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RAY CRUZ PAPERS

de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
The University of Southern Mississippi


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Creator: Ray Cruz
Title: Ray Cruz Papers
Dates: 1971 - 1988
Quantity: 4.30 cubic feet (6 boxes)
Identification: DG0240

Abstract: Graphic design artist Ray Cruz has worked in several design fields and illustrated a wide variety of children's books, but he is probably best known as the illustrator of the popular book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The Ray Cruz Papers contain illustrations, color separations, layouts, and dummies for nine books illustrated by Cruz between 1971 and 1987.

Biographical Note

Raymond Cruz was born in New York City in 1933 to Ramon and Rosaline Cruz. He grew up in Spanish Harlem and began drawing at age five. After studying at the High School of Art and Design in New York City and at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Cruz graduated from Cooper Union, majoring in fine and graphic arts. He worked in many areas of art and design, including textile and wallpaper design, and he created advertising illustrations, fashion illustrations, and cosmetic package designs for New York City advertising agencies.

As a children's book illustrator, Cruz has found remarkable success. He has illustrated more than twenty books, none more popular than Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the story of a crabby little boy who has a series of misadventures. The success of the original Alexander book inspired several sequels, all illustrated by Cruz. He lives in New York City.

Sources:
Something About the Author, v. 6, pp. 54-55
Illustrators of Children's Books, 1967 - 1976, p.110


Scope and Content Note

The Ray Cruz Papers contain original illustrations, color separations, layouts, and book dummies for nine books illustrated by Cruz between 1971 and 1987. They also include correspondence between Cruz and the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection between 1977 and 1988. The material is organized into two series: books and correspondence.

The material in the books series includes original illustrations and early sketches, book dummies, layouts and color separations for nine books published between 1971 and 1987. Most illustrations are made either in pencil or pen & ink, but two dust jacket color illustrations appear to have been painted in gouache, a watercolor variation. The papers in the book series are arranged alphabetically by title and the material for each book is arranged chronologically in order of creation where known.

The correspondence series contains correspondence between Ray Cruz and the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection between 1977 and 1988. The letters have been selected and photocopied from the de Grummond Collection correspondence file because they provide information on Cruz's life, personality, or work. They are arranged chronologically.


Series and Subseries

A. Books (1971 - 1987)

Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday (1978)

Baseball Fever (1981)

King Laurence the Alarm Clock (1976)

The Knight and the Squire (1979)

Neat-O, the Supermarket Mouse (1981)

Please Excuse Jaspar (1987)

There's A Hippopotamus Under My Bed (1977)

What Are We Going To Do About Andrew? (1980)

Where Do I Belong? (1971)

B. Correspondence (1977 - 1988)


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Noncirculating; available for research.

Copyright Restrictions

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.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Ray Cruz Papers, de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

Provenance

These papers were donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries by Ray Cruz and Doubleday Publishers between 1977 and 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by C. Alder, February 2002. Encoded into EAD Version 1.0 by Danielle L. Bishop. This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Container Listing

