A Guide to the Anita Riggio Papers, undated, 1968-2000

A Guide to the Anita Riggio Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Anita Riggio Papers
Creator
Riggio, Anita
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1968-2000
Extent
17.0 Linear feet
Abstract
Anita Riggio has illustrated a number of children's books and has also worked as a cartoonist and a commercial illustrator. The collection consists of original artwork and manuscripts for 25 children's books and two magazine articles, in addition to a selection of Ms. Riggio's production materials for her commercial work.
Call Number
1997.0121
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Erin Bartram. (May 2008)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

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

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Books.
  • Correspondence
  • Engravings (prints)
  • Fliers [printed matter]
  • Galley proofs
  • Illustrations (layout features).
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Notebooks
  • Notes
  • Photocopies
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Publications
  • Sketches
  • Typescripts
  • Works of Art

Personal Name(s)

  • Riggio, Anita

Subject(s)

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

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Biography

Anita Riggio has illustrated a number of children's books and has also worked as a cartoonist and a commercial illustrator. A native of  Clifton, New Jersey, she was the middle child in a family of seven, with one brother, three sisters, and two parents. Ms. Riggio attended the local parochial school and spent holidays planning shows for her large extended Italian-American family. She attended Lacordaire School in  Upper Montclair, NJ, and worked as an illustrator for  The Hartford Courant in  Hartford, CT. Ms. Riggio is currently on faculty in the MFA in Creative Writing program at  Lesley University in  Boston, MA. She adapted her 1994 work  Beware the Brindlebeast for the  National Theatre of the Deaf's Little Theatre of the Deaf 2007-2008 tour. She lives in  Wethersfield, CT, with her husband  Roland Axelson.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of original artwork and manuscripts for 25 children's books and two magazine articles, in addition to a selection of Ms. Riggio's production materials for her commercial work. Some artwork from her days as a student are included in series III.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

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

Author/Illustrator

Beware the Brindlebeast, Boyds Mills, 1994. CLC C904

Gert and Frieda, Atheneum, 1990. CLC B84, Levy E2988

Secret signs: along the Underground Railroad, Boyds Mills, 1997. CLC D778

Smack dab in the middle! Putnam's, 2002. CLC D776

Wake up, William! Atheneum, 1987. Levy B1165, CLC C44

Illustrator

Coal Mine Peaches, by Michelle Dionetti, Orchard Books, 1991. Levy F1497

I eat dinner, by Margery Facklam, Little, Brown, 1987. CLC A4298

I go to sleep, by Margery Facklam, Little, Brown, 1987. CLC A4299

Jumping Jenny, by Bonnie Pryor, Morrow Junior Books, 1992. CLC B303

Whispering cloth, by Pegi Dietz Shea, stitched by You Yang, Boyds Mills, 1995. CLC D472

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Children's Literature Illustration, undated, 1987-1994 

BoxFolder

Subseries A: Unpublished Work,  undated, 1981-1986 

Can you do now what Jenny learned how?, Burton Albert, undated 

BoxFolder

Rough cover art, watercolors 

7:88

Can you do now what Susie learned how?, Burton Albert, undated 

BoxFolder

Rough cover art, watercolors 

7:89

Can you do now what Tommy learned how?, Burton Albert, undated 

BoxFolder

Rough cover art, watercolors 

7:90

Can you do now what Willie learned how?, Burton Albert, undated 

BoxFolder

Artwork, gouache 

1:1

Collage 

7:91

Collage 

7:92

Cover art 

7:93

Cover art and illustration, color photocopy 

1:2

Cluck and Duck, undated 

BoxFolder

Original illustration, watercolor 

7:94

Illustrations, color photocopies 

1:3

Illustrations, photographic reproductions   (2 items)

16:177

Matted illustrations, gouache   (2 items)

9:109

I get cleaned up,  Margery Facklam, undated 

BoxFolder

Story text, 

1:4

List of suggested illustrations 

1:4

I like to play,  Margery Facklam, 

BoxFolder

Story text with note, 25 August 1986   (2 copies)

1:4

My Word!, undated 

BoxFolder

Text samples 

1:5

Collages, photographic reproductions   (9 items)

16:178

A Special family, 1981 

BoxFolder

Story text   (2 copies)

1:6

Original art, matted, pen and ink 

1:7

Original art, matted, pen and ink 

1:8

Dummies   (4 items)

