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Esta Nesbitt Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CLRC-1140

Scope and Contents

The Esta Nesbitt collection includes illustrative material for 7 books and 2 jackets. Included are complete sets of production materials from initial correspondence, tear-out research materials, notes, studies, swatches, separations, illustrations, negatives, positives, photocopies, proofs, and paste-ups. The material is arranged by title with folder level control.

Dates

  • 1964-1969

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access and Use:

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

Copyright:

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

Esta Nesbitt (1918-1975) was a native New Yorker. She attended Traphagen School, Columbia University, and the China Institute. Later, she taught at Parson's School of Design. She began her career creating fashion, advertising and magazine art, receiving citations for her work. In 1960, while studying painting and printmaking, Esta Nesbitt illustrated The Town Across the Waterwith sugar-lift aquatints. Her subsequent book illustration work was marked by painstaking experimentation to produce prints that met her exacting standards for each title. Ms. Nesbitt was known for developing special techniques to create prints that expressed her perception of the text.

Extent

9.35 Cubic Feet

Abstract

The Esta Nesbitt collection includes illustrative material for 7 books and 2 jackets. Included are complete sets of production materials from initial correspondence, tear-out research materials, notes, studies, swatches, separations, illustrations, negatives, positives, photocopies, proofs, and paste-ups.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

In 1980, five years after Esta Nesbitt's death, Saul Nesbitt contributed production materials for the illustrations to seven books and two jackets created by his wife. Ms. Nesbitt had assured the Kerlan curator that she kept everything and the contribution included proofs, illustrations, studies, photocopies, preliminary drawings, layouts, roughs, swatches, correspondence, and tear out research materials.

Gift of: Nesbitt, Esta
Title
Esta Nesbitt Papers 1964-1969
Author
Christine Schonhart. October 2004
Date
10/08/2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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Contact:
Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library