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Gail Haley Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CLRC-36

<emph render="bold">Scope and Content</emph>

The collection contains production material for twenty titles published between 1962 and 1986, as well as production material for several unpublished titles and material for a story published in McCallsmagazine. The collection includes holographs and typescripts; galley proofs; notes; correspondence; illustrations done in a variety of media, many with separations; sketches and studies done in variety of media; dummies, proofs, photostats, and photocopies. The collection also contains miscellaneous art work, including studies for Christmas, New Year's, and Halloween cards, some art and manuscript material sent to Haley by children, and miscellaneous material.

Dates

  • 1962-1986

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.

<emph render="bold">Biographical Sketch</emph>

Biographical SketchGail Haley was born November 4, 1939 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended the Richmond Professional Institute from 1957 to 1959 and later the University of Virginia from 1960 to 1964. Haley published her first book for children, My Kingdom for a Dragon, in 1962, and throughout her career has written and illustrated a number of books for children, as well as retelling and illustrating adaptations of folktales and illustrating other authors' works. She has also written several adult, non-fiction books and has exhibited her graphics and illustrations.

Haley's work aims to "entertain and educate children about their world", and many of her books carry strong messages, such as respect for the environment in Noah's Ark. She is also noted for her adaptations of folktales and won the 1971 Caldecott Medal for A Story, A Story, a retelling of an Ashanti myth.

Haley's interest in Appalachian folklore is evident in her adaptations of two "Jack" tales, Jack and the Bean Treeand Jack and the Fire Dragon. Haley's illustrations are cited by critics for their diversity and her talent for letting the "nature" of the work itself dictate the illustrations, such as the art nouveau style of The Post Office Cat, which won the 1977 Kate Greenaway Medal, given by the British Library Association. Haley is also noted for her woodcuts and prints. In 1989, Gail Haley received the Kerlan Award for her contribution to children's literature.

Source: Something About the Author, v.138. Detroit: Gale Research, 2003.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

Gail Haley's papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for twenty titles published between 1962 and 1986, as well as production material for several unpublished titles and material for a story published in McCalls magazine. The collection includes holographs and typescripts; galley proofs; notes; correspondence; illustrations done in a variety of media, many with separations; sketches and studies done in variety of media; dummies, proofs, photostats, and photocopies. The collection also contains miscellaneous art work, including studies for Christmas, New Year's, and Halloween cards, some art and manuscript material sent to Haley by children, and miscellaneous material.

<emph render="bold">Arrangement</emph>

Abominable Swamp Man, 1975

Altogether, One at a Time, 1972

Birdsong, 1984

Childcraft Encyclopedia, 1971

Go Away, Stay Away, 1977

Green Man, 1980

Jack and the Bean Tree, 1986

Jack and the Fire Dragon, 1980

Jack Jouett's Ride, 1973

Un Jour a Paris avec Leon,

Marguerite in the City,

Marguerite in the Country,

Marguerite in the Tropics,

My Kingdom for a Dragon, 1962

Noah's Ark, 1971

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, 1964

Post Office Cat, 1976

Round Stories about Growing Things, 1966

Round Stories about Land Animals, 1966

Round Stories about Our World, 1966

Round Stories about Water Animals, 1966

Skip Rope Book, 1963

Story, A Story : An African Tale, 1970

Toby Tyler, or, Ten Weeks with a Circus,

Wonderful, Magical World of Marguerite, 1964

Correspondence (to/from Gail Haley),

Correspondence from children,

McCalls [magazine],

Miscellaneous art,

Miscellaneous material,

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

This collection was placed on permanent loan in the Children's Literature Research Collection by Gail Haley between 1973 and 1989, with some materials' status later changed to a gift.

The collection is non-circulating, in-house use only.

Gift of: Haley, Gail

Processing Information

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Title
Gail Haley Papers
Subtitle
1962-1986
Author
Felicity Hanson
Date
01/22/04
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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