A Guide to the Arnold Lobel Papers, 1964-1986

A Guide to the Arnold Lobel Papers An Inventory

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Arnold Lobel Papers
Creator
Lobel, Arnold
Inclusive Dates
1964-1986
Extent
4.5 Linear feet
Abstract
Original text and artwork produced by children's book author and illustrator Arnold Lobel. Lobel created over 100 children's books during his career, including the Frog and Toad series.
Call Number
2010.0109
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Timothy Webb and James Brundage. (May 2012)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Arnold Lobel Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center by Adrianne and Adam Lobel in 2010.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Arnold Lobel Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Illustrations (layout features).
  • Sketches
  • Works of Art

Personal Name(s)

  • Lobel, Adam
  • Lobel, Adrianne

Subject(s)

  • Illustrated children's books
  • Northeast Children's Literature Collection.

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Biography

Arnold Lobel was born in  Los Angeles, California on May 22, 1933 to  Lucille Stark and  Joseph Lobel. He grew up in  Schenectady, New York and attended the  Pratt Institute in  Brooklyn following high school. A gifted artist, Lobel graduated from the  Pratt Institute in 1955 with a degree in fine arts, and later that year married a fellow art student,  Anita Kempler.

Lobel illustrated his first book, Red Tag Comes Back, in 1961. The book would prove to be the start to a twenty-six year career writing and illustrating children's books, during which time he created more than 100 books including his popular stories that followed the adventures of  Frog and Toad. Lobel was honored numerous times for his books, most notably for  Frog and Toad Together, which was named a Newberry Honor book in 1973, and for  Fables, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1981. Lobel also produced numerous books with his wife Anita, also a children's book author and illustrator.

Lobel's work has been widely distributed, and has been translated into dozens of languages. Known for his ability to write for children just beginning to read, Lobel became popular with both children and their parents. Arnold Lobel passed away on December 4, 1987 at the age of 54. In 2009 his daughter began releasing previously unpublished works by her father, including  The Frogs and Toads All Sang and  Odd Owls and Stout Pigs.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers consist of original artwork and manuscripts for books published by Arnold Lobel during his career. Materials include artwork and text for the following books.

The front cover design and twenty four ink drawings on board, for his book Giant John, published by  Harper & Row in 1964.

The original manuscript, cover design, contents page, half-title page, and forty-nine vignette text illustrations for Grasshopper on the Road. Published by  Harper & Row in 1978.

A manuscript dummy booklet, preliminary maquette, and final version of The Ice-Cream Cone Coot. Published by  Parent's Magazine Press in 1971.

Cover design and 238 pencil, ink, and watercolor vignettes for The Random House Book of Poetry for Children. This book was edited by  Jack Prelutsky, and published by  Random House in 1983.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Inventory, 1964-1986 

Box

Dummies, Galley proofs, Manuscripts, Notes, 1983, 1986 

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Grasshopper On The Road,  The Random House Book of Poetry for Children.]

1

Dummies, Galley proofs, Manuscripts, 1964, 1971, 1986 

Scope and Content Note

[Subjects include: Giant John,  The Ice Cream Cone Coot And Other Rare Birds.]

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