Edgar Parin and Ingri D'Aulaire Papers
Scope and Contents
A broad range of the D'Aulaires' professional life is reflected in the papers from their early collaboration on The Magic Rug (1931) to publications produced during the 1970s, such as D'Aulaires' Trolls (1972). In addition the papers are comprised of documents relating to various points in their creative process. Autograph manuscripts and typescripts provide insight into earlier phases of the production process whereas proofs and galleys reveal the involvement of printers and publishers. Copper plates and lithograph stones provide further insight into the production of the D'Aulaires' books. Their artistic life is also reflected in various objects such as art supplies and a documentary film Children of the Northlights.
The papers also include correspondence, photographs, home movies, and personal effects, which are a window into the D'Aulaires' personal lives.
- circa 1909-1985
Conditions Governing Access
Record Album Storage, Box 3 (commercial record album): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 172-189 (motion picture films and reel-to-reel sound recordings): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 190 (videocassette and DVD): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 230-233 (lithograph stones): Restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Nils Daulaire and Per Ola D'Aulaire, 2006-2007.
Material within this collection has been organized by acquisition reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time.
Researchers should note that material within each acquisition overlaps with and/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. For instance, art work and drawings can be found in most, if not all, of the groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section.
Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each acquisition, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the library.
62.56 Linear Feet ((187 boxes) + 8 broadsides, 39 rolls and 1 record album storage)
Language of Materials
Edgar Parin D'Aulaire (1898-1986) and Ingri D'Aulaire (1904-1980)
Ingri Mortenson was born on December 27, 1904 in Kongsberg, Norway to Per and Oline Mortenson. She studied art at the Institute of Arts and Crafts in Oslo, Norway, Hans Hofman School of Art in Munich, Germany, and Academie Scandinave, Academie Gauguin, and Academie Andre L'Hote in Paris, France.
Edgar Parin was born on September 30, 1898 in Munich, Germany, to Gino and Ella Parin. Edgar Parin adopted his mother's maiden name, D'Aulaire, for his professional identity. D'Aulaire attended the Technological Institute of Munich and Hans Hofman School of Art in Munich, Germany before continuing his studies in Paris (including a period as a pupil of Henri Matisse).
Ingri Mortenson and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire met while attending the Hans Hofman School of Art and were married on July 24, 1925. After living and studying in Paris the D'Aulaires immigrated to the United States in 1929 settling in New York and then Connecticut. In 1930 they began collaborating on children's books with their first publication The Magic Rug appearing in 1931. The D'Aulaires drew inspiration from Norwegian folktales and American historical figures for their work. In 1940 the D'Aulaires were awarded a Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association for Abraham Lincoln. Other recognition includes the Catholic Library Association Regina Medal (1970) and a nomination for the National Book Award (1973).
The D'Aulaires had two sons: Per Ola and Nils Maarten.
Ingri D'Aulaire died of cancer on October 24, 1980. Edgar D'Aulaire died on May 1, 1986.
The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as: Uncat MSS 844, Uncat MSS 858, Uncat MS Vault File, and Uncat MSS 985. This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization in 2012. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, identified by a unique call number and titled according to month and year of acquisition.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Children's literature, American -- 20th century
- D'Aulaire, Edgar Parin, 1898-1986
- D'Aulaire, Ingri, 1904-1980
- Illustration of books -- United States
- Illustrations (layout features)
- Illustrators, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Motion pictures (visual works)
- Picture books for children -- United States
- Slides (photographs)
- Guide to the Edgar Parin and Ingri D'Aulaire Papers
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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