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James Flora Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CLRC-830
The collection contains original artwork for ten titles authored by James Flora between 1955 and 1982, plus 42 ink illustrations with one separation for Arthur Steckler's 101 More Words and How They Began. Also included is typescript and other printed material for five of the books written by Flora.

Dates

  • 1955-1982

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.

Extent

000 Linear Feet

Overview

The collection contains original artwork for ten titles authored by James Flora plus 42 ink illustrations with one separation for Arthur Steckler's 101 More Words and How They Began. Also included is typescript and other material for five of the books written by Flora.

Biographical Sketch

James R. Flora was born January 25, 1914, in Bellefontaine, OH, and died in Rowayton, CT, on July 9, 1998. He was a magazine and album cover designer and illustrator, and author and illustrator of children's books. Known for his distinctive artwork, that combines elements of surrealism with cartoonish drawings, Flora is also recognized as one of the first artists to create illustrated covers for record albums. In 1939 Flora formed the Little Man Press with writer Robert Lowry, and together they published books and pamphlets till 1942. That year he began working as an art director and slaes promotion manager for Columbia Records. Eight years later he began his first children's book, The Fabulous Fireworks Family, after receiving encouragement from Margaret McElderry, juvenile editor at Harcourt Brace. It was published in 1955 and was an American Library Association Notable Book. Altogether he wrote and illustrated 17 books for children.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

Some of the material in the collection was a gift from James Flora to Dr. Kerlan. After Dr. Kerlan's death, Flora donated additional materials.

Creator

Title
James Flora Papers
Author
Larry Peterson, July 2004
Date
07/13/2004
Language of description
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library