Finding Aid for the Lothar Meggendorfer Papers, ca. 1888-1943

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Lothar Meggendorfer Papers, ca. 1888-1943

Collection number: 1539

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, 1998
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, January 2003
© 1998 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lothar Meggendorfer Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1888-1943
Collection number: 1539
Creator: Meggendorfer, Lothar
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.) 5 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925) was a illustrator for Fliegende Blätter and Münchener Bilderbogen. During the late 1800s, he began designing and illustrating mechanical piture-books for children, and is considered the creator and chief innovator of moveable toy books. The collection consists of manuscripts and proofs of illustrations, covers, texts, and two books created by Meggendorfer.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lothar Meggendorfer Papers (Collection 1539). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233402 

Biography

Meggendorfer was born on November 6, 1847 in Munich, Germany; after technical art studies, he became an illustrator for Fliegende Blätter and Münchener Bilderbogen; during the late 1800s, he began designing and illustrating mechanical piture-books for children; is considered the creator and chief innovator of moveable toy books; publications include Immer Lustig!: ein Ziehbilderbuch (ca. 1886) and All alive: a moveable toybook (ca. 1894); he died in 1925 in Munich.

Biographical Narrative

Meggendorfer was born on November 6, 1847 in Munich, Germany. Most of the books he illustrated were mechanical books for children, but Meggendorfer's humorous illustrations also appeared in conventional books and in the humor periodicals of Fliegende Blatter and the Munchener Bilderbogen. What distinguished Lothar Meggendorfer's books and what has come to be regarded as his genius was his ability to create mechanical books with intricate and realistic movements that had both humor or grace. Most of his mechanicals are tab operated with as many as 6 hinged pieces moving simultaneously; some are slatted mechanisms whereby the upper illustration magically dissolves to reveal a new and related illustration. Some have revolving discs and one has a three-dimensional head exposed through a hole in the pages. The most fabulous and elaborate books are his Internationaler Circus and Das Puppenhaus (The Doll's House). These ingenious pop-out panoramas deceptively present themselves as simple book -size objects when closed, only to become astonishing multi-dimensional detailed fold-out panoramas. Because he was so successful in his own lifetime, the demand for his books was great. Many of Meggendorfer's books went into to several printings and were published in England, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and even a few in the United States. In addition, it was not uncommon to find the same mechanical illustration used in different books. By the time that he died in 1925 in Munich, he had illustrated more than 100 books.
from Lothar Meggendorfer The Master of Moveable Books for Children http://www.alephbet.com/meggendo.html [13 November 1998]

Scope and Content

Collection consists of manuscripts and proofs of illustrations, covers, texts, and two books of Lothar Meggendorfer, children's book illustrator and designer of moveable toy books. Includes the books Im stadtpark, and Lustige zoologie. Manuscripts and proofs include Aus der Kinderstube, Beleuchtungsbilderbuch, Bubenstreiche, Da musst du Lachen, Das Paradies, Die fidele Onkel, Der Verwandlungskunstler, Die Frau Bas, Die lustige Tante, Die Uhr, Ein mal eins ist eins, Für die Allerkleinsten, Gemischte Gesellschaft, Gigerl's Freud und Leid, In grosspapa's garten, Lach mit mir!, Lustige Kinder-Kalender, Lustiges Automatentheater, Neues Struwwelpeterbuch, Shau mich an!, Verschiedene Leute, Viel Kopf viel Sinn, Von früh bis spat, and Zum Vernugen.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Meggendorfer, Lothar--Archives.
Illustrators--Germany--Archival resources.
Drawings.


Container List

 

Bohemia

Box 5, Folder 17

Lustige Drehbilder. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 24

Lustige Ziehbilder. Proofs: cover.

 

England

Box 1, Folder 8

Die Frau Bas. Proofs: cover.

Box 1, Folder 28

Der Verwandlungskunster. Proofs: text.

Box 1, Folder 32

Viel Kopf Viel Sinn. Proofs: cover.

Box 2, Folder 2

Da Musst du Lachen. Proofs: cover.

Box 2, Folder 8

Bubenstreiche. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 2, Folder 13

Gemischte Gesellschaft. Proofs: cover, illustrations, and text.

Box 2, Folder 18

Verschiedene Leute. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 4, Folder 5

Lustiges Automatentheater. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 4, Folder 8

Die Uhr. Proofs: cover.

Box 4, Folder 16

Gigerl's Freud und Leid. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 3

Der Fidele Onkel. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 20

Die Lustige Tante. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 23

Lustige Ziehbilder. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 25

Lustige Zoologie. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 28

Das Puppenhaus. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 29

Schau Mich An! Proofs: cover.

Box 7, Folder 3

Die Uhr. Proofs: cover and text.