Box/Folder

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Books

Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst, illustrations by Ray Cruz (New York: Atheneum, 1978)
1/1Dummy, (8 sheets)
1/2Layout, with original pen & ink illustrations: title page, pp. 5 - 7, 10 - 15, and 18 - 19, (7 sheets)
1/3Layout, with original pen & ink illustrations: pp. 20 - 21, 24 - 29, and 32, (5 sheets)
1/4Paste-up and layout of dust jacket, (2 items)
1/5Color separation of front cover illustration
Baseball Fever by Johanna Hurwitz, illustrations by Ray Cruz (New York: Morrow, 1981)
1/6Original pencil and pen & ink illustrations: title page, pp. 21, 31, 45, 52, 58, 62, and 71, (8 sheets)
1/7Original pencil and pen & ink illustrations: pp. 73, 83, 91, 103, 107, 108, 116, and 123, (8 sheets )
1/8Original dust jacket illustration, with paste-up text (black cover removed)
1/9Dust jackets, (4 items)
King Laurence the Alarm Clock by Peggy Mann, illustrations by Ray Cruz (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1976)
1/10Reverse illustrations: half title page, title page, and pp. 5 - 13, (7 sheets)
1/11Reverse illustrations: pp. 14 - 25, and 28 - 29, (7 sheets)
1/12Reverse illustrations: pp. 30 - 45, (8 sheets)
1/13Reverse dust jacket illustrations, including a mock dust jacket, (3 sheets)
1/14Color separations: half title page, (4 sheets)
1/15Color separations: title page, (6 sheets)
1/16Color separations: pp. 5 - 7, (7 sheets)
1/17Color separations: pp. 8 - 11, (7 sheets)
1/18Color separations: pp. 12 - 15, (7 sheets)
2/1Color separations: pp. 16 - 19, (7 sheets)
2/2Color separations: pp. 20 - 23, (7 sheets)
2/3Color separations: pp. 22 - 27, (8 sheets)
2/4Color separations: pp. 28 - 31, (9 sheets)
2/5Color separations: pp. 32 - 35, (7 sheets)
2/6Color separations: pp. 36 - 39, (8 sheets)
2/7Color separations: pp. 40 - 45, (11 sheets)
2/8Reproduction of dust jacket illustration; reverse of dust jacket illustration
2/9Cover illustration; cover illustration with text paste-up, mounted
The Knight and the Squire by Argentina Palacios, illustrations by Ray Cruz (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1979)
2/10Early pen & ink illustrations: (pp. 6 and 14)
2/11Original pencil illustrations, mounted: title page, ( pp. 6, 9, and 13)
2/12Original pencil illustrations, mounted: (pp. 14, 18, 20, and 24 - 25)
2/13Original pencil illustrations, mounted: (pp. 30, 34, 39, and 42 - 43)
2/14Original pencil illustrations, mounted: (pp. 46, 49, 52, and 56 - 57)
2/15Original pencil illustrations, mounted: (pp. 61, 65, 75, and 69)
3/1Original pencil illustrations, mounted: (pp. 77, 81, 86, and 91)
3/2Reverse of early illustrations: pp. 20, 30, 34, 39, 42, 47, 49, 52, 56, 61, 65, 69, 75, 77, 81, 86, 91, and unidentified
3/3Reverse of early pen & ink illustrations: (pp. 6 and 14)
3/4Reverse of later pen & ink illustrations: (pp. 6 and 9)
3/5Reverse of final illustrations: (pp. 6, 9, 13, 18, 20, 30, 34, 39, 46, 52, 61, 65, 75, 81, 88, and 91)
3/6Reverse sketches of Sancho Panza (head and torso), book, hat, and goblet
3/7Larger reverses of final illustrations: dust jacket, title page, (pp. 14, 24 - 25, 39, 42, 49, 56 - 57, 69, and 77)
3/8Photographic negative and print of illustration on (p. 65)
3/9Title page layouts, 2 items; lithographer's guide sheet, 1 item
3/10Layout and paste-up, marked for publication: title page, facing page and table of contents, chapters 1 - 2
3/11Layout and paste-up, marked for publication: chapters 3 - 5
3/12Layout and paste-up, marked for publication: chapters 6 - 9
3/13Layout and paste-up, marked for publication: chapters 10 - 14
3/14Layout and paste-up, marked for publication: chapters 15 - 20
3/15Reproductions of the illustrations under title chapters and at the end of the text, mounted; reproduction of language and photography acknowledgements, mounted
3/16Layout of alternate dust jacket text
3/17Photocopy of dust jacket proof; reverse of dust jacket illustration; reverse of dust jacket text attached to reverse of cover illustration
