Edwin Tunis papers, 1951-1973  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Tunis, Edwin, 1897-1973
Title
Edwin Tunis papers
Dates
1951-1973 (inclusive)
Quantity
21.25 linear feet, (31 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 776
Summary
The Edwin Tunis Papers comprise manuscripts and illustrations for all of his children's books, as well as correspondence, articles, reviews, and miscellaneous papers.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Edwin Tunis was born in Cold Springs Harbor, New York, on December 8, 1897. His education, in his own words, was “patchy from the start,” due to his father's work, which was setting up steam driven electrical power plants in the smaller towns where the new electric lightning was coming into demand. “The installation of a ponderous Corliss engine belted, about seventy-five feet of leather, to a generator, took a year or so. When a job was finished the family moved to the next town.” Edwin Tunis entered the City College in Baltimore and studied there for three years before transferring to the Maryland Institute of Art and Design. His course there was interrupted by World War I, in which he served as a pilot with a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. After the war, he returned to the Maryland Institute as a part-time student, while working at C.S. Benson and Company as a furniture designer. Subsequently, he worked for the Manufacturers’ Record in the advertising department drawing layout copy, and at a newly formed advertising agency, where he was “the whole art department.” When the latter failed, he became a free-lancer. “As a commercial artist I lacked the ‘snappy’ style beloved of advertising agents, but I could draw furniture, architecture, and historical stuff, so I made out well enough.” His typographical design talent led to work for printers (brochures and direct mail material) and later to illustrating for Grosset and Dunlop and A. P. Putnam’s Sons. For Maryland’s Tercentenary in 1934, he designed a commemorative stamp and drew a literary and historical mural map of the state, which was later shown at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

In the wake of the depression, when demand for commercial artists was at its ebb, Edwin Tunis became a radio announcer in Baltimore at WBAL. He also continued his second “career,” which had begun in 1918, as performer and stage and program designer with the Vagabond Players, a local theater group. This association lasted until 1938 when Edwin Tunis and his wife, Elizabeth, whom he married in 1927, moved to a house I the country, which he had designed himself, “Long Last.”

World War II found him working in the engineering department of Black and Decker in Towson. In 1943, he was commissioned by McCormick and Company of Baltimore to paint a mural depicting the history of spices. This 145-foot mural took two and a half years to complete. He discovered while researching the material for this project that “there was no one book which recounted the whole basic story of the development of ships in a simple way that might interest young people. An outline, a dummy, some pages of text, and one finished illustration went to a literary agent who sold Oars, Sail and Steam within a week.” Voted to be the American Institute of Graphic Arts as one of the 50 Books of the Year and one of the Best Juvenile Books of 20 Years, Oars, Sails and Steam launched his career as writer and illustrator. It was followed by Weapons, 1954; Wheels, 1955; Colonial Living (winner of the Thomas A. Edison Foundation Children’s Book Award for special excellence in portraying America’s past), 1957; Indians, 1959; Frontier Living, (first runner-up for the American Library Association’s Newberry Medal, 1961; Colonial Craftsmen, 1965; Shaw’s Fortune, 1966; The Young United States, (first runner-up for the National Book Award), 1969; Chipmunks on the Doorstep, 1971; The Tavern at the Ferry, (one of the A.L.A.’s Notable Books), 1973.

In “Some Problems of a Writer-Illustrator,” written for the Hornbook in 1966, Edwin Tunis described the painstaking care that went into the production of his books from the researching in museums and libraries to the drawing of pleasing, but primarily explanatory illustrations, to the laborious assembling of the dummy. The result is well-expressed in an editorial from the Baltimore Evening Sun, August 8, 1973: “The best of it was that Edwin Tunis never sought to impose his own personality, to distort with his own image or philosophy. Here was a man who somehow united the opposites, art and history.”

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Edwin Tunis Papers consist primarily of book manuscripts, illustrations, and correspondence. Boxes 1-10 contain manuscripts for all of Tunis’s children’s books. The boxes include some combination of the following for each of the books: research sketches, outlines, holograph drafts, drafts, dummies, printer’s copies, galley proofs, page proofs, layouts, paste-ups, publicity materials, reviews, and sample book jackets. In most cases, the book publishing process is represented completely, from preliminary research materials to final galley proofs and page layouts. Solander cases 1-10 contain illustrations, negatives, book jackets and oversized items for the books. There are also three packages, which contain additional illustrative materials.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edwin Tunis Papers, Ax 776, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries: Professional: Outgoing
1951-1973
Box Folder
1 1
Business correspondence
1951-1956
1 2
Business correspondence
1957-1959
1 3
Business correspondence
1960-1962
1 4
Business correspondence
1963-1966
1 5
Business correspondence
1967-1969
1 6
Business correspondence
1970-1973
Subseries: Professional: Incoming
Box Folder
1 7
Business Correspondence: A-C
1 8
Business Correspondence: Cassel, R.L.
1958-1961
1 9
Business Correspondence: Curtis-Brown
1954-1967
1 10
Business Correspondence: Curtis-Brown
1968-1973
1 11
Business Correspondence: Downing, Paul
1954-1973
1 12
Business Correspondence: E-L
1 13
Business Correspondence: M-R
1 14
Business Correspondence: S
1 15
Business Correspondence: Smithsonian Institution
1951-1967
1 16
Business Correspondence: T-U
1 17
Business Correspondence: U.S. Government Agencies
1948-1963
1 18
Business Correspondence: V-W
1 19
Business Correspondence: World Publishing Co.
1951-1960
1 20
Business Correspondence: World Publishing Co.
1961-1965
1 21
Business Correspondence: World Publishing Co.
1966-1967
1 21
Business Correspondence: World Publishing Co.
1968-1977
Subseries: Personal
Box Folder
1 22
Outgoing
1955-1967
1 23
Incoming
1954-1967
Subseries: Fan Letters and Replies
Box Folder
1 24
Fan Letters and Replies 1
1 25
Fan Letters and Replies 2

