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SYD HOFF PAPERS

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


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Creator: Sydney Hoff
Title: Syd Hoff Papers
Dates: 1946 - 1992
Dates: [bulk 1950 - 1992]
Quantity: 14.00 cubic feet (30 boxes)
Identification: DG0465

Abstract: Syd Hoff is one of the foremost and prolific cartoonists in the United States, a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines, and children's literature. He is the author and illustrator of such early-reader children's classics as Danny and the Dinosaur, Sammy the Seal, and Grizzwold. The Syd Hoff Papers contain book dummies, typescripts, galleys, illustrations, and color separations related to forty-six books published between 1958 and 1993. They also include more than 1700 cartoons drawn for newspapers and magazines between 1946 and 1977.

Biographical Note

Born in New York City in 1912, Syd Hoff attended New York City public schools and studied fine art at the city's Academy of Design. He sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker at age eighteen, deciding then and there to give up serious painting for cartooning. He eventually sold many cartoons to The New Yorker, The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, and other magazines. Before his twenty-first birthday, Hoff was drawing the daily syndicated comic strip, "Tuffy," which appeared in more than 800 newspapers worldwide for ten years. In 1958 he began what would become an almost twenty-year project, creating a daily one-panel cartoon, "Laugh It Off," which was syndicated by King Features in hundreds of newspapers.

Hoff and his wife, Dora, had two daughters, Susan and Bonnie. Although he read all the classic children's literature to his daughters, the girls much preferred the stories he made up himself and encouraged him to draw and publish stories of his own. His earliest attempts at publication were less than successful, but when one of his daughters was stricken with a physically debilitating condition, Hoff drew some pictures to help take her mind off her physical therapy. These pictures eventually formed the basis of Danny and the Dinosaur, one of his earliest and best-loved books, a classic of children's literature.

Hoff drew inspiration for most of his books and cartoons from the New York neighborhoods where he grew up. Simplicity is one of the most distinguishing features of his drawing style. Almost any literate American born between 1940 and 1980 would recognize a Hoff cartoon immediately, even if they could not name the illustrator. Between the "Tuffy" cartoon strip and the "Laugh It Off" single-panel cartoons, Hoff illustrations appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines worldwide between 1941 and 1977. He himself also starred in a brief series of television shows in the 1950s, "Tales of Hoff," in which he told a story and drew cartoons while on the air.

In later years, Hoff made personal appearances at elementary schools to discuss his life and books, and to teach children that anyone can draw, no matter their artistic ability. He passed away at his home in Miami Beach, Florida on May 12, 2004. He was 91.

Sources:
Major Authors and Illustrators, pp. 1139 - 41
Something About the Author Autobiography Series, v. 4, pp. 211 - 31
Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, v. 38, pp. 172 - 75
Official Syd Hoff website (http://www.sydhoff.org)


Scope and Content Note

The Syd Hoff Papers contain book dummies, typescripts, galleys, illustrations, and color separations related to forty-six fiction and non-fiction works created or accumulated by Hoff. The material also includes more than 1700 cartoons drawn for newspapers and magazines, as well as publicity information and correspondence between Hoff and the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. The papers are organized into three series: books, cartoons, and assorted materials.

The material in the books series includes book dummies, typescripts, galleys, original illustrations, and color separations for forty-six books published between 1958 and 1993. Hoff wrote and illustrated books mostly for early readers, publishing many titles in the Harper Books "I Can Read" series for children aged four to eight. Eleven "I Can Read" books are represented in the Syd Hoff Papers, including press sheets for a reprint of his most successful book, Danny and the Dinosaur. Many books in the series boast complete artwork, including both preliminary and final illustrations, and occasionally a book dummy with rough pen or pencil sketches. Hoff's favorite medium appeared to be ink, but the preliminary illustrations for many works are in watercolor. The non-fiction works represented in the Hoff Papers are joke books and several books teaching cartoon drawing to children. Two works of fiction, Gentleman Jim and the Great John L and Boss Tweed and the Man Who Drew Him, were based on true characters. The material for the latter work is especially interesting because its many typescript versions reveal Hoff's difficulties in simplifying the story for younger readers. The papers in the book series are arranged alphabetically by title and the material for each title is arranged in order of creation when known.

