Cornelius DeWitt papers, 1925-1970  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
De Witt, C. H. (Cornelius Hugh), 1905-1995
Title
Cornelius DeWitt papers
Dates
1925-1970 (inclusive)
Quantity
34.75 linear feet, (22 boxes and 4 folders)
Collection Number
Ax 347
Summary
The papers of Cornelius DeWitt, German-born children's book illustrator, include original artwork for children's book illustrations, as well as artwork for proposed publications. Also included are correspondence files and production notes for his work.
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 and University Archives Reading Room.

Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Cornelius Hugh DeWitt (also spelled De Witt) was born in Cassel, Germany on June 6, 1905. He spent his childhood and young adulthood in Europe, where he traveled extensively. Before emigrating to the United States in 1928, he studied bookkeeping, spent one year in the Army, and worked in the advertising profession in Paris to support his study of art at the Ecole de la Grande Chaumière and Alliance Française.

DeWitt created several murals, including four for the New York World's Fair in 1939. While working for the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, he became acquainted with Lucille Ogle, and soon launched a successful children's book illustration career with Ogle and Golden Books. His illustrations are featured in such publications as the Regions of America series (Harper, ca. 1940-48), The Little Golden ABC (Simon and Schuster, 1951), The Golden Geography (Simon and Schuster, 1952), The Golden History of the World (Simon and Schuster, 1955), and The Human Body (Golden Press, 1959). He illustrated the first edition of The Golden Encyclopedia (written by Dorothy A. Bennett, 1946) and was a contributing artist for the later sixteen-volume Golden Book Encyclopedia (edited by Bertha Morris Parker, 1959).

DeWitt died on February 27, 1995.

Source: Viguers, Ruth Hill, Marcia Dalphin, and Bertha Mahony Miller, eds. Illustrators of Children's Books: 1946-1956. Boston: Horn Book, 1958.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Cornelius DeWitt papers includes original artwork for children's book illustrations, as well as artwork for proposed publications. These artworks are represented by preliminary pencil drawings, ink and watercolor drawings, cut-paper collages, and proofs. Proofs for several of the Regions of America publications represent comparative illustration material demonstrating various stages of the illustration process, including initial watercolor drawings, hand-proofed lithographs, final press-printed lithographs, and color separations.

In addition to artwork, the collection contains professional correspondence related to publications, research material, dummies, commercial art, exercises, and travel drawings.

