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   Tibor Gergely Papers and Drawings, 1935-1977

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Preferred Citation

Tibor Gergely Papers and Drawings. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079718 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Gergely, Tibor, 1900-1978
Title:Tibor Gergely Papers and Drawings, 1935-1977
Physical description:9 linear feet (10 boxes; 2 oversize boxes; 9 mapcase drawers)
Language(s):In English
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Arranged in three series

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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.

Manuscripts (uncataloged):

Uncataloged Correspondence

Book Illustrations

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Using the Collection


Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Tibor Gergely Papers and Drawings. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed 12/18/85 ADS

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.

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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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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Artists' proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Greeting cards.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Watercolor drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Children's literature.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Commercial art.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Golden books.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Illustrated children's books.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Magazine covers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Magazine illustration.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Political cartoons.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Set designers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
The New Yorker.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

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.

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