February 1990, an extensive grouping of sketches, drawings,
and color separations was received. Included were original
drawings from Zebrology, Tit for Tat, Katy No-Pocket,
Billy's Picture, We Three Kings and Other Christmas Carols,
and See the Circus. Pen and ink drawings with color-separated
overlays for Curious George, Curious George Takes a
Job, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Goes
to the Hospital, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, Curious
George Rides a Bike, and Curious George Flies a
Kite give a glimpse into the production phase of bookmaking.
Sketches and finished artwork for a number of unpublished
works including "Nonsense ABC," "La Rue," "Der Schlangentoter,"
"O Vegetariano Convertido," and "Whiteblack the Penguin
Sees the World" were also in the donation.
Rey died in 1996, bequeathing her literary archive to
the de Grummond Collection. This newest installment to
the growing Rey collection included all of the surviving
original illustrations created for Curious George
as well as sketches, illustrations, dummies, and color
separations for the other six Curious George titles --
Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, Elizabite, Find the
Constellations, Look for the Letters, and The Stars.
Extensive publisher correspondence and contracts give
an excellent picture of the relationship between the Reys
and their editors. (For more information on the details
of this contribution, please see previous issues of this
number of researchers have already utilized this important
archive, and we expect several projects to reach fruition
in the next few years. The funding from the Rey estate
will allow us to undertake projects that will benefit
future researchers. One of the most important efforts
is the translation into English of hundreds of documents
in German, Portugese, French, and Russian. As time allows,
we will transfer a number of taped interviews to a more
permanent CD-ROM format.
Rey Archive is a vitally important resource in the study
of children's literature, and we are fortunate that the
$50,000 endowment from the H.A. and Margret Rey Curious
George Fund will guarantee its accessibility to researchers
and its preservation for future generations.
complementary effort is the arrangement and description
of the entire Rey Archive. This will be made possible
by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
recently awarded to the de Grummond Collection. Details
of the grant can be found in this issue.