Guide to the Lois Lenski Papers

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Guide to the Lois Lenski Papers

Collection number: BANC MSS 74/105 z

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Processed by:
Karen Gracy
Completed by:
Elizabeth Stephens
Date Completed:
January 1992
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Lois Lenski Papers
Collection Number: BANC MSS 74/105 z
Creator: Lenski, Lois, 1893-
Extent: Number of containers: l box, 2 cartons, 2 oversize folders, 6 oversize boxes, and 1 wrapped package. Linear feet: 4.5
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Manuscripts of her writings for children, galleys, original illustrations along with photographs and background material; miscellaneous articles by and about her.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Manuscripts Division. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
[Identification of item], Lois Lenski Papers, 74/105 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
  • Sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Division of the Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Lois Lenski Papers were transferred to The Bancroft Library from the Ed Psych Library, University of California, Berkeley on December 12, 1973, with additional material received on June 28, 1978.

Scope and Content

Lois Lenski (Mrs. Arthur S. Covey), artist and author, was born in Springfield, Ohio, October 14, 1893. She graduated from Ohio State University, College of Education in 1915 and studied art at the Art Students' League in New York City and later at Westminster School of Art in London, England. Lenski is best known as the author and illustrator of juvenile books. She won the Newberry Medal in 1946 for Strawberry Girl, one of a popular series of American Regional Books written for children grades 5 to 7. She received the Child Study Association Award in 1948 for Judy's Journey, the Children's Book Collection medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1969. Lenski died in 1974.
This collection consists of manuscripts of Lois Lenski's writings for children, including galleys and original illustrations, along with background material and some fan letters from children and teachers. Included also are articles by and about Lenski and a small number of book marks, jackets, and plates designed by Lenski.

Container Listing

 

SERIES 1: WRITINGS BY LOIS LENSKI

 

ARTICLES

Ctn. 1, folder 1

A - Z, by title (mainly tear-sheets)

 

BIG LITTLE DAVY

Ctn. 1, folder 2

Printer's proofs

 

HIGH RISE SECRET

Ctn. 1, folder 3

Fragments of manuscript

 

THE LIFE I LIVE

Ctn. 1, folder 4-5

Carbon typescript of manuscript

folder 6

Manuscripts of poems

folder 7

Front matter and instructions for the printer

folder 8

Proofs of illustrations

folder 9

Indexes, typed

folder 10-12

Printer's dummy for typesetting

folder 13-14

Printer's dummy for placement of illustrations

folder 15

Page proofs, with author's corrections

folder 16

Miscellaneous proofs

 

MR. AND MRS. NOAH

Ctn. 1, folder 17

Manuscript

 

POEMS

Ctn. 1, folder 18

Tear-sheets from various publications

 

SAN FRANCISCO BOY

Ctn. 1, folder 19

Letters from Dina Gianni, 1953-1955, which provided background for the book

folder 20

Miscellaneous background material

folder 21

Names of children; scrapbook page

 

TO BE A LOGGER

Ctn. 2, folder 1

Outline

folder 2

Letters showing background and beginnings of book

folder 3-4

Plant and tree specimens (2 v.)

folder 5

Holograph manuscript

folder 6

Manuscript fragments

folder 7

Typescript carbon of manuscript

folder 8

Printer's copy of manuscript

folder 9-10

Galley proofs

folder 11

Cut up galleys

folder 12

Printer's page dummy

folder 13

Page proof

 

WE LIVE IN THE NORTH

Ctn. 2, folder 14

Fragments of manuscript

 

WE LIVE IN THE SOUTHWEST

Ctn. 2, folder 15

Printer's copy of manuscript

folder 16

Galley proofs

folder 17-19

Background material (including photographs, notes and rough sketches) for A Knife for Tomaso, The Turquoise Necklace, Ghost Town Boy

 

