Scope and Contents
The collection contains original artwork, drafts, notes, proofs, dummies, mechanicals, mockups, and other materials for books by children's author and illustrator Arnold Lobel, and works of others illustrated by Lobel. Included are materials related to one of Lobel's earliest works, Prince Bertram the Bad, as well as Mouse Soup and The Turnaround Wind, and his illustrations for children's authors such as Laura Geringer, Valerie Scho Carey, Cheli Durán, Maxine Kumin, Edward Lear, Doris Orgel, Peggy Parish, Burr Tillstrom, Jean Van Leeuwen, and Harriet Ziefert. Artwork consists of sketches and watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, and pen and wash drawings.
- circa 1963-1987
- Lobel, Arnold (Artist)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Arnold Lobel Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Adrianne Lobel, Adam Lobel, and the Estate of Arnold Lobel, 2017.
Organized into two series: I. Written and Illustrated by Lobel, 1963-1987. II. Writings of Others Illustrated by Lobel, 1968-1987.
49.27 Linear Feet (31 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection contains original artwork, drafts, notes, proofs, dummies, mockups, mechanicals, and other material for books by children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel, and works of others illustrated by Lobel.
Arnold Lobel (1933-1987)
Arnold Lobel was an American author and illustrator who worked on nearly 100 children's books. He was born on May 22, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Schenectady, New York. In 1955, Lobel graduated with a BFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation, he supported himself as an illustrator for advertising agencies and trade magazines. Lobel began his career in children's literature illustrating Harper & Row's early reader books. His first book as an author and illustrator was A Zoo for Mister Muster (1962).
Among his most recognized works is a series of four books about a frog and a toad: Frog and Toad Are Friends (1970); Frog and Toad Together (1972); Frog and Toad all Year (1976); and Days with Frog and Toad (1979). Frog and Toad are Friends was chosen as a 1971 Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association, and Frog and Toad Together was recognized as a Newbery Honor Book in 1973. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1981 for Fables. Other works by Lobel include The Man Who Took the Indoors Out (1974), Mouse Soup (1977), Ming Lo Moves the Mountain (1982), On the Day Peter Stuyvesant Sailed Into Town (1971), Prince Bertram the Bad (1963), and The Turnaround Wind (1987). Lobel also illustrated children's books for authors such as Laura Geringer, Valerie Scho Carey, Cheli Durán, Burr Tillstrom, Harriet Ziefert, Doris Orgel, Maxine Kumin, Jean Van Leeuwen, Peggy Parish, and Edward Lear. Other works as illustrator include Gregory Griggs and Other Nursery Rhyme People (1978), Random House Book of Mother Goose (1986), and Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983).
In 1955, Lobel married children's author and illustrator Anita Kempler. They collaborated on books such as How the Rooster Saved the Day (1977), A Treeful of Pigs (1979), and On Market Street (1981). The couple had two children, Adrianne and Adam. In 1974, Lobel came out to his family as gay. He died of cardiac arrest in New York in 1987.
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- Authors, American -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th century -- Archives
- Children's literature -- Illustrations
- Children's literature, American -- 20th century
- Durán, Cheli
- Geringer, Laura
- Illustrated works (documents)
- Kumin, Maxine, 1925-2014
- Lear, Edward, 1812-1888
- Lobel, Arnold
- Pen and ink drawings
- Pen and wash drawings
- Pencil drawings
- Tillstrom, Burr
- Watercolors (paintings)
- Guide to the Arnold Lobel Papers
- by Annalise Hennessey and Lucretia Baskin
- November 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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