The collection also includes materials donated by the family of Charles B. Harding. DeWitt illustrated and wrote a volume on the yacht Jeroboam of Martha's Vineyard, which belonged to the Harding family (The Log of the Jeroboam, ca. 1946-48). Two bound volumes of The Log of the Jeroboam and three additional watercolor drawings gifted to the Harding family by DeWitt are also included in the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Cornelius DeWitt papers, Ax 347, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Correspondence and production notes, 1935-1968Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Aesop's Fables
circa 1935
19 1
Bookplate Designs
Incoming: Lloyd E. Smith.
1949
1 2
Djinns and Bitters
circa 1939
1 3
The Giant Golden Geography
Incoming: Georges Duplaix, Ravensburg, Lucille Ogle
1950-1956
1 4
The Golden Book of the Human Body
Incoming: J.L. Bruce Bell, M. Diesnis, B.A. Gooden, Georges Duplaix, Lucille Ogle, George H. Wolfson, Lloyd E. Smith, Jerome Wykoff
1956-1968
1 5
The Golden Book of Words
Incoming: Georges Duplaix
1948-1949
1 6
The Golden History of the World
Incoming: Lucille Ogle, Albert R. Leventhal, Dorothy A. Bennett, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Beulah France, Globus; Outgoing: Shiele
1952-1955
1 7
I Sing America
1941
1 8
Ivanhoe
Incoming: George Macy, Hays, St. John, Abramson and Shulman
1936
1 9
The Log of the Jeroboam
Outgoing: Charles Harding
1949-1978
18 3
Murals, World's Fair
Incoming: New York World's Fair Commission.
1939-1941
1 10
The New Golden Encyclopedia
Outgoing: R.D. Bezucha; Incoming: Lucille Ogle, R.D. Bezucha
1959-1967
1 11
Planet Earth
Incoming: Lucille Ogle, George H. Wolfson
1960-1963
1 12
Les Provinces de France
1 13
Regions of America
Outgoing: Lucille Ogle; Incoming: Lucille Ogle, H. M. Benstead
1956
1 14
Rob Whitlock
Incoming: Georges Duplaix, Lucille Ogle, D.C. Andrews and Co., American Consul
1949-1950
1 15
The Story of Alaska
circa 1940
1 16
The Story of California
circa 1944
1 17
The Story of New England
circa 1942
1 18
The Story of the Great Lakes
Incoming: George T. Springer
1942
1 19
The Story of the Mississippi
Incoming: Katherine Grafton Miller, Mary E. Aleshire
1941
1 20
The Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch
Incoming: Lucille Ogle, Emily Nathan, Miss Hark, Harper and Bros., Alred Busselle, Jr.
1942-1964
1 21
The Story of the Southern Highlands
circa 1944
1 22
The Story of the Southwest
circa 1948
1 23
They Went Exploring
1943
1 24-28
Toute une Histoire
Outgoing: Lucille Ogle, Jacques Merand; Incoming: Lucille Ogle, Jane Watson
1966-1967
1 29
The Wonders of Physics
Incoming: Lucille Ogle, Hazel Packard; Outgoing: Hazel Packard
1965-1966

Series 2:  Dummies and sketchbooks, 1941-1966Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
The Golden Book of the Human Body
Hardcover bound, paint and cut paper collage and printed text layouts.
circa 1953
3 1
The Golden Geography
Hardcover bound, watercolor and printed text layouts.
circa 1950
3 2-3
The Golden History of the World
Hardcover bound, graphite sketches and captions.
circa 1949
4 1-2
The Log of the Jeroboam
Ink sketches with captions and loose ink sketch. Watercolor and graphite sketches on tracing paper.
1946-1948
4 3
Les Provinces de France (Normandie)
Hardcover bound, ink and cut paper collage mockups.
circa 1959-1966
4 4
Les Provinces de France (Auvergne)
Hardcover bound, ink and cut paper collage mockups.
circa 1959-1966
4 5
Miscellaneous
Hardcover bound, animal and botanical graphite sketches.
circa 1930s-1950s
5 1
The Story of California
Hardcover bound, graphite sketches and research material.
1944
5 2
The Story of the Mississippi
Spiral bound, ink and pencil sketches and notes.
circa 1941
5 3
The Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch
Hardcover bound, graphite sketches and research material.
circa 1942
5 4
The Story of the Southern Highlands
Hardcover bound, pastel and charcoal drawings and printed text layouts.
circa 1944

