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Collection Title: Corydon Bell Papers

Collection Number: DG0075

Inclusive Dates: 1950-1965

Volume: .60 cu. ft. (1 box)

Provenance: Materials received by the de Grummond Collection from Corydon Bell and Ina B. Forbus between 1966 and 1973.

Restrictions: Noncirculating; available for research.

Copyright: The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code).  Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research."  It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.

Biographical Sketch:

Corydon Bell was born July 16, 1894, in Tiffin, Ohio. His earliest childhood memories were of his ability to communicate through drawing. At six his artistic endeavors expanded into building theater models with scenic backdrops. As Bell grew, so did his interests. Although partial to drawing, he also became interested in medicine, music, and writing.

He began his college studies in pre-medicine at the University of Michigan, but later changed to pursue studies in English at Western Reserve University. His schooling was halted out of necessity to provide a living for his family. Bell and his wife, Thelma, raised three children: Patricia, Corydon Jr., and Nancy.

Bell began his career as an artist working in copyright. He soon began creating book and advertising illustrations. However, he desired a more challenging career. In 1944, after their children were in college, Bell and his wife Thelma, a children's book author, moved to the mountains of western North Carolina. This move provided Corydon and Thelma the scenery they needed to continue their successful careers in writing and illustrating. As well as illustrating his wife's books, Bell also painted and wrote about his new surroundings, which included his neighbors and the surrounding mountains.

Thelma Bell graduated from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, with a B.A. in English and a minor in psychology. She encourages observation and appreciation of people and nature, exemplified in her writing.

Sources:

Illustrators of Children's Books: 1946-1956 , p. 72.
Something About the Author - Vol. 3 , pp. 19-20.
Third Book of Junior Authors , pp. 35-36.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains correspondence, illustrations, color separations, typescripts, and photographs for seven titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created.

All of the books in the collection are illustrated by Corydon Bell. Five of the titles are novels for young readers, one is a biography, and one is an explanation and history of geometry. For the novel, A Dash of Pepper , the collection includes typescripts and illustrations. The other four novels are The Magic Pin, The Secret Circle, Top Hill Road, and The Wooden Locket. For these titles, we have illustrations only. The majority of the materials in the collection are for String, Straight-Edge, & Shadow: The Story of Geometry. These materials include numerous illustrations, color separations, correspondence, and notations and specifications about the book and its design. Materials held for the biography When Washington Traveled , include illustrations.

Although he and his wife Thelma both wrote, Corydon Bell did not author any of the titles in this collection. However, Thelma did write A Dash of Pepper.

Series and Subseries:

A. Correspondence (1966-1976)

B. Books (1950-1965)

  • A DASH OF PEPPER (1965)

  • THE MAGIC PEN (1956)

  • THE SECRET CIRCLE (1958)

  • STRING, STRAIGHT-EDGE, & SHADOW: THE STORY OF GEOMETRY (1965)

  • TOP HILL ROAD (1950)

  • WHEN WASHINGTON TRAVELED: AS A PIONEER, A STATESMAN, AND A PRIVATE GENTLEMAN (1954)

C. Other Illustrations

Box Inventory

Box/Folder

A. Correspondence (1966-1976)

1/1

From Corydon and Thelma Bell to the de Grummond Collection 1966-1976, 5 items.

B. Books (1950-1965)

A Dash of Pepper by Thelma Harrington Bell, illustrated by Corydon Bell (New York: Viking Press, 1956).

1/2-1/3

Typescript, copy edited,

1/2

Front matter, Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-67,

1/3

Chapters 6-10, pp. 68-126.
1/4 Illustrations, pen and ink, p. 9, p. 103 (2 items).

The Magic Pin by Ina B. Forbus, illustrated by Corydon Bell (New York: Viking Press, 1956).

1/5

Pen and ink drawings, cover (lettering), p. 15, p. 38 (3 items).

The Secret Circle by Ina B. Forbus, illustrated by Corydon Bell (New York: Viking Press, 1958).

1/6

Pen and ink drawings, p. 9, and p. 107 (2 items).

String, Straight-Edge, & Shadow: The Story of Geometry by Julia E. Diggins, illustrated by Corydon Bell (New York: Viking Press, 1965).

1/7

Illustrations, pencil on tracing paper. Pages we have in collection: pp. 7, 10, 13, 15, 25, 29, 30, 31, 33, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 46, 47, 52, 53, 54, 55, 58, 62, 66, 68, 72, 74, 77, 79, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 92, 95, 98, 99, 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 122, 123, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 141, 143, 146, 147, 148, 149, 151.

1/8

Illustration, pen and ink, cover binding design (2 items).

1/9-1/10

Color separations on acetate. In the following listing the illustrations are in page order; however, in the collection they are not. The collection does include separations for the following pages:

1/9

Black color separations
Title page, 13, 15, 18, 19, 30, 33, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 46, 47, 49, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 62, 63, 66, 74, 77, 79, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 92, 95, 98, 99, 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 122, 123, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 137, 138, 139, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 151.

1/10

Red color separations
Title page, 7, 10, 13, 15, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 38, 42, 43, 46, 47, 54, 55, 58, 62, 63, 66, 74, 79, 82, 83, 86, 87, 90, 95, 98, 99, 103, 106, 107, 110, 111, 114, 115, 118, 119, 122, 123, 127, 130, 131, 135, 138, 139, 143, 146, 147, 151 .

1/11

Notations about book's creation by illustrator (1 p.),
Specifications for book size (1 p.),
Correspondence with author (1 p.),
Photograph of author for dust jacket (1 item),

Top Hill Road by Helen Garrett, illustrated by Corydon Bell (New York: Viking Press, 1950).

1/12

Pen and ink drawing for pp. 11 and 19 (1 p.).

When Washington Traveled: as a Pioneer, a Statesman, and a Private Gentleman by Marion Lansing, illustrated by Corydon Bell (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1954).

1/13

Pen and ink drawing for p. 99 (1 item).

The Wooden Locket by Alice Alison Lide and Margaret Alison Johansen, illustrated by Corydon Bell (New York: Viking Press, 1953).

1/14

Pencil on tracing paper for p. 35.

C. Other Illustrations

1/15

Note paper with illustration by Corydon Bell.


Processed: July 26, 2000

Revised: June 23, 2009


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