1:9

Print of illustration on last page 

Unpublished sample illustrations 

The Lightey Stories, 1985-1986 

BoxFolder

Pencil illustrations, originals and photocopies 

7:95
BoxFolder

Look toward the light, undated 

BoxFolder

Dummies (6 items: 3 miniature, 1 full-size complete, 2 incomplete) 

7:196

Robin Hill, undated 

BoxFolder

Pencil illustrations 

1:10

Pencil illustrations 

7:196

The Secret Seller, undated 

BoxFolder

Pencil sketches 

1:10

Subseries B: Published Work,  undated, 1987-1994 

The Apartment house,  Julie Madeline Schmidt, 1988 

BoxFolder

Story text 

1:11

Preliminary sketches, photocopied 

1:12

Storyboard 

1:12

Final art, photographic reproduction   (2 items)

16:179

Final line art, photocopied 

1:12

Sketches, pencil, original and photocopied 

8:96

Sketches, pencil 

9:110

Artwork, watercolor 

8:97

Artwork, watercolor, pp. 8-9 (3 versions), 10-13, 18-19, 20-21 (2 versions), 24-25, 30-31   (13 items)

9:111

Original illustration, matted 

9:112

Beethoven's cat,  Elisabet McHugh, 1988 

BoxFolder

Final artwork [page 13] 

1:13

Dustjacket 

1:14

Beware the Brindlebeast, 1994 

General note

Older titles Birdie and the Bogey and  Birdie and the Bogey Beast

BoxFolder

Story text 

1:15

Early illustration, pastels and collage Birdie and the Bogey Beast 

12:136

Original dummies Birdie and the Bogey and  Beware the Boogeybeast 

8:188

Photocopied dummy, Birdie and the Bogey 

8:98

Coal mine peaches,  Michelle Dionetti, 1991 

BoxFolder

Artwork, color photocopies 

8:99

Dad Gummit & Ma Foot,  Karen Waggoner, 1990 

BoxFolder

Research materials 

1:16

Sketches 

9:113

Final art, watercolor, pp. 1, 7-9, 12-15, 20-25, 30-31 

General note

Includes jacket illustration and pp. 6-9, 12-15, 20-25, 30, 31

9:114

Black and white proofs with markings 

14:155

Dummy 

1:17

Favorite fairy tales told in Norway,  Virginia Haviland, 1995 

BoxFolder

Final artwork, pen and ink, pp. 3, 16, 29, 33, 41, 47, 51, 53, 60, 65, 67, 71, 75, 79, 81, 85, 90, 20 items 

1:18

Cover illustrations, watercolors   (3 items)

1:18

Line art test prints 

1:19

Gert & Frieda, 1990 

BoxFolder

Story text with markings 

1:20

Early artwork 

8:100

Storyboards and sketches, 

8:101

Dummies   (2 items)

1:21

Type samples 

1:22

Working illustrations, pencil sketches 

9:115

Original illustrations, gouache, cover, half-title, title page, 4-7, 12-13, 16-19, 22-23, 26-27, 31-32   (11 items)

9:116

Galley 1 

1:23

Text galleys   (2 items)

8:102

Proofs   (2 items)

8:103

Dustjacket proofs   (3 items)

1:24

F & G   (2 items)

1:25

Hobie Hanson, greatest hero of the mall,  Jamie Gilson, 1989 

BoxFolder

Story text 

2:26

Sketches, pencil, original and photocopied 

2:27

Color photocopy of illustration 

8:104

Dustjacket 

2:27

Advertisment in Booklist 1989 

2:27

Advance readers copy 

2:28
BoxFolder

I eat dinner,  Margery Facklam, 1987 

BoxFolder

Story text 

2:29

Preliminary storyboard 

2:29

Book dummy 

2:29

Sketches, pencil 

8:105

Working and final artwork, pastel 

8:105

Final artwork   (2 items)

2:30

Matted illustration 

8:106

Dummy 

2:30

I go to sleep,  Margery Facklam, 1987 

BoxFolder

Correspondence, 1986 

2:31

List of illustrations 

2:31

Preliminary storyboard 

2:31

Sketches, pencil 

2:31

Overlays 

2:31

Final artwork   (7 items)

8:107

Book dummies   (3 items)

2:32

Jumping Jenny,  Bonnie Pryor, 1992 

General note

Original title Glad Jenny

BoxFolder

Original manuscript 

2:33

Story text with markings 

2:34

Original sketches, photocopied 

2:35

Original art, pen and ink 

2:35

Dustjacket sketches 

2:36

Dustjacket final art 

2:36

Dustjacket 

2:36

A Moon in my teacup, 1993 

BoxFolder

Proofs, 2nd printing 

General note

Autographed by Riggio with note "With warm wishes to Billie & the Northeast Collection of Children's Literature/ Anita Riggio Nov. 8 1993"

9:117

Final artwork, oil on paper   (13 items)

12:137

Smack dab in the middle, 2002 

General note

Riggio worked through many styles before arriving at the one used for Smack dab in the middle. For each style she produced full sketches and dummies. The penultimate style progressed to final artwork.

