A Guide to the Barbara Cooney Papers, 1953-1999

A Guide to the Barbara Cooney Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Barbara Cooney Papers
Creator
Cooney , Barbara, 1917-
Inclusive Dates
1953-1999
Extent
58.0 Linear feet
Abstract
Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) was a freelance author and illustrator of over one hundred children's books.
Call Number
1997.0102
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Jocelyn Drabek. (July 2002)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item, Folder #], Barbara Cooney Papers. Archives and 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 Archives and Special Collections by the estate of Barbara Cooney in 2001.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item, Folder #], Barbara Cooney Papers. Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Cooney , Barbara, 1917-

Subject(s)

  • Northeast Children's Literature Collection.

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Biography

Barbara Cooney was born 6 August 1917, in  Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Russell Schenck (a stockbroker) and Mae Evelyn (an artist; maiden name, Bossert) Cooney. She was educated at  Smith College (B.A., 1938) and attended the  Art Students League (1940). During World War II she served in the  Women's Army Corps (1942-1943), achieving the rank of second lieutenant.

A freelance author and illustrator (1938-2000), Cooney's works are also held in the Kerlan Collection at the  University of Minnesota, the  de Grummond Collection at the  University of Southern Mississippi, and in museums at  Rutgers University,  Bowdoin College, and in the public libraries of  Gary, Indiana,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She is the recipient of many awards for her work:

New York Herald Tribune's Children's Spring Book Festival Honor Book. Green Wagons, 1943;  Too Many Pets, 1952.

American Library Association Notable Book citation. American Folk Songs for Children in Home, School and Nursery School, 1948;  Chanticleer and the Fox, 1958;  Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose, 1974.

Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association. Chanticleer and the Fox, 1959;  Ox-Cart Man, 1980.

Chandler Book Talk Award of Merit, 1964.

Child Study Association of America Children's Books of the Year. Christmas Folk and  The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, 1969;  Hermes, Lord of Robbers and  Book of Princesses, 1971;  Down to the Beach, 1973;  Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose, 1974;  Lexington and Concord, 1775, 1975;  The Story of Holly and Ivy,  Christmas in the Barn,  The Little Fir Tree and  Emma, 1986.

School Library Journal's Best Books List  Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose, 1974.

New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year  Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose, 1974;  When the Sky Is Like Lace, 1975;  Ox-Cart Man, 1979.

Silver Medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi 1975, for outstanding contributions to the field of children's books.

Medal from Smith College 1976, for her body of work.

New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year  Ox-Cart Man, 1979.

Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies and Children's Book Council Tortillitas para Mama and Other Nursery Rhymes, 1982;  The Story of Holly and Ivy, 1986.

American Book Award for Hardcover Picture Book from the Association of American Publishers  Miss Rumphius, 1983.

New York Times Best Book of the Year  Miss Rumphius, 1983.

Notable Children's Book, Association for Library Services to Children, American Library Association  Spirit Child, 1984.Honor list  Island Boy, 1989

Ph.D., Fitchburg State College, 1988.

Keene State College Children's Literature Festival Award, 1989.

McCord Children's Literature Citation, 1990.

Lupine Award for Hattie and the Wild Waves, 1990.

Kerlan Award, 1992, for body of work.

Honorary doctorates from the University of Maine at Machais (1994),  Westbrook College (1995), and  Bowdoin College (1996).

Proclaimed an official state treasure of Maine, 1996.

Cooney died after a long illness on 10 March 2000.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains preliminary and finished artwork for 23 titles. Materials include dummies, preliminary artwork, sketches, book jackets, finished art, galleys and proofs.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

