Helen Sewell Papers,[ca. 1930-1955]

Collection Number: 6616

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Helen Sewell papers, [ca. 1930-1955]
Collection Number:
6616
Creator:
Helen, Sewell 1896-
Quantity:
5 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Artwork, correspondence, photographs,
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence with publishers, other letters, photographs, and original illustrations and artwork for her cards and books.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Illustrator.
Helen Moore Sewell, the daughter of William Elbridge Sewell and Minnie Moore, was born into a Navy family and spent part of her early years in Japan and Guam. She attended the Pratt Institute and studied painting with the artist Archipenko. She worked on Christmas and greeting cards, and illustrated many books, particularly for children. She was the original illustrator for the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She later wrote and illustrated her own books for children.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Correspondence with publishers, other letters, photographs, and original illustrations and artwork for her cards and books.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Sewell, Helen,1896-

Subjects:
Children's books--History--United States--20th century.
Picture books for children--Publishing--United States.
Illustrators--United States.
Children's literature--Illustrations.
Picture books.
Illustrators.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Helen Sewell papers, #6616. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Publisher Correspondence
1935-1965
Box 1 Folder 2
Publisher Agreements and Contracts
1935-1954
Box 1 Folder 3
Royalty Statements
1965-1966
Box 1 Folder 4
Estate Records
1957-1960
Box 1 Folder 5
Simon & Schuster and Scribner's Documents
1958-1994
Box 1 Folder 6
Royalty Claims and Correspondence between Patricia Hill and MacMillian Publishing
1990-1993
Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence with Family
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 8
Correspondence with Susanne Lauger
1920-1941
Box 1 Folder 9
Misc. Correspondence
1945
Box 1 Folder 10-11
Correspondence with Patricia Cautley
1936-1943
Box 1 Folder 12
Misc. Book Information and Correspondence
1950s-1960s
Box 1 Folder 13
Misc. Correspondence
1911-1952
Box 1 Folder 14
Misc. Correspondence
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 15
Misc. Correspondence, Articles, and Photos
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 16
Helen Sewell Curriculum Vitae
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 17
Helen Sewell Photos (baby to adult) and review from the New Yorker
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 18
Helen Sewell Photographs (all ages)
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 19
Misc. Publications and Correspondence
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 20
Publications and Photos of Helen Sewell Illustrations
1930-1946
Box 1 Folder 21
American Artist Magazine with Helen Sewell Feature
1958
Box 1 Folder 22
Photos of Ink Drawings
1957
Box 1 Folder 23
Christmas Card Illustations
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 24
Manuscripts for "Patience is a Virtue" and the "Village of Peace and Happiness"
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 25
Misc. Photos
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 26
Copy of "Belinda and the Mouse" and the Hornbook Magazine
1944, 1957
Box 1 Folder 27-28
Illustrations for "Blue Bonnets for Lucinda"
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 29
Copy of "Building a House in Sweden"
1931
Box 1 Folder 30
Helen Sewell's New York City Contacts (index cards)
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 31
Metal Stamp of Helen Sewell Illustration
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 32
Interview of Patricia Hill by K. Gauley (cassette tape)
1987
Box 1 Folder 33
Helen Sewell Interview with Alice Duubay (cassette tape)
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 34
Sense and Sensibility study drawings
n.d.
Box 2 Folder 1
"A First Bible" illustrations
Box 2 Folder 2-3
"A Head for Happy" illustrations
Box 2 Folder 4
"Azor and the Blue-Eyed Cow" illustrations
Box 2 Folder 5
"Azor and the Haddock" illustrations
Box 2 Folder 6-7
"The Bears on Hemlock Mountain" illustrations
Box 2 Folder 8
"Blue Barns" illustrations
Box 2 Folder 9
"Brave Bantam" illustrations and sketches
Box 2 Folder 10
"Dream Keeper" illustrations
Box 2 Folder 11
Fishermen illustrations
Box 3 Folder 1
"Jane Eyre" illustrations
Box 3 Folder 2
"Jimmy and Jemima" illustrations
Box 3 Folder 3
"Once There Was a Little Boy" illustrations
Box 3 Folder 4
"Sense and Sensibility" illustrations
Box 4 Folder 1
"Tag Along Too Loo" illustrations
Box 4 Folder 2-4
"Three Tall Tales" illustrations
Box 4 Folder 5-7
Misc. Illustrations
Box 5 Folder 1-9
Misc. Ink Drawings and Illustrations
Box 6 Folder 1-4
"In the Beginning" illustrations
Box 7 Folder 1-2
"Pride and Prejudice" illustrations
Box 7 Folder 3-7
"Tag Along Too Loo" illustrations
Box 8 Folder 1
"A Round of Carols"
Undated
Box 8 Folder 2
"Azor"
Undated
Box 8 Folder 3
"Azor and the Blue-eyed Cow"
Undated
Box 8 Folder 4
"Azor and the Haddock"
Undated
Box 8 Folder 5
"Emily Dickenson"
Undated
Box 8 Folder 6
"Emily Dickenson" 2
Undated
Box 8 Folder 7
"Three Kings of Saba"
Undated
Box 8 Folder 8
"Wrinkles Went Riding"
Undated
Box 8 Folder 9
Untitled
Undated
Mapcase Folder 1-2
Misc. Ink Drawings
Mapcase Folder 3-6
Misc. Paintings
Mapcase Folder 7
Misc. Illustrations
Mapcase Folder 8
"Jane Eyre" illustrations