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Helen Damrosch Tee-Van papers, 1900-1969

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Tee-Van, Helen Damrosch, 1893-1976
Title
Helen Damrosch Tee-Van papers
Dates
1900-1969 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.0 linear feet, (4 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 715
Summary
Collection comprises papers of American artist, illustrator and author Helen Damrosch Tee-Van, and includes illustrations from her books (both rough sketches and final drawings), sketch books, educational dioramas, murals, backgrounds for exhibits, manuscripts, articles, underwater illustrations from oceanographic expeditions, photographs, letters, and habitat maps.
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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Helen Damrosch Tee-Van, artist, illustrator and author, was born in New York City in 1893. She attended Veltin School in New York. In 1909 she dropped out of Veltin School, but continued her art education. She studied with George de Forest Brush, attended an anatomy class at the Columbia Medical School with a group of artists, and belonged to Jonas Lie's Memory Sketch Club for several years. Many memory sketches, made from notes or rough sketches in New York, are included in sketch books in the Collection.

Mrs. Tee-Van was an artist on 13 expeditions of the Tropical Research Department of the New York Zoological Society, under the direction of William Beebe. She was sent to British Guiana in 1922. In 1923 she married John Tee-Van and returned to British Guiana the next year. She participated in the Arcturus Oceanographic Expedition, 1925; Haiti, 1927, where she made underwater sketches with e lead pencil on zinc plates while wearing a 60 pound glass helmut at a depth of 60 feet; the Bermuda Oceanographic Expeditions, 1929-1933; Rancho Grande, Venezuela, 1946; and was a guest artist in "Simla," Trinidad, in 1956, 1960 and 1963. Drawings from both the British Guiana expeditions and the Bermuda expedition are included in the Collection.

In 1937 Mrs. Tee-Van graduated from the New York School of Display. Between 1943 and 1947 she designed 16 educational dioramas for United Service to China. She created murals for the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1938 and 1939, and for the Bronx Park Zoo in 1941-1942 and 1949. She made the background for exhibits in the New York Zoological Society's building in the 1939-1940 World's Fair. She has also designed textiles.

In addition, Mrs. Tee-Van has been an active illustrator of books and articles, specializing in natural history. She did color plates for both the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Collier's Weekly Encyclopaedia and has done illustrations for many scientific journals. She has written and illustrated Red Howling Monkey, 1926; The Trees Around Us, 1960; Insects Are Where You Find Them, 1963; and Small Animals Are Where You Find Them, 1966, and has illustrated A Birthday Greeting and Other Songs, by Emily Niles Huyck, 1918; Creative Music in the Home, by Satis Coleman, 1927; Reluctant Farmer, by Elswyth Thane, 1950; Mosquitoes in the Big Ditch, by Roger Burlingame, 1952; Reptiles Round the World, by Clifford Pope, 1957; Sea Monsters, by William Knowlton, 1959; The Story of the Platypus, by Alfred G. Milotte, 1959; Imported Insects, by Naomi Talley, 1961; The Story of the Hippopotamus, by Alfred G. Milotte, 1964; and The Story of an Alaskan Grizzly, by Alfred G. and Elma Milotte, 1969.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Illustrations from 13 books are included in the Collection, from the linear, nearly stylized pen and ink drawings for Red Howling Monkey to the softer, shaded pencil drawings of The Story of an Alaskan Grizzly Also included are the finished illustrations for Nature's Protection of the Animal Kingdom, unpublished, and 26 sketch books from 1900-1929.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & 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 & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Helen Damrosch Tee-Van Papers, Ax 715, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

BooksReturn to Top

Written and illustrated by Helen Damrosch Tee-Van unless otherwise noted.