BoxFolder

Correspondence, 1999-2000 

3:37

Text on paper and transparency 

3:38

Pencil sketches 

10:118

Preliminary artwork, early styles 

10:119

Pen and ink, penultimate style 

10:120

Pen and ink with text, penultimate style 

10:121

Collage pieces, penultimate style 

3:39

Dummies, penultimate style   (2 items)

10:122

Dummies   (3 items)

3:40

Dummies   (2 items)

3:41

Dummy 

3:42

"Dummy #8" 

3:43

"Dummy #9", penultimate style 

3:44

Dummy, penultimate style 

3:45

"Dummy #10" and "Dummy #11," penultimate style 

10:123

Pen and ink collage pieces, backgrounds, penultimate and final styles 

13:143

Pen and ink collage pieces, backgrounds, penultimate and final styles 

13:144

Painting and printing accidents 

10:124

Painting and printing accidents 

11:126

Artwork in progress, color photocopies, penultimate style 

13:145

Final art, penultimate style 

10:125

Pen and ink, final style 

11:127

Pen and ink, final style 

11:128

Pen and ink, final style, one copy with text   (2 items)

11:129

Final art, final style, pp. 1-3, 6-15, 18-27, 30-31, jacket back   (14 items)

11:130

Final art, final style   (2 items)

13:146

Materials for color selection and matching 

13:147

Paper sample 

OS:187

Interior and jacket mechanicals, final style 

13:148

First proofs 

11:131

Second proofs 

11:132

Second proofs with markings 

11:133

Final printed pages, one-sided 

11:134

F & G 

13:149

Dustjacket first, second, and third proofs and final printing 

11:135

Artwork based on book, collage 

3:46

"This is my place," Gertrude Deutsch, 1990 

General note

Cricket, Apr. 1990

BoxFolder

3 illustrations, watercolor, pp. 61, 61, 64 

3:47

"Trapped by Time and Tide," 1988 

General note

Cricket, Sept. 1988

3:192
BoxFolder

8 illustrations, watercolor 

Wake up, William!, 1987 

General note

Original titles "Mischievous Martin" and The Mischief that Martin Made

BoxFolder

Early summary of "Mischievous Martin" 

4:176

Story text for "Mischievous Martin" 

4:176

Preliminary layout for "Mischievous Martin" 

4:176

Original wordless story art for "Mischievous Martin" pencil/gouache   (2 items)

14:150

Working storyboard   (2 items)

14:151

Cover overlay 

14:152

Original illustration, pencil/gouache   (1 item)

4:48

Original art, half-title through p. 8, p. 10   (7 items)

4:49

Original art, pp. 11-19   (6 items)

4:50

Original art, pp. 20-32   (7 items)

4:51

Photocopies of successive dummies   (8 items)

General note

Includes loose pages of photocopied sketches

4:52

Original dummies   (5 items)

4:190

Transparency 

14:153

F & G 

4:189

Unbound final print 

4:189

Dustjacket   (2 items)

4:53

Misbound book 

General note

The entire first printing of the book was misbound. This is the only remaining copy and has been held out of the general collection so as not to be confusing. See CLC C44 or Levy B 1165 for correct copies.

4:191

Wiggie wins the West,  Elisabet McHugh, 1989 

BoxFolder

Story text 

5:54

Sketches 

5:55

2 color drawings, jacket and unidentified drawing 

14:154

Final artwork, originals and photocopies, pp. 49, 65, 82, 103, 121, 125, 147   (7 items)

5:56

Line art test prints, pp. 61 (2x), 117   (3 items)

5:56

Galley proofs 

5:56

Dust jacket   (2 items)

5:57

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Series II: Commercial Art and Graphic Design, undated, 1982-1989 

BoxFolder

American School for the Deaf, undated 

BoxFolder

Original art 

15:164

Poster   (2 items)