 

France

Box 1, Folder 10

Die Frau Bas. Proofs: cover.

Box 1, Folder 14

In Grosspapa's Garten. Proofs: cover.

Box 1, Folder 24

Das Paradies. Proofs: illustrations and advertisement.

Box 1, Folder 29

Der Verwandlungskunstler. Proofs: covers and text.

Box 1, Folder 33

Viel Kopf Viel Sinn. Proofs: cover.

Box 1, Folder 37

Von Fruh Bis Spat. Proofs: cover.

Box 2, Folder 9

Bubenstreiche. Proofs: cover.

Box 2, Folder 11

Gemischte Geselleschaft. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 2, Folder 15

Verschiedene Leute. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 3, Folder 1

Aus der Kinderstube. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 4, Folder 2

Lustiges Automatentheater. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 4, Folder 9

Shau Mich An! Proofs: cover.

Box 4, Folder 12

Prinz Liliput. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 4, Folder 15

Gigerl's Freud und Leid. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 4, Folder 19

Lach mit Mir. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 5

Der Fidele Onkel. Proofs: cover.

Box 6, Folder 9

Aus der Kinderstube. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 7, Folder 1

Die Uhr. Proofs: illustrations and text.

 

Germany

Box 1, Folder 23

Das Paradies. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 2

Beleuchtungsbilderbuch. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 3

Beleuchtungsbilderbuch. Proofs: text.

Box 1, Folder 4

Bubenstreiche. Proofs: text.

Box 1, Folder 5

Da Schaut Her! Proofs: cover.

Box 1, Folder 6

Ein Mal Eins ist Eins. Proofs: text.

Box 1, Folder 7

Die Frau Bas. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 11

Fur die Allerliebsten. Proofs: cover.

Box 1, Folder 12

In Grosspapa's Garten. Advertisement.

Box 1, Folder 13

In Grosspapa's Garten. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 15

Des Kindes Erstes Buch. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 16

Des Kindes Erstes Buch. Proofs: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 17

Kleines Bilder ABC. Manuscript: illustrations and text.

Box 1, Folder 18

Klipp-Klapp Kinderbilden. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 19

Lustiger Kinder-Kalender: 1888. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 20

Lustiger Kinder-Kalender: 1889. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 21

Lustiger Kinder-Kalender: 1890. Manuscript: text.

Box 1, Folder 22

Lustiger Kinder-Kalender: 1891. Proofs: cover.

Box 1, Folder 25

Verschiedene Leute. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 26

Der Verwandlungskunstler. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 27

Der Verwandlungskunstler. Manuscript: book and frame.

Box 1, Folder 30

Viel Kopf Viel Sinn. Manuscript: book.

Box 1, Folder 31

Viel Kopf Viel Sinn. Proofs: illustrations.

Box 1, Folder 36

Von Fruh Bis Spat. Proofs: cover.

Box 2, Folder 1

Diverses. Manuscript: illus.; lithograph.

Box 2, Folder 3

Da Musst du Lachen. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 2, Folder 4

Da Musst du Lachen. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 2, Folder 5

Lebendes Affentheater. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 2, Folder 6

Bubenstreiche. Proofs: illustrations.

Box 2, Folder 7

Bubenstreiche. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 2, Folder 10

Gemischte Gesellschaft. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 2, Folder 12

Gemischte Gesellschaft. Proofs: illustrations.

Box 2, Folder 14

Gemischte Gesellschaft. Proofs: text.

Box 2, Folder 16

Verschiedene Leute. Proofs: text.

Box 2, Folder 17

Verschiedene Leute. Proofs: illustrations.

Box 2, Folder 19

Die Frau Bas. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 2, Folder 20

Die Frau Bas. Manuscript and proofs: illustrations.

Box 3, Folder 2

Lustiger Kinder-Kalender: 1889. Proofs: illustrations and text.

Box 3, Folder 3

Lustiger Kinder-Kalender: 1890. Proofs: text.

Box 3, Folder 4

Lustiger Kinder-Kalender: 1888. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 3, Folder 5

Zum Vernugen. Manuscript and proofs: illustrations.

Box 3, Folder 6

Zum Vernugen. Proofs: cover.

Box 3, Folder 7

Zum Vernugen. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 3, Folder 8

Drehbilder ABC. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 3, Folder 9

Die Arche Noah. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 3, Folder 10

Das Paradies. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 3, Folder 11

Viel Kofp Viel Sinn. Manuscript and proofs: illustrations.

Box 3, Folder 12

Allerei Lustige Geschichten.... Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 3, Folder 13

Der Verwandlungskunstler. Proofs: illustrations and text.

