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Collection Title: Margaret Ayer Papers

Collection Number: DG0047

Accession Number: unknown

Inclusive Dates: 1931 - 1964

Volume: .60 cubic ft.

Given By : Margaret Ayer (Mrs. Alfred Babington), between 1966 and 1972

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Java Girl by Baron W. thoe Schwartzenberg and Mary Bennett Harrison, illustrated by Margaret Ayer; Brentano’s, 1931.

Book jacket art [matted]


Footprints in the Dust by Alice Cooper Bailey, illustrated by Margaret Ayer; Longmans, Green, 1936.

Book jacket art [matted]
Preliminary book jacket [b/w]*
Original pen & ink/crayon illustrations [2]*


The Wind That Blows West by Christine Whiting Parmenter, illustrated by Margaret Ayer; Thomas Y. Crowell, 1934.

Book jacket art [matted]


The Whistling Snake by Elizabeth Morse, illustrated by Margaret Ayer; Dutton, 1935.

Book jacket art [matted]


The Secret of the Missing Clown by Francis Hunt, illustrated by Margaret Ayer; Grosset and Dunlap, 1936.

Book jacket art [matted]


The Golden Coin by Grace W. McGavran, illustrated by Margaret Ayer; Friendship, 1963.

Book jacket art [matted]


Washington Irving: His Life by Catherine Owens Peare, illustrated by Margaret Ayer; Henry Holt & Co., 1957.

Original pen & ink/crayon illustration


Made in Thailand by Margaret Ayer; Knopf, 1964.

Original pen & ink illustrations [3]


Knights of the Snowstorm by Helen Fuller Orton, illustrated by Margaret Ayer; Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1939.

Original pen & ink/crayon illustration


Dhan of the Pearl Country by Phyllis Ayer Sowers, illustrated by Margaret Ayer; Albert Whitman & Co., 1939.

End paper art


The Java Raids by R. Murray Thomas, illustrated by Margaret Ayer; D. McKay, 1964.

Original pen & ink illustrations [4]
Book jacket/cover blue proof
Book jacket/cover preliminary sketch [in color]
Book jacket/cover illustration color separation w/overlays [in 3 parts]


Gilbert and Sullivan Song Book selected by Malcolm Hyatt and Walter Fabell, arranged by Irene Shannon, and illustrated by Margaret Ayer; Random House, 1955.

Illustrations clipped from published book and mounted on cardstock [3 pieces]


“Paklat’s Lucky Day” with illustrations by Margaret Ayer in Trailblazer [publication information unknown].

Original pen & ink/crayon illustration
Illustrations clipped from published source [2]



Unidentified pen & ink/crayon illustration by Margaret Ayer for unknown book

Color print/illustration of Mexican kitchen scene by Margaret Ayer from unknown source [possibly a religious publication – see]


*transferred from DG0054 Alice Cooper Bailey Papers; see also DG1094 Frances Fitzpatrick Wright for additional Margaret Ayer illustrations

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