Series:  Books by Edwin TunisReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries: Colonial Craftsmen. World Publishing Co.
1965
Box Folder
1 26
Research Sketches
1 27
Outline
1 28
Holograph Draft 1
1 29
Holograph Draft 2
1 30
Holograph Draft 3
2 1
Draft 1
2 2
Draft 2
2 3
Draft 3
2 4
Draft 4
2 5
Dummy
2 6
Printer's Copy 1
2 7
Printer's Copy 2
2 8
Printer's Copy 3
2 9
Galley Proofs 1
2 10
Galley Proofs 2
2 11
Galley Proofs 3
2 12
Reviews
Subseries: Colonial Living. World Publishing Co.
1957
Box Folder
2 13
Notes and Sketches
2 14
Holograph Draft
2 15
Draft 1
2 16
Draft 1
2 17
Draft 2
2 18
Draft 3
2 19
Draft 4
2 19
Draft 5
2 20
Dummy 1
2 21
Dummy 2
2 22
Printer's Copy 1
3 1
Printer's Copy 2
3 2
Galley Proofs 1
3 3
Galley Proofs 2
3 4
Printer's Copy 2nd Edition 1
3 5
Printer's Copy 2nd Edition 2
3 6
Publicity
3 7
Reviews
Subseries: Frontier Living
Box Folder
3 8
Notes and Sketches
3 9
Holograph Draft
3 10
Draft 1
3 11
Draft 2
3 12
Draft 3
3 13
Draft 4
3 14
Author's Dummy
3 15
Designer's Dummy 1
3 16
Designer's Dummy 2
3 17
Printer's Copy 1
3 18
Printer's Copy 2
3 19
Galley Proofs
4 1
Galley Proofs
4 2
Page Proofs
4 3
Publicity
4 4
Reviews
Subseries: Indians. World Publishing Co.
1959
Box Folder
4 5
Research Material and Notes
4 6
Holograph Draft
4 7
Draft 1
4 7
Draft 2
4 8
Draft 3
4 9
Draft 4
4 10
Printer's Copy
4 10
Captions
4 11
Galley Proofs
4 12
Publicity
4 13
Reviews
4
Book jacket
4
3 small boxes with note cards, labeled "Oars Glossary"
Subseries: Oars, Sails and Steam. World Publishing Co.
1952
Box Folder
5 1
Outline
5 2
Research Materials
5 3
Research Sketches
5 4
Notes and Fragments
5 5
Draft 1
5 6
Draft 2
5 7
Dummy
5 8
Printer's Copy
5 9
Publicity
5 10
Reviews
Subseries: Shaw's Fortune. World Publishing Co.
1966
Box Folder
5 11
Notes and Holograph Draft
5 12
Draft
5 13
Dummy
5 14
Printer's Copy
5 15
Galley Proofs and Page Proofs
5 16
Publicity
5 17
Reviews
Subseries: Weapons. World Publishing Co.
Box Folder
5 18
Weapons
1954
5 19
Research Material
5 20
Notes and Sketches
5 21
Outline and Holograph Draft
5 22
Draft 1
5 23
Draft 2
5 24
Printer's Copy 1
5 25
Printer's Copy 2
5 26
Lay-out
6 1
Paste-up
6 2
Galley Proofs
6 3
Page Proofs
6 4
Publicity
6 5
Reviews
Subseries: Wheels. World Publishing Co.
1955
Box Folder
6 6
Research Material
6 7
Notes and Sketches
6 8
Outline and Holograph Draft
6 9
Draft 1
6 10
Draft 2
6 11
Draft 3
6 12
Dummy
6 13
Printer's Copy
6 14
Galley Proofs
6 15
Publicity
6 16
Reviews
Subseries: The Young United States. World Publishing Co.
1969
Box Folder
7 1
Research Material
7 2
Notes and Sketches
7 3
Outline
7 4
Holograph Draft 1
7 5
Holograph Draft 2
7 6
Draft 1
7 7
Draft 2
7 8
Draft 3
7 9
Dummy
7 10
Publicity
7 11
Reviews
Subseries: Article Length Manuscripts
Box Folder
7 12
Articles
Subseries: Miscellaneous
Box Folder
7 13
Miscellaneous Clippings
Subseries: Weapons, Wheels and the Young United Series
Box
7
Card files (in a shoe box)
Subseries: Indians and Colonial Living
Box
7
Card files (in a shoe box)
Colonial Craftsmen and the Young U.S.
Box
7
Card files (in a shoe box)

