worked as an artist and illustrator since 1939, and has also written and translated children's books. He worked as an illustrator for 5 decades, including a number of series books for young readers. In 1950 he received a Caldecott Honor for The Happy Day, and won the Caldecott Medal in 1957 for A Tree is Nice. Critics note that Simont is proficient in many styles, and that his illustrations always suit the text and subject matter. His illustrations are also noted for their sense of humor and fun, as well as their simplicity and emotion. His illustrations have a great appeal for children, as they can touch a wide range of their emotions. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 73, 129


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Marc Simont's papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's picture books. The collection includes illustrations for 4 titles, and includes color, black and white, charcoal, and tempera illustrations, and 13 color illustrations with proof text pasteup for 4 titles.


Big World, The, and the Little House,

Happy Day, The,

If You Listen,

Tree is Nice, A,

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

Part of this collection was originally donated to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who inturn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. In the 1960s and 1980s Mr. Simont donated additional material.

Gift of: Simont, Marc


Marc Simont Papers
Jim Eyer
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library