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Laura Bannon collection of illustrations

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-Bannon

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)


  • Creation: 1939-1958



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing 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 at

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.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 oversize envelope)


Original artwork for eight children’s books by Chicago illustrator and author Laura Bannon.

Collection Stack Location

4a 30 5


Gift, David Painter, 1988.

Processed by

Arlene Hausman, 1998; Paul F. Gehl, 2009

Inventory of the Laura Bannon collection of illustrations, 1939-1958
Arlene Hausman, 1998; Paul F. Gehl, 2009
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States