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Byron Barton Papers

Identifier: CLRC-473

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of ink drawings for 8 books published between 1973 and 1977. There are four boxes of drawings.


  • 1973-1977


Language of Materials


Biographical Sketch

Byron Barton was born Byron Vartanian in Pawtucket, RI in 1930. He changed his surname in 1953. He attended Los Angeles City College from 1948 to 1950 and Chouinard Art Institue from 1953 to 1956. He served in the US Army from 1950 to 1952. He was a free lance writer illustrator and designer. Among the many books he has written and illustrated for children are Harry is a Scaredy-Cat, I Want to Be An Astronaut, and The Wee Little Woman. Over the years he has won several awards. He won the New York Times Choice of Best illustrated Book of the Year in 1972 for Where's Al? And in 1988 for I Want to Be An Astronaut. He won the New York Times Notable Book Award in 1982 for Airport. He won the Children's Book Showcase Title in 1972 for The Paper Airplane Book and and 1973 for Where's Al? Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 126 p.29-31.


000 Linear Feet


The collection consists of original art in the form of ink illustrations for 8 books published between 1973 and 1977.


Materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Physical Location

Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 30 minutes for retrieval.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Byron Barton made several gifts to the collection over a period from 1975 to 1978.

Gift of: Barton, Byron
Byron Barton Papers
Nancy Larsen
2003, 2009
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library