3/18 Full color original dust jacket illustration, mounted.
Neat-O the Supermarket Mouse by Tom Tichenor, illustrations by Ray Cruz (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1981)
4/1Layout of original pencil illustrations, with text: copyright, half title page, and pp. 6, 8, 25, 27, 29, 32
4/2Layout of original pencil illustrations, with text: pp. 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, and 23, (4 sheets)
4/3Layout of original pencil illustrations, with text: pp. 7, 9, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 24, and 26, (5 sheets)
4/4Layout of original pencil illustrations, with text: title page and pp. 5, 28, 30, 31, (3 sheets)
4/5Original pencil illustration, p. 11, matted
Please Excuse Jaspar by Nathan Zimelman, illustrations by Ray Cruz (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1987)
4/6Layouts of original watercolor or gouache illustrations and text: half title page, title page, and pp. 6 - 11, (5 sheets)
4/7Layouts of original watercolor or gouache illustrations and text: pp. 12 - 19, (4 sheets)
4/8Layouts of original watercolor or gouache illustrations and text: pp. 20 - 25, (3 sheets)
4/9Layouts of original watercolor or gouache illustrations and text: pp. 26 - 32, (4 sheets)
4/10Layout of dust jacket, with early pen sketch of cover illustration
4/11Original watercolor or gouache dust jacket illustration
There's A Hippopotamus Under My Bed by Mike Thaler, illustrations by Ray Cruz (New York: F. Watts, 1977)
4/12'Blue' color separations: pp. 1 and 3 - 32, 17 sheets; separation sheet of pp. 18 - 19, no color designation, 1 sheet
4/13'Yellow' color separations: pp. 1 and 3 - 32, (17 sheets)
4/14'Black' color separations: pp. 1 and 3 - 32, (17 sheets)
4/15Layout and paste-up, with original pen & ink illustrations: pp. 1 - 15, (8 sheets)
4/16Layout and paste-up, with original pen & ink illustrations: pp. 16 - 32, (9 sheets )
What Are We Going To Do About Andrew? by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, illustrations by Ray Cruz (New York: Macmillan, 1980)
5/1Book dummy with early pencil and watercolor illustrations
5/2Layout and paste-up, with original pen & ink illustrations: pp. 1 - 11 and 32, (6 sheets)
5/3Layout and paste-up, with original pen & ink illustrations: pp. 12 - 21, (5 sheets)
5/4Layout and paste-up, with original pen & ink illustrations: pp. 22 - 31, (5 sheets)
5/5Layout for dust jacket, with original pen & ink illustrations, (2 sheets)
5/6Color separations: pp. 1, 4 - 7, and 32, (9 sheets)
5/7Color separations: pp. 8 - 11, ( 6 sheets)
5/8Color separations: pp. 12 - 15, (6 sheets)
5/9Color separations: pp. 16 - 19, (6 sheets)
5/10Color separations: pp. 20 - 23, (6 sheets)
5/11Color separations: pp. 24 - 27, (6 items)
5/12Color separations: pp. 28 - 31, (6 sheets)
5/13Color separation of dust jacket, (3 sheets)
Where Do I Belong? by M. Jean Craig, illustrations by Ray Cruz (New York: Four Winds Press, 1971)
6/1Layout and paste-up, with original pen & ink and watercolor illustrations: dust jacket and endpapers, (2 sheets)
6/2Layout and paste-up, with original pen & ink and watercolor illustration: title page, (2 sheets)
6/3Layout, with original pen & ink and watercolor illustrations: pp. 8 (beginning of text) - 21, (7 sheets)
6/4Layout, with original pen & ink and watercolor illustrations: pp. 22 - 36, (8 sheets)
6/5Color separations: dust jacket and title page, (6 sheets)
6/6Color separations: pp. 2 - 3 (endpapers) and 8 - 9 (beginning of text), (6 sheets)
6/7Color separations: pp. 10 - 15, (9 sheets)
6/8Color separations: pp. 16 - 21, (9 sheets)
6/9Color separations: pp. 22 - 27, (9 sheets)
6/10Color separations: pp. 28 - 33, (9 sheets)
6/11Color separations: pp. 34 - 36, (6 sheets)



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Correspondence

6/12Selected correspondence between Ray Cruz and the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, 1977 - 1988, (4 items)

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