Barbara Cooney interview 1997-0102.vr1

Miss Rumphus 1997-0102.cd1

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Bibliography

Children's Literature Review, Volume 23,  Detroit:   Gale, 1991.Colby, Jean Poindexter. Writing, Illustrating, and Editing Children's Books.  New York:  Hastings House, 1967.Field, Elinor W. Horn Book Reflections.  Boston: , Horn Book, 1969.Fuller, Muriel, editor. More Junior Authors.  Bronx, NY:  , H. W. Wilson, 1963, pp. 53-54.Georgiou, Constantine. Children and Their Literature,  Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Prentice-Hall , 1969.Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Books Are by People.  New York:  Citation Press, 1969,pp. 42-43.Hurlimann, Bettina. Picture-Book World.  World Publishing, 1969.Klemin, Diana. The Art of Art for Children's Books.  New York:  C. N. Potter , 1966.Roginski, Jim, compiler. Newbery and Caldecott Medalists and Honor Book Winners.  Littleton, CO:  LibrariesUnlimited, 1982.Twentieth Century Children's Writers. Fourth edition.  Detroit:  St. James Press, 1995.Booklist, November 1, 1990, p. 528; February 1, 1994, pp. 980, 984; March 15, 1995, p. 348.Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books , December, 1990, pp. 81-82; November, 1996, pp. 93-94. Chicago Tribune--Books, November 2, 1958, p. 11.Children's Literature Association Quarterly, winter, 1984-85, pp. 152-53. Horn Book Magazine, August, 1959, pp. 310-14; October, 1960, pp. 386-87; February, 1980, pp.44-45; August, 1980, pp. 378-82, 383-87; November, 1988, pp. 769-70; September, 1992, p. 581; January-February, 1994, pp. 110-11; May, 1994; September-October, 1996, pp. 610-11.Instructor, March, 1985, pp. 94-96. Junior Bookshelf, December, 1980, pp. 283-84; December, 1989, p. 262. Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 1988, p. 1467; October 15, 1995, p. 1488. Los Angeles Times Book Review, November 20, 1988, p. 8. New York Times Book Review, November 2, 1958, p. 2; December 4, 1968, p. 40; November 11,1979, p. 51; April 25, 1982, p. 42; November 14, 1982, p. 43; December 4, 1988, p. 40; January 6, 1991, p. 26; December 8, 1996, p. 78.Publishers Weekly, March 23, 1959; July 9, 1982, p. 49; July 29, 1988, p. 138; June 29, 1990, p.68; March, 1991, pp. 194-95; April 12, 1991, p. 57; September 18, 1995, p. 103; October 14, 1996, pp. 31-32. School Library Journal, October, 1988, pp. 116-17; October, 1995, p. 36; September, 1996, pp.195-96. Washington Post Book World, May 9, 1982, p. 16; November 6, 1988, p. 14. Portland Press Herald, March 14, 2000, p.1A.

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Collection Inventory

Books, 1953-1999 

Grandfather Whiskers, M.D., A Graymouse Story.  Nellie M. Leonard.  Thomas Y. Crowell, 1953

 

Box

Jacket, 4 photostats, pp. VI, pp. 6, 7, 14, 19, 29, 37, 41, 42, 53, 62, 69, 77, 82, 84, 95, 105, 106, 113, 127, 135, 140, 142, 151, 158, 160, 164, 179, 181, 187, 189, 197, 199, 209, 1 sketch 

MC 11

Seasonal Verses Gathered by Elizabeth George Speare from the Connecticut Almanack for the Year of the Christian Era, 17.  Elizabeth George Speare.  American Library Association (Chicago), 1959.

 

Box

Book, sketches, paste-up, loose printed illustrations 

8

The American Speller, adapted from Noah Webster's " Blue-Backed Speller."  Thomas Crowell, 1960.

 

Box

pp. 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, 19-26, 28, 29-31, 33-41, 43-56, 58-61, 63-69 

MC 11

Favorite Fairy Tale Told in Spain.  Virginia Haviland.  Little, 1963.

 

Box

pp. 16, 26, 33, 53, 5 sketches, 2 proofs 

MC 11

A White Heron.  Sara Orne Jewett.  Thomas Y. Crowell, 1963.

 

Box

(by Book) jacket, title page, pp. 1-3, 5-6, 10-13, 16-17, 19, 22-25, 27, 29-32, 35, 4 sketches 

MC 11

Mother Goose in French. Translated by  Hough Latham.  Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1964.

 

Box

pp. 6-13, 16-23, 25-30, 33-37, 42-43 

MC 11

Papillot, Clignot Et Dodo.  Eugene Field, translated by  Francis Steegmuller and  Norbert Guterman.  Farrar Straus, 1964.