WHITE GIRL CAPTIVE

Ctn. 2, folder 20

Manuscript of play, based on Lois Lenski's book, Indian Captive

 

SERIES 2: PERSONAL MISCELLANY

Box 1, folder 1

Awards for Lois Lenski

folder 2

Bibliographical references to Lois Lenski's work

folder 3

Biographical material, including various articles written about Lois Lenski and her work

folder 4

Book lists designed by Lois Lenski for Tarpon Springs Public Library

folder 5

Book marks designed by Lois Lenski

folder 6

Book plates designed by Lois Lenski

folder 7

Christmas cards designed by Lois Lenski

folder 8

Fan letters from children, written in 1964

folder 9

Publisher's brochures for Lois Lenski's publications

folder 10

Miscellaneous book jackets

folder 11

Miscellaneous re Lois Lenski

 

SERIES 3: ILLUSTRATIONS

 

PRELIMINARY SKETCHES

Box 1, folder 12

To Be a Logger, 1967

folder 13

Chinese designs for San Francisco Boy

 

DRAWINGS/PROOFS

box Oversize Folder, folder 1

Policeman Small

folder 2

Cotton in My Sack

box Oversize Box 1, folder 1

At Our House

folder 2

Coal Camp Girl

folder 3

Davy and His Dog

folder 4

Houseboat Girl

folder 5

We Live in the Country

folder 6

When I Grow Up

folder 7-12

To Be a Logger

folder 13

Mr. and Mrs. Noah

folder 14

Ghost Town Boy

box Oversize Box 2, folder 1

Benny and His Penny

folder 2

Johnny Goes to the Fair

folder 3

Little Baby Anne

folder 4

Songs of Mr. Small

folder 5

Susie Mariar

folder 6

Texas Tomboy

box Oversize Box 3, folder 1

Cowboy Small

folder 2-5

The Life I LIve

folder 6

The Little Farm

folder 7

The Little Train

folder 8

The Little Sailboat

folder 9

I Went for a Walk

folder 10

The Strawberry Girl

 

LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTS

box Oversize Box 4, folder 1

Family Picnic

folder 2

Lady with Lace

folder 3

Girl with Short Hair

folder 4

My Sewing Room

folder 5

Still Life

folder 6

The Empty House

folder 7

Bottle on a Chair

folder 8

Man With a Hat

folder 9

On the Rocks

folder 10-11

2 Untitled ("1926")

 

WOODCUTS

box Oversize Box 4, folder 12

Orchard Beach

folder 13

The Glorious Fourth

folder 14

Hot Summer Day

folder 15

For Sale

folder 16

China Shop

folder 17

Telephone Poles

folder 18

The Milk Wagon

folder 19

Picnic by the Sea

folder 20

The Empty House

folder 21

Noonday Sun

folder 22

Saturday Lane

folder 23

Rooftops

folder 24

Wooden Fences

folder 25

Village Street

folder 26

The Crooked Street

folder 27

Toward the Sea

 

LITHOGRAPHS

box Oversize Box 4, folder 28

Old Harrinton Road

folder 29

The Pasture Gate

folder 30

Backyard Pines

folder 31

Girl at the Pump

folder 32

Hill Road

folder 33

Farm by the Road

folder 34

Bridge in the Woods

folder 35

Down to the Sea

folder 36

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

folder 37

Miscellaneous

box Oversize Box 5, folder 1

To Be a Logger

folder 2

Cotton in My Sack

folder 3

Big Little Davy

folder 4

The Little Fire Engine

folder 5

Mama Hattie's Girl

folder 6

Now It's Fall

folder 7

Policeman Small

folder 8

Project Boy

folder 9

San Francisco Boy

folder 10

We Live in the Southwest

box Oversize Box 6, folder 1-10

We Live in the Southwest

 

SCRAPBOOKS

box [Oversize Box 7]

(wrapped), folder 1

San Francisco Boy (background material)

folder 2

To Be a Logger (background material)