Series 3:  Book illustrations, 1932-1966Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
11 1
Aesop's Fables (unpublished)
2 (animal groups) charcoal sketches.
1935
11 2
Animal Book (unpublished)
1 watercolor and charcoal sketch.
1949
6 1
Djinns and Bitters (unpublished)
19 relief prints.
1939
14 2
The Golden Book of Science Facts and Figures (unpublished)
1 gouache illustration; 2 gouache and cut-paper collages.
circa 1950-1960s
11 4
The Golden Geography
1 dust jacket, 1 ink sketch, 1 ink and pencil layout, 6 gouache drawings.
1950-1951
16 3-7
The Golden Geography
11 gouache drawings.
1950-1951
20 8
The Golden History of the United States (unpublished)
1 gouache cover design on board.
1944
8 2
The Golden History of the World
3 watercolor drawings, 1 watercolor sketch, 1 ink sketch.
circa 1949
9 1
The Golden History of the World
10 watercolor sketches.
circa 1949
16 1-2
The Golden History of the World
26 watercolor drawings, 7 gouache and pencil drawings of cover, 1 watercolor drawing with acetate overlay.
circa 1949
19 2-5
The Golden History of the World
22 gouache drawings, 20 gouache thumbnail sketches, 3 gouache cover designs, and 2 ink sketches.
circa 1952-1953
22 4
The Golden History of the World
2 gouache drawings.
circa 1949
10 1-14
The Human Body
13 gouache and cut-paper collages, 1 gouache and pencil sketch
1953-1955
11 3
The Human Body
1 gouache and cut-paper collage, 1 pencil and gouache drawing, 1 gouache drawing with pencil captions.
1953-1955
14 1
The Human Body
3 gouache and cut-paper collages.
1955
8 3
I Sing America
2 colored pencil drawings.
circa 1941
9 2
Ivanhoe (unpublished)
3 lithographs with author's note, 1 booklet of watercolor illustrations, 1 booklet of proofs.
1935-1956
11 5
Ivanhoe (unpublished)
1 oil crayon drawing and 1 gouache illustration.
1935-1956
12 2
Ivanhoe (unpublished)
4 charcoal drawings and 10 oil crayon drawings.
1935-1956
18 5-14
Ivanhoe (unpublished)
29 watercolor drawings.
1935
19 6-7
Ivanhoe (unpublished)
13 grease crayon drawings and 3 charcoal drawings.
1932-1935
8 4
The Little Boy Who Wanted a Live Koala Bear (unpublished)
1 watercolor drawing.
1960
11 5
The Little Boy Who Wanted a Live Koala Bear (unpublished)
4 pencil and watercolor drawings.
1960
11 7
The Little Cabinetmaker of Marrakesh (unpublished)
6 gouache drawings and 1 ink sketch.
1949
12 1
The Little Cabinetmaker of Marrakesh (unpublished)
11 charcoal drawings on tracing paper.
1949
22 2-3
The Little Cabinetmaker of Marrakesh (unpublished)
13 watercolor drawings and 1 ink drawing.
1949
13 1
The Log of the Jeroboam (unpublished volume for Charles B. Harding)
1 bound volume of watercolor drawings, 1 bound volume of watercolor sketches.
1946-1948
14 3
The Log of the Jeroboam (unpublished volume for Charles B. Harding)
3 watercolor drawings and 1 ink sketch of Martha's Vineyard.
1947
19 8
The Log of the Jeroboam (unpublished volume for Charles B. Harding)
2 watercolor drawings.
1948
9 3
Les Miserables (unpublished)
Booklet of proofs.
circa 1935
14 4
Les Miserables (unpublished)
6 ink drawings.
1935
21 5-12
Les Miserables (unpublished)
8 matted linocuts with pasted captions.
1935
11 8
My First Geography of the Pacific
6 color proofs.
1944
19 9
My First Geography of the Pacific
1 color proof.
1944
8 5
The New Golden Encyclopedia
1 gouache and pencil drawing.
circa 1963
8 6-27
Planet Earth
Printed captions that detached from page layout.
1962
17 1
Planet Earth
1 gouache drawing and 15 gouache and cut-paper collaged page layouts.
1962
19 10
Planet Earth
7 gouache drawings.
1962
8 28
Les Provinces de France (unpublished)
"Brittany" watercolor and gouache sketch.
1966
18 4
Les Provinces de France (unpublished)
2 gouache drawings.
1959-1961
10 15-27
Rain and Shine
Gouache and cut-paper collaged page layouts with printed captions.
circa 1956
8 29
Red and Black (unpublished)
7 [eighteenth century French costume] pencil sketches.
1932-1933
11 9
Regions of America Compilation (unpublished)
[cover] watercolor drawing.
circa 1956
6 2
Rob Whitlock (unpublished)
1 watercolor sketch.
circa 1949-1950
8 30
Rob Whitlock (unpublished)
1 watercolor sketch.
circa 1949-1950
14 5
Stories from the East (unpublished)
3 gouache, watercolor and charcoal drawings.
1949-1950
19 11
Stories from the East (unpublished)
1 watercolor drawing.
circa 1949
6 3
The Story of Alaska
1 proof.
1940
8 31
The Story of Alaska
17 pencil and charcoal sketches of research material.
circa 1940
11 10
The Story of Alaska
6 trimmed proofs, 14 color proofs, 3 touched proofs, 2 colored pencil sketches.
1940
19 12
The Story of Alaska
3 color proofs and 11 colored pencil drawings.
1940
20 9
