Collection of Gillett Griffin production materials for A Mouse’s Tale
Call Number: AOB 116
Scope and Contents
The collection contains illustrations, proofs, and sketches created by Gillett Griffin for the publication of A Mouse’s Tale, which began as a design project at Yale, received an award in the annual American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) “50 Best-Designed Books” competition in 1951, and was published as a trade edition the following year. The collection also contains related correspondence, ephemera, and other process materials, including printing plates and woodblocks.
- circa 1951-1965
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.
Preliminary box listing only.
1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection contains illustrations, proofs, and sketches created by Gillett Griffin for the publication of A Mouse’s Tale.
Biographical / Historical
Gillett Good Griffin (b. 1928) earned his BFA from Yale in 1951. His studies at Yale included a project to write, illustrate, and print his first children’s book, entitled A Mouse’s Tale, which received an award as part of the 1951 American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) annual “50 Best-Designed Books” competition. In 1952 Griffin became curator of Princeton University’s Graphic Arts Collection in the Firestone Library. With the exception of a stint in the late ’50s designing books for Princeton University Press, Griffin remained graphic arts curator until 1966, when he traveled to Mexico to pursue his interests in pre-Columbian art. He returned to Princeton in 1967 in a new role as curator of pre-Columbian and primitive art at the Princeton University Art Museum. In addition to his long career as a curator and teacher at Princeton, Griffin continues as an artist and art collector.
Thesis copy and published copy of A Mouse’s Tale are also individually cataloged in Orbis.
- Guide to the Collection of Gillett Griffin Production Materials for A Mouse’s Tale
- Compiled by Melissa Quinones
- July 2013
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.