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Ashley Bryan Papers

Identifier: CLRC-7

Scope and Contents

The collection contains material for six titles. The collection consists of original art, illustrative material, including print proofs and three framed illustrations, typescripts, layouts, a galley proof, notes, and correspondence.


  • Creation: 1974-1998


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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

Ashley Bryan was born July 13, 1923 in New York, New York, and grew up in the Bronx. He studies at Cooper Union Art School and Columbia University in New York. Bryan has taught art for many years, and serves as professor emeritus of art and visual studies at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He began his career as an illustrator in the 1960s, illustrating a collection of poetry by Rabindranath Tagore, Moon For What Do You Want, published in 1967, and has since published many works. Throughout the past few decades, Bryan has received praise for his illustrated retellings of African and West African folktales and as a compiler of African American poems and spirituals that help children explore Black culture and history. Bryan's retellings of folktales are noted for their emphasis on the tales' place in the oral tradition and his retention of their "read aloud" quality and word play. His illustrations add to the tales' appeal for readers with their detail and vitality.


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Ashley Bryan's papers contain material for six titles. The collection includes illustrative material, proofs, layouts for text and music, typescript, notes, and correspondence.

Physical Location

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Ashley Bryan Papers
Nancy Larsen
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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