Series:  Addenda A, July 1975Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries: Outgoing correspondence
1951-1964
Box Folder
8 1
Outgoing correspondence
Subseries: Incoming correspondence
Box Folder
8 2
Maxwell Aley Associates
1950-1955
8 3
World Publishing Co.
1951-1958

Series:  Addenda B, August 1977Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries: The Tavern at the Ferry
Box Folder
8 4
Final Draft (carbon)
8 5
Sketch Book, Research Material, and Notes
8 6
Outlines
8 7
First Draft
8 8
Holograph Draft
8 9
Rough Typescript
8 10
Carbon Draft
8 11
Printer's Copy and Index
8 12
Xeroxed and Original Dummy
8 13
Galley Proofs
8 14
Galley Proofs
8 15
Reviews, Publicity, Biographical Material
Subseries: Miscellaneous Material
Box Folder
8 16
Autobiographical Material and Book Reviews
8 17
Sketches and Studies
Subseries: Incoming correspondence
Box Folder
8 18
Bucks County Historical Society
8 19
Curtis Brown LTD.
8 20
Thomas Y Crowell Co.
Subseries: Incoming and Outgoing correspondence
Box Folder
8 21
Incoming and Outgoing
8
Bundle of note cards

Series:  Addenda CReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries: Chipmunks on the Doorstep
Box Folder
9 1
Notes with sketches
9 2
Sketches with notes
9 3
Holograph Manuscript
9 4
Rough Typescript
9 5
Carbon Typescript
9 6
Typescript, copy edited and with instructions to typesetter
9 7
Index and captions
9 8
Dummies
9 9
Galley proofs
9 10
Full color proofs
10 1
Book blues (blueprint proofs-text only) with author's corrections
10 2
Second galley proofs
10 3
Printer's proofs
10 4
Correspondence and fan mail (mostly with Thomas Y. Crowell Co.)
10 5
Research correspondence on chipmunks
10 6
Card file (chipmunk research)
10 7
Gardenews, 1973, November-December
10 8
Reviews (tearsheets and clippings)
10 9
Thomas Y. Crowell book catalogs, 1971, spring and fall
Subseries: Colonial Craftsmen
Box Folder
SC 1 1
Acetate drawings
SC 1 2
Miscellaneous
SC 1
2 envelopes of illustration transfers
SC 1
7 oversized drawings
SC 2
12 oversized drawings
Subseries: Frontier Living
Box
SC 3
Illustrations
SC 3
2 envelopes of illustrations transfers
Subseries: Indians
Box
SC 4
Miscellaneous
SC 4
Illustrations
SC 4
2 envelopes of illustration transfers
Subseries: Weapons
Box Folder
SC 5 1
Illustrations
SC 5 2
Miscellaneous (negatives and prints)
SC 5
1 envelope of reject drawings
SC 5
1 envelope of small sized illustrations
Subseries: Colonial Living
Box Folder
SC 5 3
Illustrations
SC 5 4
Miscellaneous
SC 5
1 envelope of transfers
SC 5
1 envelope of small sized illustrations
Subseries: Wheels
Box Folder
SC 6 1
Miscellaneous illustrations
SC 6
Illustrations
SC 6: 1 envelope of negatives, glosses and prints
Box
SC 6
1 package of illustrations
SC 6
1 package of illustrations

Series:  Addenda DReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries: Colonial Craftsmen
Box
SC 7
17 oversized illustrations
Subseries: Tavern at the Ferry
Box
SC 8
Illustrations

Series:  Addenda EReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries: Chipmunks on the Doorstep
Box
SC 9
Illustrations and dummy
Folder
SC 9 1
Transfer drawings

Series:  Addenda F, July 1979Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries: Indians. New edition, Harper and Row.
1979
Box Folder
SC 10 1
Indians, unbound version
SC 10 2
Indians, unbound version
SC 10 3
Page paste up I
SC 10 4
Page paste up II
SC 10 5
Page paste up III
SC 10 6
Galley proofs
SC 10 7
Miscellaneous
SC 10
Loose items

Series:  Addenda GReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries: Shaw's Redemption
Box Folder
Pkg. 1 1
Miscellaneous
Pkg. 1
Envelope of transfers
Pkg. 1
Oversized drawings
Series: Addenda H
Box Folder
Pkg. 2 1
Miscellaneous
Pkg. 2
Oversized illustrations
Pkg. 2
Envelope of transfers

Series:  Addenda IReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries: The Young United States
Box
Pkg. 3
Oversized illustrations

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Illustration of books--United States--20th century
  • Illustrators--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Tunis, Edwin, 1897-1973
  • Tunis, Edwin, 1897-1973--Correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Book illustrations
  • Book jackets
  • Dummies
  • Galley proofs
  • Manuscripts for publication