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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Laura Bannon

Scope and Content of the Collection

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the Laura Bannon Collection of Illustrations, 1939-1958


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
URL: http://www.newberry.org

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Polly Smith, 2009.

©2009.


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Bannon, Laura
Title Laura Bannon Collection of Illustrations
Dates 1939-1958
Extent 0.5 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize envelope)
Abstract Original artwork for eight children’s books by Chicago illustrator and author Laura Bannon.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Wing Modern MS Bannon
Collection Stack Location 3a 52 3

Administrative Information

Cite As

Laura Bannon Collection of Illustrations, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift, David Painter, 1988.

Processed by

Arlene Hausman, 1998; Paul F. Gehl, 2009

Access

The Laura Bannon Collection of Illustrations are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Laura Bannon Collection of Illustrations are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Laura Bannon

Laura Bannon (1895-1963) was a Chicago painter and children’s book illustrator and author. She was born in Acme, Michigan, studied at the Michigan State Normal School (Kalamazoo, now Western Michigan University) and at the Art Institute of Chicago. She also taught at the School of the Art Institute. The first children’s book she authored was published in 1939; in all she wrote and/or illustrated over twenty books. She received numerous awards including those of the Children’s Reading Round Table of Chicago and the Society of Typographical Arts. She died on December 14, 1963.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Principally completed original artwork published by Houghton Mifflin, Albert Whitman & Company, etc.; included are charcoal sketches, pencil sketches, pen and ink drawings, and color illustrations for Chang Chee (1939), Manuela’s Birthday in Old Mexico (1939), Gregorio and the White Llama (1944), Patty Paints a Picture (1946), Rogue Reynard (1947), Watchdog (1948), Horse on a Houseboat (1951). There is also a complete dummy for The Best House in the World (1952)

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Albert Whitman & Company
  • Bannon, Laura
  • Houghton Mifflin Company

Subjects

  • Children’s books -- Illustrations
  • Children’s literature, American
  • Dummies (Publishing)
  • Gouaches (paintings)
  • Illustrated children’s books
  • Illustration of books -- 20th century -- United States
  • Illustrators -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History
  • Sketches

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Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Biographical information (clippings)
1 2 - 3 Chang Chee, charcoal sketches, 1939
1 4 Manuela's Birthday, color pencil sketch, 1939
1 5 - 10 Gregorio and the While Llama, gouache drawings, 1944
1 11 - 14 Rogue Reynard, ink drawings, 1947
1 15 - 16 Watch Dog, gouache drawings, 1948
1 17 - 20 Horse on a Houseboat, pen and ink drawings, 1951
1 21 Best House in the World, gouache drawing, 1952
1 22 Best House in the World, complete dummy, 1952
2 23 Chang Chee, charcoal sketch, 1939
2 24 Patty Paints a Picture, gouache drawing, 1946
2 25 Watch Dog, gouache drawing, 1948