 

Box

jacket, endpaper, title page, opening of text, pp. 1-6, 10-13 

MC11

Snow-White and Rose-Red. Jacob and  Wilhelm Grimm, adapted by  Barbara Cooney.  Constable Ltd., 1964.

 

Box

jacket, frontis, pp. 5, 6-20, 25, 26-27, 29-31, 33-35, 37-39, 41-46, 4 sketches 

MC 11

A Littel Prayer.  Barbara Cooney.  Hastings, 1967.

 

Box

jacket, pp. 3, 6-11, 13-24, 26, 30 

MC 11

Mother Goose In Spanish.  Alsatair Reid and  Anthony Kerrigan.  Thomas Y. Crowell, 1968.

 

Box

pp. 22-23, 30-31 

MC 11

Christmas Folk.  Natalia Belting.  Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969.

 

Box

pp. 2-3, 8-9, 11-13, 16-19, 20-21, 26-29, 32-33, 35-37, 4 sketches 

MC 11

Hermes, Lord of Robbers.  Homer, translated by  Penelope Proddow.  Doubleday, 1971.

 

Box

pp. 4-5, 8, 10-11, 36-37 

MC 11

Demeter and Persephone.  Homer, translated by  Penelope Proddow.  Doubleday, 1972.

 

Box

pp. 15, 20-21, 22-23, 27 

MC11

Donkey Prince.  M. Jean Craig.  Doubleday, 1977.

 

Box

Dummy, Jacket, test illustrations, pp. 1-2, 6-7, 8-14, 17, 19, 23, 25-26, 28-29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41 

MC 11

"I am Cherry Alive" The Little Girl Sang.  Delmore Schwartz.  Harper and Row, 1978.

 

Box

pp. 2, 3, 7, 13, 14, 19, 26-29, 10 unused and 1 unknown illustration 

MC 11

Tortillitas Para Mama. Translated by  Margot C. Griego,  Betsy L. Bucks,  Sharon S. Gilbert, and  Laurel H. Kimball.  Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1981.

 

Box

cover, pp. 6, 9, 11, 12-15, 18-21, 23, 25-27 

MC 11

Spirit Child: a story of the Nativity.  Bernardino de Sahagun, translated from the Aztec by  John Bierhorst.  Morrow, 1984.

 

Box

Jacket, pp. 3, 7-8, 10/11-14/15, 17 and alternate, 18/19-20/21, 23, 24/25-28/29, 31-32 

MC 11

Louhi, Witch Of North Farm.  Toni de Gerez.  Viking, 1986.

 

Box

Jacket, pp. 1-3, 6-13, 16-25, 28-29, dummy, overlays 

MC 11

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree.  Gloria Houston.  Dial, 1988.

 

Box

Dummy, 2 jacket sketches, pp. 1, 5, 3-7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17-23, 27-32 

MC 11

Roxaboxen.  Alice McLerran.  Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1991.

 

Box

Sketches, proofs, dummy, pp. 3, 5, 6-7, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22-23, 24-25, 26, 27, 28, 30-31 

2

Letting Swift River Go.  Jane Yolen.  Little, Brown, 1992.

 

Box

dummy, sketches, jacket, title page, pp. 5-13, 14-16, 18-19, 2-22, 24-27, 30-32 

MC 11

Emily.  Michael Bedard.  Doubleday, 1992.

 

Box

Dummy, exhibit labels, book sleeve, sketches, roll, jacket, pp. 1, 3, 5-11, 14, 15, 16 or 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 27-29, 31-35 

5-7

The Remarkable Christmas of the Cobbler's Sons.  Ruth Sawyer.  Viking, 1994.

 

Box

p. 15 framed jacket/cover 

3
BoxFolder

pp. 1-11, 13, 15-19, 21, 23, 25-26, 28-32 

4

Only Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl. Opal Whiteley, selected and adapted by Jane Boulton, Philomel, 1994. 

Map-case

Dummy and copy photographs of Opal Whiteley, family and logging camp 1992 

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with donor of Opal Whiteley biographical material.

11:114

Basket Moon.  Mary Lyn Ray.  Little, Brown, 1998.

 

Box

Dummy, pp. 6-32 

1

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