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Edgar Parin and Ingri D'Aulaire Papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 874
Scope and Contents

The Edgar Parin and Ingri D'Aulaire Papers document the D'Aulaires' creative process and collaborative work as authors and illustrators of children's books. The papers are comprised of artwork (including drawings and sketches), writings (manuscripts and research papers), correspondence, printed material, motion picture film, art supplies, photographs, and other related papers. The papers provide evidence of the D'Aulaires' creative life and shed light into the production of popular American children's literature during the twentieth-century.

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.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

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

The Edgar Parin and Ingri D'Aulaire Papers are 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

Purchased from Nils Daulaire and Per Ola D'Aulaire on the Jockey Hollow Fund, 2006.

Gift of Nils Daulaire and Per Ola D'Aulaire, 2006-2007.


Organized into four groupings: I. February 2006 Acquisition, 1931-1976. II. March 2006 Acquisition, 1930-1978. III. March 2006 Acquisition, 1930. IV. September 2007 Acquisition, 1909-1985.

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.

circa 1909-1985
62.56 Linear Feet ((187 boxes) + 8 broadsides, 39 rolls and 1 record album storage)
Related Names
D'Aulaire, Edgar Parin, 1898-1986
D'Aulaire, Ingri, 1904-1980
Language of Materials