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Tibor Gergely papers & drawings, 1935-1977. 

Gergely, Tibor, 1900-1978.
Phys. Desc: 
7 linear ft ( 10 boxes, 1 oversize box, & 9 mapcase drawers)
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Biographical Note

Hungarian-born painter and illustrator who came to New York in 1939 & died in 1978, best known in this country for his work on the popular Golden Book series for children.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, drawings, watercolors, sketches, proofs, and printed materials. The collection includes original watercolor, pen-and-ink, and pencil illustrations for fifty books by various authors, beginning with Georges Duplaix's TOPSY TURVY CIRCUS (1940), and continuing with Golden Book's SCUFFY THE TUGBOAT & TOOTLES THE TRAIN by Gertrude Crampton; Duplaix's THE MERRY SHIPWRECK; Kipling's THE JUNGLE BOOKS, and the artist's dummy for THE WHEEL ON THE CHIMNEY by Margaret Wise Brown, a Caldecott Honor book. Also included are illustrations for nineteen books by Gergely; advertising and commercial art of the 1940s, political cartoons and carricatures from the 1930s 1940s in Europe and America; designs for greeting cards, posters, and record jackets; and eighteen watercolor drawings for NEW YORKER covers, many of which were published in the 1940s. A selection of manuscripts, correspondence, and printed materials is also included in the collection.