The Story of Alaska
2 color proofs and 1 colored pencil sketch.
circa 1940-1941
9 4
The Story of California
1 charcoal sketch, 13 color proofs. One of the proofs includes a sketch of the cylinder press process.
1944
14 6
The Story of California
5 color proofs.
1944
Folder
1
The Story of California
3 proofs and typewritten caption, matted.
1944
Box Folder
19 13
The Story of California
1 colored pencil sketch.
1945
22 5
The Story of California
2 pencil and pastel drawings and 2 color proofs.
circa 1944
6 4-9
The Story of Florida
6 watercolor drawings on board.
circa 1947
9 5-6
The Story of Florida
12 watercolor drawings, 4 pencil sketches, 2 color proofs, 1 ink drawing of Key West.
circa 1947
14 7
The Story of Florida
2 watercolor and pencil drawings, 9 color proofs.
1947
21 4
The Story of Florida
2 color proofs.
1945-1947
Folder
1
The Story of Florida
3 proofs and typewritten caption.
1946
Box Folder
6 10
The Story of Hawaii (unpublished)
1 watercolor drawing on board.
1948
6 11
The Story of New England
1 color proof, 2 ink drawings of Massachusetts.
1939
9 7
The Story of New England
5 black and white trimmed proofs, 14 color proofs.
1941
14 8-9
The Story of New England
1 color proof with artist's note, 2 color proofs, 1 colored pencil drawing, 2 watercolor drawings, 14 ink drawings of Massachusetts.
circa 1941
22 9
The Story of New England
5 ink drawings.
1939
Folder
2
The Story of New England
3 color proofs and typewritten caption, matted.
1942
Box Folder
9 8-15
The Story of the Great Lakes
7 watercolor sketches, 10 color proofs printed by hand, 14 color proofs printed by mechanical press. Materials demonstrate the book illustration process from artist's concept to final printing.
circa 1942
11 11
The Story of the Great Lakes
3 boards with proofs attached.
circa 1942
14 10
The Story of the Great Lakes
1 board with proof attached, 2 color proofs.
circa 1942
22 7
The Story of the Great Lakes
1 color proof and 1 hand-pulled proof with color separation swatch.
1942
8 32
The Story of the Great Plains
4 pencil sketches of research material.
circa 1943
11 12
The Story of the Great Plains
14 color proofs.
1942-1943
14 11
The Story of the Great Plains
1 color proof.
circa 1943
20 10
The Story of the Great Plains
1 color proof.
1943
22 8
The Story of the Great Plains
1 color proof with color separation swatch.
1943
Folder
2
The Story of the Great Plains
3 color proofs and typewritten caption, matted.
1943
Box Folder
11 13
The Story of the Hudson (unpublished)
1 watercolor sketch of cover design, 4 watercolor and pastel drawings.
circa 1948
22 6
The Story of the Hudson (unpublished)
1 watercolor and colored pencil cover sketch.
circa 1948
9 16
The Story of the Mississippi
2 trimmed proofs, 18 color proofs, 1 color proof with artist's note.
circa 1941
14 12
The Story of the Mississippi
3 color proofs.
circa 1941
6 12
The Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch
1 pastel sketch of cover design, 1 watercolor drawing.
circa 1943
8 33
The Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch
Single-color proof with artist's note and sketch of printing process.
circa 1943
9 17
The Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch
10 color proofs.
1943
14 13
The Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch
4 color proofs.
1943
22 10
The Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch
1 color proof.
1944
Folder
3
The Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch
3 color proofs and typewritten caption, matted.
1942
Box Folder
8 34
The Story of the Southern Highlands
6 pencil and ink sketches and thumbnails.
circa 1945
9 18
The Story of the Southern Highlands
2 color proofs, 2 colored pencil drawings, 1 watercolor drawing.
1944
15 2-6
The Story of the Southern Highlands
10 color proofs, 2 colored pencil drawings, 13 watercolor drawings, 21 ink drawings.
1944
7 1-13
The Story of the Southwest
2 watercolor sketches, 12 watercolor drawings on board.
circa 1948
11 14
The Story of the Southwest
1 pastel drawing, 13 color proofs.
1948
14 14
The Story of the Southwest
1 watercolor drawing of Grand Canyon, 2 color proofs.
1946-1948
22 11
The Story of the Southwest
3 color proofs and 1 gouache and pastel drawing.
1944-1948
Folder
3
The Story of the Southwest
3 color proofs and typewritten caption, matted.
1948
Box Folder
7 14-17
They Went Exploring
8 pastel sketches.
circa 1942
9 19
They Went Exploring
3 pencil sketches, 27 color proofs.
circa 1942
8 35
The Wonders of Physics
1 gouache and cut-paper collage cover sketch.
circa 1966
15 1
The Wonders of Physics
1 mixed media collage cover design with artist's note attached.
1966

