Tomie dePaola Papers
Scope and Contents
Collection contains production material for over 160 books written and/or illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Collection includes drafts, proofs, notes and research material, illustrations done in a variety of media (many with separations), studies and sketches in a variety of media, photographs, dummies, and related materials. The collection also contains a substantial amount of correspondence to and from dePaola, including some from children that include art work and photographs, as well as correspondence to and from publishers and editors.
- 1947 - 2017
- DePaola, Tomie, 1934- (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be 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. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.
Biographical / Historical
De Paola's works are noted for their humor and distinctibe illustrations; he is also noted for his versatility and range of topics. His own stories, such as The Art Lessonand Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairsoften draw upon his childhood and are cited for their sensitivity, realism, and lack of didacticism. His folktales and religious stories, such as The Clown of Godand Francis, the Poor Man of Assisiand other, also display these qualities. His adaptation of Strega Nona, an Italian tale, received a Caldecott Honor citation in 1976. His illustrations are praised by critics for their lavishness and the care he takes to get his meaning across to readers, and the affection and respect he shows for both subject and audience. In 1981 he received the Kerlan Award for his contribution to childrens' literature.
Biographical Sources: Something About the Author vol. 11, 59, 108 Children's Literature Review vol. 81 Something about the Author Autobiography Series vol. 15
68.25 Cubic Feet (64 boxes (8 Paige boxes, 15 Hollinger boxes, 41 oversize flat boxes))
Language of Materials
Tomie dePaola's papers focus on his work as an author and illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for over 160 books written and/or illustrated by dePaola, including original artwork, drafts, proofs, and correspondence, and related materials.
This collection guide is arranged into series based on the title of the publication.
Gift of Tomie dePaola
- Children's literature -- Illustrations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Christmas stories Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Color separation (technique) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Drawings (visual works) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Folklore -- Juvenile literature Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ghost stories Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Illustration of books -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Illustrators -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- paintings (visual works) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- watercolors (paintings) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Tomie De Paola papers, 1947-2017
- Jim Eyer and John Barneson
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