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Elton C. Fax Papers

Identifier: CLRC-637

Scope and Contents

The only items in the collection are 16 pencil sketches done for Tales from the Story Hatwritten by Verna Aardema.


  • 1960


Language of Materials


Access and Use:

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


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Biographical Sketch

Elton Clay Fax was born October 9, 1909, in Baltimore, MD. His mother was a country school teacher who believed in the power of learning, and she instilled in Elton and his brother the need to read. The only institution of public service that was not segregated when he was growing up in Baltimore was the Enoch Pratt Free Library, where he borrowed the many books his mother felt he should learn to read. He became particularly enamoured of a series of travel books known as 'Our Little Cousins.' Later in life he visited many of the far-off places he had read about. Through his drawings and writing, he shared with others what he saw, heard, and felt in his travels. When he illustrated Tales from the Story Hat, he had been to Ghana in West Africa and had seen the kinds of straw hats worn by the African story tellers. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, Vol. 25, p. 106-107


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The collection consists of 16 pencil sketches done for a book authored by Verna Aardema titled Tales from the Story Hat, published in 1960.

Physical Location

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Accession Information:

In 1969 Mr. Fax gave 16 pencil sketches that he had done for Tales From the Story Hatwritten by Verna Aardema.
Elton C. Fax Collection
Larry Peterson, February 2004
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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