Series 4:  Other artwork, 1925-1970Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
17 2
Abstract Drawings
27 "Daily Exercises" ink drawings, matted.
1968
19 1
Bookplate Designs
2 final bookplates, 5 charcoal sketches, and 4 ink designs.
1949
17 3
Bradley Publications Educational Material
1 painting for classroom projection.
1970
20 1-4
Bradley Publications Educational Material
8 paintings on board for classroom projection with artist's note.
1970
22 1
Bradley Publications Educational Material
1 painting on board for classroom projection.
circa 1970
17 4
Commercial Art
Paintings for promotional materials for West Virginia Pulp and Paper Co.
circa 1936-1938
20 5
Commercial Art
1 gouache drawing on board, 1 painting on board, 1 color proof on board for West Virginia Pulp and Paper Co. with artist's note.
1936-1938
8 1
Gifts to the Harding Family
3 watercolor drawings.
18 1
Murals, Maryland
12 photographs with artist's note.
1939-1940
18 2
Murals, World's Fair
10 photographs.
1939
20 6-7
Murals, World's Fair
4 gouache drawings on board and 4 photographs of murals in situ.
1939
21 1-2
Nude Studies
10 chalk drawings and 8 gouache sketches with artist's note.
1925-1960
19 14
Travel Drawings, Capri
8 watercolor drawings.
1937
22 12
Travel Drawings, Kenya
2 ink sketches, 3 gouache sketches, 1 acrylic and cut-paper collage on board.
1960-1961
21 3
Travel Drawings, Oceans, France, Rome
10 watercolor drawings.
1949-1960
19 15
Travel Drawings, Paris
1 ink sketch and 6 pencil drawings.
1925-1926
22 13
Travel Drawings, Portugal
3 ink drawings.
1947
17 5
Travel Drawings, Spain
3 watercolor drawings.
1947
22 14
Travel Drawings, Spain
6 watercolor drawings.
1947
Folder
4
Travel Drawings, Spain
"In the Gardens of Alcazar, Seville April 47" watercolor drawing gift to Georges Duplaix.
Gift of Lucille Ogle.
1947
Box Folder
22 15-16
Travel Drawings, Switzerland
4 pen sketches and 15 goauche drawings.
1949-1950

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature
  • Children's literature, American
  • Children's literature--Illustrations
  • Drawing
  • Drawing, American--20th century
  • Illustrated children's books
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Drawings
  • Dummies (printed matter)
  • Ink drawings
  • Watercolors
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Ogle, Lucille (crp)