James Flora Papers
Scope and Contents
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.
- Flora, James (Person)
Language of Materials
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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.
000 Linear Feet
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.
See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
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.
- James Flora Papers
- Larry Peterson, July 2004
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English
Collecting Area Details
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