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Virginia Lee Burton papers, ca. 1937-1962

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Burton, Virginia, 1909-1968
Title
Virginia Lee Burton papers
Dates
ca. 1937-1962 (inclusive)
Quantity
11.0 linear feet, (9 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 839
Summary
Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was an illustrator and author of children's books. The collection includes sketches and finished illustrations for the books Calico the Wonder Horse; Or the Saga of Stewy Slinker, CHOO CHOO, The Story of the Little Engine Who Ran Away (both by Burton), The Emperor's New Clothes (written by Hans Christian Anderson) and others.
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.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) wrote and illustrated many children's books, including The Little House, which was awarded the Caldecott medal in 1943.

She was born in Newton Centre, Massachusetts on August 30, 1909, and later studied art and ballet in California. Her drawings have appeared in the Boston Transcript, where she was a member of the staff for two years. She married George Demetrios, who had been her sculpture teacher, and they had two children. For many years they lived in Folly County, Gloucester, Massachusetts. She died in 1968.

The Virginia Lee Burton Papers are an important addition to the University of Oregon's Children's Collection because it demonstrates the stages of work involved in illustrating, from initial sketch to finished book. The numerous preparatory sketches, the reworking of illustrations that had not proven satisfactory, and the demands for quality reproduction of the artwork indicate the attention to detail required.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Virginia Lee Burton Papers contain sketchbooks, preliminary sketches, and final illustrations for both first and second editions of Calico, the Wonder Horse, or the Saga of Stewy Slinker (written by Burton) and The Fast Sooner Hound (written by Arna Bontemps and Jack Conroy).

Also included are final illustrations for the books CHOO CHOO, The Story of the Little Engine Who Ran Away, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, and The Emperor's New Clothes (written by Hans Christian Anderson). Proofs for the book Life Story are also included.

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.

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], Virginia Lee Burton Papers, Ax 839, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Calico the Wonder Horse; Or The Saga of Stewy Slinker, 1st edition, 1941Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Illustrations: cover, title page, pp. 1-3, ink on paper
1 2
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 4-7, ink on paper
1 3
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 8-11, ink on paper
1 4
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 12-15, ink on paper
1 5
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 16-19, ink on paper
1 6
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 20-23, ink on paper
1 7
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 24-27, ink on paper
1 8
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 28-31, ink on paper
1 9
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 32-35, ink on paper
1 10
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 36-39, ink on paper
1 11
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 40-43, ink on paper
1 12
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 44-47, ink on paper
1 13
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 48-51, ink on paper
1 14
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 52-55, ink on paper
1 15
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 56-58, ink on paper
1 16
Illustrations: 4 alternative sketches for pp. 3, 4, 5, 7, ink on paper
1 16
Proofs: packet of printed captions [detached from illustrations]
5 1
Dummy: bound dummy with developed ink drawings on colored paper with pasted typewritten text; alternative title "Calico of Cactus County or The Saga of Stewy Stinker"
3/21/1941
5 2
Dummy: bound sketchbook of rough ink sketches with holographic text; alternative title "Calico of Cactus County (The Wonder Horse) Saga of Stewy Stinker [1/2]
5 3
Dummy: bound sketchbooks of rough ink sketches with holographic text; alternative title "Calico of Cactus County (The Wonder Horse) Saga of Stewy Stinker [2/2]

Series II:  Calico the Wonder Horse; Or The Saga of Stewy Stinker, 2nd edition, 1950Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Illustration: cover/jacket, scratchboard, 8.5" x 6.25"
2 2
Illustration: title page, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 3
Illustration: p. 1, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 4
Illustration: p. 2, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 5
Illustration: p. 3, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 6
Illustration: p. 4, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 7
Illustration: p. 5, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 8
Illustration: p. 6, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 9
Illustration: p. 7, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 10
Illustration: p. 8, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 11
Illustration: p. 9, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 12
Illustration: p. 10, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 13
Illustration: p. 11, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 14
Illustration: p. 12, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 15
Illustration: p. 13, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 16
Illustration: p. 14, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 17
Illustration: p. 15, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 18
Illustration: p. 16, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 19
Illustration: p. 17, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 20
Illustration: p. 18, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 21
Illustration: p. 19, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
2 22
Illustration: p. 20, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 1
Illustration: p. 22, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 2
Illustration: p. 23, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 3
Illustration: p. 24, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 4
Illustration: p. 25, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 5
Illustration: p. 26, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 6
Illustration: p. 27, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 7
Illustration: p. 28, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 8
Illustration: p. 29, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 9
Illustration: p. 30, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 10
Illustration: p. 31, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 11
Illustration: p. 32, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 12
Illustration: p. 33, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 13
Illustration: p. 34, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 14
Illustration: p. 35, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 15
Illustration: p. 36, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 16
Illustration: p. 37, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 17
Illustration: p. 38, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 18
Illustration: p. 39, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 19
Illustration: p. 40, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 20
Illustration: p. 41, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 21
Illustration: p. 42, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
3 22
Illustration: p. 43, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 1
Illustration: p. 44, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 2
Illustration: p. 45, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 3
Illustration: p. 46, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 4
Illustration: p. 47, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 5
Illustration: p. 48, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 6
Illustration: p. 49, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 7
Illustration: p. 50, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 8
Illustration: p. 51, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 9
Illustration: p. 52, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 10
Illustration: p. 53, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 11
Illustration: p. 54, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 12
Illustration: p. 55, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 13
Illustration: p. 56, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 14
Illustration: p. 57, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 15
Illustration: p. 58, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"
4 16
Illustration: alternative p. 55, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5" [not used in final publication]
4 17
Sketches: 4 preparatory sketches on scratchboard
4 18
Proofs: 2 copies of lithograph proofs for pp. 55-56
4 18
Sketches: p. 58, ink sketch; [flatplan] endpapers, ink sketch
4 19
Illustration: [flatplan] endpapers, scratchboard, 8.5" x 5.5"