15:164

Asylum Hill poster, undated 

OS:187

"Cacophony," undated 

General note

Prepared with the assistance of Debra Santini

BoxFolder

Collage pieces 

5:88

Collage pieces 

15:165

Collage pieces 

14:146

Backgrounds 

12:138

Backgrounds 

14:146

"Cacophony" film 

Cartoons, original sketches and photocopies, undated 

5:59

Commercial Christmas cards, undated 

BoxFolder

Artwork 

General note

Similar to eventual design for "PAX" card

5:60

Artwork, pen and ink 

14:157

Printed cards   (6 items)

5:61

Connecticut Junior Republic Annual Report, 1989 

BoxFolder

Original artwork 

14:158

Transparency 

5:62

Printed cover   (4 items)

15:166

"The Corey Guide to Postal Exams," 1982 

5:63

Courtroom illustrations 

12:139

"Dolores' Dilemma"[ Weekly Reader], undated 

BoxFolder

Story text with markings   (2 items)

15:167

Photocopy of early sketch 

15:167

Final artwork with text, original and color photocopy   (2 items)

15:167

Immanuel Congregational Church, undated 

BoxFolder

Bulletins 

5:64

"The Hill Center's Feast of Foods," undated 

BoxFolder

Original artwork 

15:169

Printed volume 

5:65

"The Magic Cash Register," 1984 

BoxFolder

Text with markings 

5:66

"The Store that Teaches," 1982 

5:66

Original artwork   (5 items)

14:159

Photocopies of artwork 

14:159

Transparencies 

14:159

Dummies   (5 items)

5:66

Draft cover, with markings, photocopies 

5:66

F & G 

5:66

Cover 

5:66

Newspaper illustration, 1982-1983 

BoxFolder

Red screen things   (12 items)

5:67

Red screen things   (1 item)

15:170

Original illustrations, pen and ink, pencil   (5 items)

14:160

Clippings 

5:68

"The Pig," undated 

BoxFolder

Photocopies of original illustration 

5:69

Photographic reproduction   

16:180

Photographic reproduction   

16:181

Slides   (2 items)

16:193

Negatives   (3 items)

16:194

Unidentified illustration project, undated 

15:171

Weekly Reader, 1991 

BoxFolder

Original art 

5:71

Newspaper clipping 

5:71

Unidentified commercial art, undated 

15:172

Unidentified commercial art, undated 

6:72

Unidentified commercial art, undated 

6:73

Unidentified commercial art, undated 

6:74

Unidentified commercial art, undated 

6:75

Unidentified commercial art, undated 

6:76

Unidentified commercial art, undated 

14:157

Unidentified commercial art, undated 

14:161

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Series III: Personal and Family Art, undated, 1968-2000 

BoxFolder

"Captain Shmock," photographs of sculpture, undated 

16:182

"The Christmas Elf," undated 

15:173

"Dominoes," 1968 

General note

Lacordaire High School literary journal

6:77

Paintings, undated 

Art storage

Personal cards and announcements, undated 

BoxFolder

Original art, Christmas cards, undated 

6:78

Printed Christmas cards, undated 

6:78

Printed moving and birth announcements, undated 

6:79

New Year's card, 2000 

General note

Based on early artwork from Smack dab in the middle

14:162

"The Velveteen Rabbit" photographic reproduction, undated 

16:183

High school art notebook, undated 

6:80

Sketch notebook, 1969 

6:81

Sketch pad, 1978 

6:82

Collages and photocopies from class with Leonard Everett Fisher, undated   (5 items)

14:163

Unidentified personal art, undated 

6:83

Unidentified personal art, undated 

6:84

Unidentified personal art, undated 

General note

Includes art in response to 9/11 as part of a travelling exhibit sponsored by the Society of Illustrators

15:174

Unidentified personal art, undated 

15:175

Unidentified personal art, undated 

12:141

Unidentified personal art, undated 

General note

Most of this artwork is from when Riggio was a high school student at Lacordaire Academy in Montclair, NJ.

12:142

Unidentified photographs of art; research photographs, undated   (2 items)

16:184

Unidentified photographs of art; research photographs, undated   (15 items)

16:185

Unidentified photographs of art; research photographs, undated   (18 items)

16:186

Unidentified negatives of art photographs, undated   (2 items)

16:195

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Series IV: Ephemera, 1980-1996 

BoxFolder

Newspaper articles about Riggio, 1980-1988 

6:85

School visit materials, 1996 

6:86

Correspondence from children, 1996 

6:87

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