Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Tibor Gergely papers & drawings, 1935-1977

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0478
Bib ID 4079718 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Gergely, Tibor, 1900-1978
Title Tibor Gergely papers & drawings, 1935-1977
Physical Description 9 linear feet (10 boxes; 2 oversize boxes; 9 mapcase drawers)
Language(s) English , German , Hungarian , French .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Arranged in three series Manuscripts (uncataloged); Uncataloged Correspondence; Book Illustrations; Addition 2018


Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, drawings, watercolors, sketches, proofs, and printed materials. The collection includes original watercolor, pen-and-ink, and pencil illustrations for fifty books by various authors, beginning with Georges Duplaix's TOPSY TURVY CIRCUS (1940), and continuing with Golden Book's Scuffy the Tugboat & Tootles the Train by Gertrude Crampton; Duplaix's The Merry Shipwreck; Kipling's The Jungle Books, and the artist's dummy for The Wheel on the Chimney by Margaret Wise Brown, a Caldecott Honor book. Also included are illustrations for nineteen books by Gergely; advertising and commercial art of the 1940s, political cartoons and carricatures from the 1930s 1940s in Europe and America; designs for greeting cards, posters, and record jackets; and eighteen watercolor drawings for NEW YORKER covers, many of which were published in the 1940s. A selection of manuscripts, correspondence, and printed materials is also included in the collection.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Tibor Gergely papers & drawings; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

See also the Gergely correspondence in the Oscar Jaszi Papers

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Greta Loebl & Mr & Mrs Leslie J. Schreyer, 1980-1981; gift of Greta Loebl, 1983.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed ADS 12/18/85.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artists' proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caricatures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greeting cards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paintings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Political cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketchbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watercolor drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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Artists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catalogs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Children's literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Commercial art Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrated children's books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Magazine covers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Magazine illustration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Painters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Set designers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Hungarian-born painter and illustrator who came to New York in 1939 & died in 1978. best known in this country for his work on the popular Golden Book series for children.