Series III:  Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away, 1937Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
6 8
Illustration: p. 1, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 9
Illustration: p. 2, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 10
Illustration: p. 3, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 11
Illustration: p. 4, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 12
Illustration: p. 5, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 13
Illustration: p. 7, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 14
Illustration: p. 8, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 15
Illustration: p. 9, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 16
Illustration: p. 10, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 17
Illustration: p. 12, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 18
Illustration: p. 13, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 19
Illustration: p. 15, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 20
Illustration: p. 16, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 21
Illustration: p. 17, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 22
Illustration: p. 22, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 23
Illustration: p. 23, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 24
Illustration: p. 26, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 25
Illustration: p. 27, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 26
Illustration: p. 30, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 27
Illustration: p. 31, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 28
Illustration: p. 34, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 29
Illustration: p. 35, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 30
Illustration: p. 36, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 31
Illustration: p. 37, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 32
Illustration: p. 40, china marker, 9" x 12"
6 33
Illustration: p. 42, china marker, 9" x 12"
8 1
Illustrations: 3 final drawings, pp. 18-21, 32-33, china marker, 18" x 12"
8 2
Illustrations: 6 final drawings, title page and pp. 6, 11, 14, 25, 41, china marker mounted on mat board, 9" x 12"
9 1
Illustrations: 2 final drawings, pp. 28-29, 38-38, china marker mounted on mat board, 18" x 12"

Series IV:  The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson, 1949Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 6
Dummy: folded booklet of complete lithograph proofs
7 5
Illustrations: 26 final watercolor and ink illustrations with pasted typewritten text. Includes title page illustration on scratch board.

Series V:  The Fast Sooner Hound by Arna Bontemps and Jack Conroy, 1942Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 4
Sketchbook: rough pencil, ink, and watercolor sketches
5 5
Sketchbook: sprial bound book with flatplan layout and watercolor sketches
6 1
Illustrations: 5 final drawings, title page and pp. 1-4, watercolor
6 2
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 6, 9-11, watercolor
6 3
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 12-15, watercolor
6 4
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 16-19, watercolor
6 5
Illustrations: 4 final drawings, pp. 20-23, watercolor
6 6
Illustrations: 6 final drawings, pp. 24-29, watercolor
6 7
Illustrations: 3 sheets of pencil sketches, 1 ink drawing, 27 watercolor sketches
9 2
Illustrations: 3 final drawings, cover and endpapers, watercolor

series VI:  Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, 1939Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 2
Illustrations: 10 final drawings, endpapers, pp. 2-9, china marker on paper
7 3
Illustrations: 9 final drawings, pp. 10, 12-13, 15, 19-21, 24-25, china marker on paper
7 4
Illustrations: 13 final drawings, pp. 26-29, 33-36, 38-42, china marker on paper
8 3
Illustrations: 7 final drawings, pp, 14, 22-23, 31, 37 and title page [unused], china marker mounted on mat board
8 3
Clippings: 3 loose sheets of marketing materials

series VII:  Life Story, 1962Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 1
Galleys: 9 sheets of uncut lithograph proofs [some sheets of single-color separations]

series VIII:  Folly Cove Relief PrintsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
9 3
Relief Prints: 12 lineoleum block prints of original Folly Cove Designers textile patterns [printed later by a cousin, Mary Maletskos], 23" x 17.25". Includes letter from Michael Demetrios [son] to University of Oregon re: gift of 12 prints.
ca. 1981