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Esther Averill Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CLRC-1214

Scope and Contents

The Esther Averill Collection contains written and illustrative production material for five titles published between 1944 and 1973 with Harper and Row. The original art work includes pencil sketches, ink and water illustrations, and blueprint sheets. Original manuscript material includes corrected typescripts, galley proofs, correspondence, bookmarks and miscellaneous material.

Dates

  • 1944-1973

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.

Biographical Sketch

Esther Averill was born July 24, 1902 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Beginning in her teens, Averill's expression in cartoons and writing frequented her local newspapers leading to her studies at Vassar College through 1923. With the 'printers ink in her blood', she began editorial work in a women's fashion newspaper. Averill hopped the Atlantic and resided within France's boarders for a decade where she became a free-lance writer and illustrator. The content switch from fashion to children in Averill's work hinged in 1931 with the publishing of Daniel Booneunder her own imprinting. Domino Press experienced growing pains for the first few years, as Averill and her cohorts were learning the turns in the trade. Domino Press' motto was to specialize in 'children's picture books illustrated by gifted young artists and reproduced by means of the excellent color processes that were available'. Three years after the inception in France, Averill transported her publishing station back to the United States. In 1938, Domino Press ceased printing. Averill went on to write and illustrate over thirty pieces of work between 1931 and 1973, including The Cat Club, Jenny Lost her Scarfand Jenny's Birthday Book. Esther Averill passed away in 1992.

Biographical source: Something About the Author. Volume 28, 1982.

Extent

000 Linear Feet

Overview

The Esther Averill Collection contains written and illustrative production material for five titles published between 1944 and 1973 with Harper. The original art work includes pencil sketches, ink and water illustrations, and blueprint sheets. Original manuscript material includes corrected typescripts, galley proofs, correspondence, bookmark and miscellaneous material.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the author to Dr. Irvin Kerlan beginning in 1952 and continued through 1991.
Title
Esther Averill Collection
Author
Sharlene Murphy
Date
10/25/2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library