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Collection Title: Barbara Constance Freeman Papers

Collection Number: DG0345

Inclusive Dates: 1952-1981

Volume: 2.20 cu. ft. (4 boxes)

Provenance : Material was donated by Barbara Freeman from 1979-1981

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:

Barbara Freeman was born on November 29, 1906 in Ealing, Middlesex, England. She attended the School of Art in Kingston-Upon-Thames in England. She worked as a painter for a wallpaper company in London from 1926 to 1927. She began illustrating books in 1928 and began writing and illustrating her own books in 1956. She is noted for her young adult and historical fiction books.


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Scope and Content:

The collection contains typescripts, illustrations, and sketches for ten titles. There are also illustrations for magazines covers, an unpublished story, and an unidentified title. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created.

Most of the books in the collection are mystery books for young adults. A mysterious singing in the garden of the house next door raises the suspicion of a young girl in A Haunting Air (1975). In The Other Face (1975), a girl unlocks a secret about her past when she finds an old china knick-knack. There are typescripts and illustrations for both of these titles. Caroline solves a mystery concerning a stranger and a recurring dream in A Pocket of Silence (1977). There are sketches, illustrations, and typescripts for this title.

There are also three picture books in the collection, How Jan Klaasen Cured the King (1952), Tales of Andersen and Grimm (1968), and Timi (1961). Timi is the story of a shy griffin that gets left behind and is taken in by the village baker. There are illustrations and illustration proofs for these titles.

The collection also contains illustrations for an unpublished story, "The Ballad of the Green Sow." There are illustration proofs for magazine covers including, After Tea Tales , Tales for Little People , and A.B.C. Story Book . There are also twelve unidentified nursery rhyme illustrations.

Series and Subseries:

A. Books (1961-1981)



  • A HAUNTING AIR (1975)


  • THE OTHER FACE (1975)


  • SNOW IN THE MAZE (1979)



  • TIMI (1961)

B. Other Illustrated Materials

  • "The Ballad of the Green Sow"

  • Various Magazine Covers

C. Unidentified Materials

Box Inventory


A. Books (1961-1981)

Children's Encyclopedia edited by Harold Boswell Taylor (London: Treasure Press, 1978).


Illustrations, proofs, 14 items.

Clemency in the Moonlight written and illustrated by Barbara C. Freeman (London: Macmillan , 1981).


Illustration for dust jacket, watercolor and ink, 1 item.

A Haunting Air written and illustrated by Barbara C. Freeman (London: Macmillan, 1976).


Typescript, edited,

1/3 Chapters 1-9, pp. 1-48.
1/4 Chapters 10-17, pp. 49-101.
1/5 Chapters 18-27, pp. 102-146.
1/6-1/7 Illustrations, pen and ink,
1/6 Chapters 1, 3, 5 and 8, 4 items.
1/7 Chapters 14, 17, 20 ad 27, 4 items.
1/8 Illustration for dust jacket, watercolor and ink, 1 item.

How Jan Klaassen Cured the King by Antonia Ridge, illustrated by Barbara Freeman (London: Faber, 1952).


Illustration proofs, 8 items

The Other Face written and illustrated by Barbara C. Freeman (New York: Dutton, 1975).


Typescript, edited,

1/10 Chapters 1-12, pp. 1-51.

Chapters 13-23, pp. 52-100.


Chapters 24-34, pp. 101-150.


Illustrations, pen and ink,


Chapters 1, 5, 10, 16 and 20, 5 items.


Chapters 25, 30 and 34, 3 items.

  Unused illustrations, 2 items.

A Pocket of Silence written and illustrated by Barbara C. Freeman (London: Macmillan, 1977).


Typescript, edited,

2/3 Chapters 1-7, pp. 1-43.
2/4 Chapters 8-12, pp. 44-78.
2/5 Chapters 13-19, pp. 79-128.
2/6 Chapters 20-25, pp. 129-168.
2/7 Sketches, 2 pp.

Illustrations, pen and ink, chapters 2, 11, 12, 14, 22 and 26, 6 items.


Illustration for dust jacket, watercolor and ink, 1 item.

Snow in the Maze written and illustrated by Barbara C. Freeman (London: Macmillan, 1979).


Typescripts, edited,


Chapters 1-8, pp. 1-40.

2/11 Chapters 9-17, pp. 41-88.
2/12 Chapters 18-27, pp. 89-137.
2/13 Chapters 28-37, pp. 138-188.
3/1-3/2 Illustrations, pen and ink,

Chapters 1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11 and 13, 7 items.

3/2 Chapters 15, 20, 22, 25, 26, 34 and 36, 7 items.
3/3 Illustration for dust jacket, watercolor and ink, 1 item.
3/4 Dust jacket, 1 item.

The Summer Travellers written and illustrated by Barbara C. Freeman (London: Macmillan,1978).


Typescripts, edited,


Chapters 1-10, pp. 1-60.

3/6 Chapters 11-22, pp. 61-125.

Chapters 23-30, pp. 126-180.

3/8 Chapters 31-38, pp. 181-221.
3/9 Illustration for dust jacket, watercolor and ink, 1 item.

Tales from Andersen & Grimm retold by W. K. Holmes, illustrated by Barbara C. Freeman (London: Blackie and Son, 1968).


Preliminary jacket proof, 1 item.

Timi written and illustrated by Barbara C. Freeman (London: Faber,1961).


Illustration, watercolor and ink, p. 19, 1 item.

B. Other Illustrated Materials

"The Ballad of the Green Sow," [unpublished]


Illustrations, watercolor and ink, 4 items.

Magazine cover illustrations for After Tea Tales, Tales for Little People, and A.B.C. Story Book


Illustration proofs, 3 items.

C. Unidentified Materials


Nursery rhyme illustrations, unidentified publications, 12 items.

4/4 Unidentified notes, 2 pp.

Processed: May 1998

This finding aid is a product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Created by: Dee Jones
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