Container(s) Description
Box
1
A birthday greeting and other songs. By Emily Niles Huyck, music by Frank Damrosch. G. Schirmer, 1918
Box
1
Color proofs of illustrations. 16p.
1
Coral reef. Unpublished
Box
1
Dummy. 10 water color illustrations including jacket design .with paste-up typed and holograph text. 9p.
1
Creative music in the home. By Satis Coleman. Lewis E. Myers & Co., 1927
Box
1
Color proofs. 3p.
1
"Master Scroll C." Scroll of illustrations to accompany the Master Book Three.
1
Imported insects. By Naomi Talley. Dial Press, 1961
Box
1
Rough sketches. Pencil. 8 x 12. 10 p.
1
Final drawings. Pencil on Dinobase
1
Insects are where you find them. Knopf, 1963, Random House (Toronto), 1963
Box
1
Final drawings. Pencil on Dinobase
1
Mosquitoes in the big ditch; the story of the Panama Canal. By Roger Burlingame. Winston, 1952
Box
1
Color proof of jacket
1
Nature's protection of the animal kingdom. By Cecile Matschat
Box
1
Rough sketches. Pencil. Page layouts with ink and water color drawings. Final drawings
1
Red howling monkey. Macmillan, 1926
Box
1
Rough sketches. Pencil. Black and white. Pen and ink
1
Reluctant farmer. By Elswyth Thane. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1950
Box
1
Rough sketches. Pencil
1
Final drawings
2
Reptiles round the world
Box
2
Rough sketches. Pencil
2
Final drawings
2
Sea monsters. By William Knowlton. Knopf, 1959
Box
2
List of missing final illustrations
2
Rough sketch of jacket. Colored pencil and ink
2
Final drawings. Black and white. Pencil on Dinobase
2
The story of an Alaskan grizzly bear. By Alfred G. and Elma Milotte. Knopf, 1969
Box
2
Correspondence
2
Final drawings. Pencil on Dinobase
2
The story of the hippopotamus. By Alfred G. Milotte. Knopf, 1964
Box
2
Rough sketches. Pencil
2
Final drawings. Pencil on Dinobase
2
The story of the platypus. By Alfred G. Milotte. Knopf, 1959
Box
2
Rough sketches. Pencil
2
Final drawings
2
The trees around us. Dial Press, 1960
Box
2
Typed draft. Holograph revisions
2
Final drawings. Pencil on Dinobase

ArticlesReturn to Top

Illustrated by Helen Damrosch Tee-Van unless otherwise noted.

Container(s) Description
Box
2
Collier's Weekly Encyclopaedia. 1932
Box
2
"Fresh and salt water game fish." West Indian fishes. Tearsheets
2
Encyclopaedia Britannica. 1928-1929, 14th edition
Box
2
Proofs of color plates
2
New York Zoological Society Bulletin
Box
2
"Butter flying fish." 1925 article. Color proofs
2
"Copperhead snake and timber rattlesnake." May-June, 1929. Tearsheet
2
"Deep sea fish." 1925. Color Proofs. 10p
2
"Great horned frog." n.d. Original drawing. Water color
2
Prehistoric animals
2
"Tinamou courting." n.d. Color proof
2
Undersea painting 'Blue Parrots' Haiti-1927." Color proof

IllustrationsReturn to Top

For Unidentified Books

Container(s) Description
Box
2
Black and white. Pen and ink
Box
2
"Peter Sparrow and Giles Towpennie on the Isle of Victuals." 1942
2
"Peter Sparrow and young Pedro, the Cimaroon chief's son, in the maize field."
2
"Reptiles in a southern swamp."
2
Underwater life
2
Color. Water color
Box
2
"The doom trail, the false faces." 2 men tied to poles and circled by Indians
2
New York Zoological Society Tropical Research Department Expeditions
Box
2
British Guiana. 1922, 1924
2
Bermuda Oceanographic Expeditions. 1929-1933

Murals and ExhibitionsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
3
"Bathroom mural in Mrs. Kenneth van Riper's apartment." Undersea mural. Water color sketch
3
Lion House Aquarium mural
3
New York Zoological Park
3
New York Zoological Society's Building at 1939 World's Fair
3
Dioramas
3
Pandora At The World's Fair 1939-40
3
Anatomy Sketches. 1911 anatomy class at Columbia Medical School
3
George de Forest Brush Class. 1910, 1911
Box
3
"Pencil portraits, drawing from cast. New York Academy of Design." 1910
3
"Conte pencil life drawings on brown paper." 1911
3
Miscellaneous Sketches
Box
3
Pencil
3
Water color
3
Color crayon
3
Pen and ink
3
Colored pencil
3
Sketch Books
3
New York School Of Display Study Book. 1936. Sketches, etc
3
Miscellaneous. Black and white photographs of Helen Damrosch Tee-Van's work
3
Scrapbook

AddendaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
3
Books Written and Illustrated by Helen Namrosch
Box
3
Small Mammals Are Where You Find Them. Knopf, 1966
Box
3
Final Drawings. Pencil on Acetate. Dimensions in inches
3
Habitat Maps. Ink on acetate overlays for outline map of the United Staes
3
Miscellaneous
3
Dummy Pasteup. Text and Illustrations. Printer's Copy