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Louis Darling Papers

Identifier: CLRC-17

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

The collection contains production material for 37 titles published between 1946-70, and contains both manuscript and illustrative materials, with emphasis on the illustrative. It includes illustrations done in a variety of media, with separations, studies, sketches, prints, dummies, paste-ups, proofs, photostats, layouts, photographs, an ink lettering, color and type samples, and jackets. The manuscript is mainly for the title Greenheadand includes a holograph, corrected typescript and galley proof. There are also contracts and a small amoung of notes and correspondence, including some from his wife Lois Darling.


  • 1946-1970


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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 Louis Darling was born 4/26/16 in Stamford, Connecticut. He studied art at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City in 1936-37, and also studied privately. He began his career as an artist in the 1940s, doing both commercial and fine art, and also began illustrating children's and young adult books. Throughout his prolific career he illustrated several dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction, by many authors, as well as his own works. He also collaborated frequently with his wife, Lois Darling, on both juvenile and adult works; they jointly did the illustrations for Rachel Carson's classic, Silent Spring.

Louis Darling worked in both black and white, and full color, and in a variety of media including pencil and tempera, suiting his style and medium to the individual title. His interest in nature and conservation were reflected in his books and illustrations, which are noted for their accuracy, realism, and attention to detail. In 1966 he was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for The Gull's Way. He is also well-known for his illustrations for Beverly Clearly's series of books dealing with the adventures of Henry Huggins, Beezux and Ramona Quimby and their friends and neighbors. In the illustrations for these books, Louis Darling vividly brought to life the characters' unique personalities and feelings; his illustrations also brought out the humor inherent in many of the situations in which the characters found themselves. Louis Darling died on 1/21/70.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 3, 23


21 Linear Feet (21 boxes, 4 folders totaling 0.3 linear ft. for the manuscript and non-illustrative material; 11 cubic ft. of illustrative material.)


Louis Darling's papers focus on his work as an illustrator and author of children''s books, with an emphasis on illustrations. The collection contains production material for 37 titles published between 1946-70; including one title, Exploring Science, jointly illustrated by Louis Darling and I. N. Steinberg. The collection includes illustrations done in a variety of media, some with separations, prints, studies, and sketches done in various media, dummies, paste-ups, proofs, photostats, layouts, photographs, and ink lettering, color and type samples, book jackets, miscellaneous separations, and 1 miscellaneous drawing. There is a small amount of manuscript material, mostly for one title, Greenhead. This material includes a holograph, corrected typescript and galley proof, contracts, and a few pieces of correspondence and notes, including some from Lois Darling, Louis Darling's wife.

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

Mr. Bass's Planetoid, 1958

Arctic Tundra, The,

Beezus and Ramona,

Chickens and How to Raise Them,

Country Garage,

Country School,


Ellen Tebbits,

Eric on the Desert,

Exploring Science,



Henry and Beezus,

Henry and Ribsy,

Henry and the Clubhouse,

Henry and the Paper Route,

Henry Huggins,

Independent Blue-Bird, The,

Kangaroos and Other Animals with Pockets,

Kids' Letters to President K ennedy,

Lincoln's Animal Friends,


Miss Charity Comes to Stay,


Mouse and the Motorcycle, The,

Otis Spofford,


Ramona the Pest,


River Never Sleeps, A,

Runaway Ralph,

Seals and Walruses,


Shoeshine Boy,


Swimming Hole,

Tropical Rain Forest,

Waggles and the Dog Catcher,

Appalachians, The, 1965

Before and After Dinosaurs, 1959

Bird, 1962

Coral reefs, 1963

Miscellaneous Materials,

Place in the Sun, A, 1968

Science of Life, The, 1961

Sea Serpents Around Us, 1965

Silent Spring, 1962

Sixty Million Years of Horses, 1960

Worms, 1972

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

Part of this collection was originally placed on permanent loan at the University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections by Louis Darling's widow, Lois Darling, during the 1980s, with the loan later changed to a gift. Additional material was given by Lois Darling's estate in 1991.

Gift of: Darling, Louis
Louis Darling Papers
Jim Eyer
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Collecting Area Details

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