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Tony Chen Collection

Identifier: CLRC-14

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for twenty titles published between 1966 and 1985. It includes illustrations, including ink & tempera, watercolor, crayon, ink & felt pen, felt pen, ink, watercolor & acrylic, and ink & watercolor, watercolor, ink, ink and wash, along with pencil drawings, separations, dummies, 1 page of correspondence for the title In the City of Paris,and a seven page printed proof for The Seeing Stick,a story published in a textbook and illustrated for the textbook edition only by Tony Chen.


  • 1966-1985


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Access and Use:

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


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

Tony Chen was born January 3, 1929 in Kingston, Jamaica. He came to the United States in 1949 and attended the Art Career School, and graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. in 1955. Tony Chen has worked as an art director for Newsweekmagazine, and art instructor, painter, and sculptor. He began illustrating children's books in the 1960s; his first illustrated work was Helen Buckley's Too Many Crackers.Throughout his long career as an artist, Tony Chen has illustrated many books for various authors that cover a wide variety of subjects, including Bible stories, folk tales, and non-fiction. Chen is noted for his illustration of animal and nature books, two areas of personal interest. Tony Chen works with a variety of media, including watercolor, pen, tempera, and acrylic.


5.0 Cubic Feet (7 boxes)


Tony Chen's papers focus on his work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for twenty titles published between 1966 and 1985, as well as material for one story, The Seeing Stick, published in a textbook. The collection includes illustrations, separations, studies, dummies, a photostat, and one page of correspondence.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is a gift from Tony Chen, received in several installments beginning in 1970 and continuing throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tony Chen Collection
Christina Cowan
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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