Box 3, Folder 14

Viehmarkt. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 3, Folder 15

Der Viehmarkt. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 3, Folder 16

In Grosspapa's Garten. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 3, Folder 17

In Grosspapa's Garten. Proofs: illustrations on board.

Box 3, Folder 18

Beleuchtungsbilderbuch. Advertisements.

Box 3, Folder 19

Beleuchtungsbilderbuch. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 4, Folder 1

Lustiges Automatentheater. Proof: text.

Box 4, Folder 3

Lustiges Automatentheater. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 4, Folder 4

Lustiges Automatentheater. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 4, Folder 6

Neues Stuwwelpeterbuch. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 4, Folder 7

Die Uhr. Proofs: illustrations and text.

Box 4, Folder 10

Shau Mich An! Proofs: cover.

Box 4, Folder 11

Shau Mich An! Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 4, Folder 13

Die Fidel Onkel. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 4, Folder 14

Die Lustige Tante. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 4, Folder 17

Gigerl's Freud und Leid. Proofs: illustrations and text.

Box 4, Folder 18

Lach mit Mir. Proofs: cover.

Box 4, Folder 21

Lach mit Mir. Proofs: Cover.

Box 5, Folder 1

Diverses. Manuscript and proofs: illustrations.

Box 5, Folder 2

Der Fidele Onkel. Manuscript: illustrations and text.

Box 5, Folder 7

Fur die Allerkleinsten. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 5, Folder 8

Fur die Allerkleinsten. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 5, Folder 9

Im Stadtpark. Book (not in catalog).

Box 5, Folder 11

Immer Fidel. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 5, Folder 12

Immer Fidel. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 5, Folder 13

Kleines Legespiel. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 5, Folder 14

Konrad. Manuscript: illustrations and text.

Box 5, Folder 15

Lach Mit Mir! Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 5, Folder 16

Laura. Manuscript: illustrations and text.

Box 5, Folder 18

Die Lustig Tante. Manuscript: illustrations and text.

Box 5, Folder 19

Die Lustige Tante: 1909(?). Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 5, Folder 27

Neues Kaspertheather. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 30

Die Uhr! Proofs: text.

Box 5, Folder 31

Vor Dem Thore. Manuscript: illustrations.

Box 5, Folder 32

Vor Dem Thore. Proofs: cover, illustrations, and text.

Box 5, Folder 33

Die Zwolf Monate. Proofs: cover.

Box 6, Folder 1

Lustige Zoologie. Manuscript: Mock-up book.

Box 6, Folder 2

Lustige Zoologie. Book.

Box 6, Folder 3

Lustige Zoologie. Proofs: Publisher's dummy.

Box 6, Folder 4

Lustig Zoologie. Proofs: cover and illustrations.

Box 6, Folder 5

Neues Struwwelpeterbuch. Manuscript: cover and illustrations.

Box 6, Folder 6

Neues Struwwelpeterbuch. Proofs: cover, illustrations and text.

Box 6, Folder 7

Aus der Kinderstube. Manuscript: book.

Box 6, Folder 10

Aus der Kinderstube. Proofs: illustrations and text.

Box 6, Folder 11

Aus der Kinderstube. Manuscript: cover and illustrations.

Box 7, Folder 2

Die Uhr. Proofs: illustrations and text.

Box 7, Folder 4

Die Uhr. Proofs: cover and text.

Box 7, Folder 5

Die Uhr. Manuscript: cover and illustrations.

Box 7, Folder 6

Ein Mal Eins ist Eins. Manuscript: cover and illustrations.

Box 7, Folder 7

Ein Mal Eins ist Eins. Manuscript: illustrations and text.

Box 7, Folder 8

Ein Mal Eins ist Eins. Proofs: cover, illustrations, and text.

 

Hungary

Box 1, Folder 9

Die Frau Bas. Proofs: cover.

Box 1, Folder 34

Viel Kopf Viel Sinn. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 26

Lustige Zoologie. Proofs: cover.

 

Italy

Box 1, Folder 35

Viel Kopf Viel Sinn. Proofs: cover.

Box 4, Folder 20

Lach mit Mir. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 4

Der Fidele Onkel. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 21

Die Lustige Tante. Proofs: cover.

 

Russia

Box 5, Folder 6

Der Fidele Onkel. Proofs: cover.

Box 5, Folder 22

Die Lustige Tante. Proofs: cover.

 

Sweden

Box 1, Folder 1

Aus der Kinderstube. Proofs: cover.

Box 6, Folder 8

Aus der Kinderstube. Proofs: cover.

 

U.S.

Box 5, Folder 34

Catalogs and offprint. Items sent by Justin Schiller.

Box 5, Folder 10

U.S.(?) Im Stadtpark. Advertisement (not in catalog).