Don Freeman Papers
Scope and Content
The collection contains production material, including manuscript and/or illustrative material, for well over thirty titles.Manuscript materials include a corrected photocopy typescript, galley proofs, front matter, and a photocopy dummy. Illustrative materials include sketches, studies, and illustrations done in variety of media, dummies, and paste-ups. The collection also contains some miscellaneous art including sketches, illustrations, proofs, and dummies for Don Freeman's Newstand. In addition, there is some material for titles that were not published. Some of the items in the collection are signed for Dr. Irivin Kerlan.
- Freeman, Don, 1908-1978 (Person)
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Materials available for use in the Andersen Library reading room. Digital files are only accessible on-site.
Don Freeman was born August 11, 1908, in San Diego, CA. He attended the Art Students League in New York City for two years. In 1931 he married Lydia Cooley, an art student, and the couple had one son. Don Freeman worked as a freelance artist and as a graphic artist for the New York Timesand New York Herald Tribune before beginning to illustrate books in the 1940s. In 1940 he illustrated William Saroyan's My Name is Aram. During his career, Don Freeman illustrated children's books by other well-known authors such as Ann Nolan Clark, Clyde R. Bulla, and Julia Cunningham. In 1951 Don and Lydia Freeman published their first book for children, Chuggy and the Blue Caboose, and in 1953 they published Pet of the Met. Don Freeman wrote and illustrated many picture books that won critical appraise. He received various honors for his work, including a Caldecott Honor citation for Fly High, Fly Lowin 1958. He is perhaps best remembered for Corduroy. Don Freeman died on February 1, 1978. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, Volume 17, p. 60-69 Twentieth-Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed., p. 360-361
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15.3 Gigabytes (23 files)
The collection contains production material, including manuscript and/or illustrative material, for more than thirty published titles
Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title and chronologically within each title.
Don Freeman gave part of this collection to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. Lydia Freeman, Don Freeman's widow, gave additional materials to the University of Minnesota in 1982 and 1990.
Gift of: Freeman, Don
Gift of: Freeman, Don
- Don Freeman Papers
- Christina Cowan and Larry Peterson
- 2004, 2009
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- Description is in English