The papers in the cartoon series are organized into two subseries: King Features Syndicate and magazines. The King Features Syndicate material consists of more than 1700 single-panel ink cartoons created primarily for "Laugh It Off," a daily cartoon drawn for newspapers. The panels date from 1950 to 1977, including those King Features drawings that predate the "Laugh It Off" debut in 1958, but the bulk of the panels date from 1963 to 1971. The cartoons cover a wide variety of subjects but most often deal with the relationship between the sexes. The cartoons are an outstanding reflection of popular culture, reinforcing the sexual stereotypes of their day. They are arranged chronologically in order of creation when known.

The papers in the magazine subseries contain thirty-four large single and multi-panel ink and watercolor illustrations made for publication in several national magazines. The papers are arranged alphabetically by title of publication and the material for each title is arranged chronologically in order of creation when known.

The assorted materials series consists of a 1982 article about Hoff from the San Mateo (California) Times, a promotional brochure about the author, a magazine advertisement, and correspondence between Hoff and the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. The pieces of correspondence were selected and photocopied from the correspondence file of the de Grummond Collection because they offer insight into Hoff's personality or work. They are arranged chronologically.


Series and Subseries

A. Books (1958 - 1992)

Amy's Dinosaur (1974)

The Art of Cartooning (1973)

Barkley (1975)

Barney's Horse (1987)

Bigfoot Makes a Movie (1979)

A Book About Christopher Columbus (1974)

Boss Tweed and the Man Who Drew Him (1978)

The Boy Who Could Find Anything (1978)

Danny and the Dinosaur (1958)

Danny and the Dinosaur (1993)

Dinosaur Do's & Don'ts (1975)

Donald and the Fish That Walked (1974)

Don't Be My Valentine (1985)

Gentleman Jim and the Great John L. (1977)

Giants, and Other Plays for Kids (1973)

Grizzwold (1963)

Henrietta, Circus Star (1978)

Henrietta, the Early Bird (1978)

Henrietta Goes to the Fair (1979)

Henrietta Lays Some Eggs (1977)

How to Draw Cartoons (1974)

I Saw You in the Bathtub and Other Folk Rhymes (1989)

I Should Have Stayed in Bed (1965)

Katy's Kitty: 3 Kitty Stories (1975)

Kip Van Wrinkle (1974)

Letters from Newlyweds (1970)

The Littlest Leaguer (1976)

Mean Max (1974)

Mighty Babe Ruth (1979)

More Letters from Camp (1966)

Mrs. Brice's Mice (1988)

Nutty Noodles (1980)

Palace Bug (1970)

Pete's Pup: 3 Puppy Stories (1975)

Santa's Moose (1979)

Slithers (1968)

The Snake that Couldn't Slither (1976)

Still More Letters from Camp (1968)

Syd Hoff Shows You How to Draw Cartoons (1979)

Syd Hoff's Animal Jokes (1985)

Syd Hoff's Best Jokes Ever (1978)

Syd Hoff's Jokes to Enjoy, Draw, and Tell (1974)

A Walk Past Ellen's House (1973)

Walpole (1977)

Wanda's Wand (1968)

The Young Cartoonist: The ABC's of Cartooning (1983)

B. Cartoons (1946 - 1977)

1. King Features Syndicate

2. Magazines

C. Assorted Materials (1966 - 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.


Related Material

Illustrations for When Will It Snow?, written by Syd Hoff, are found in the Mary Chalmers Papers (DG0172).
Editorial cartoons by Syd Hoff can be found in The AAEC Editorial Cartoon Collection, which is also housed at The University of Southern Mississippi.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Syd Hoff 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 Syd Hoff between 1966 and 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by C. Alder, March 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

Amy's Dinosaur story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Windmill Books and E.P. Dutton, 1974)
1/1Book dummy with typed text and pen sketches
1/2Preliminary watercolor illustrations: title page, pp. 4 - 46 and 48, ( 40 sheets)
1/3Original ink illustrations: title page and pp. 4 - 48, ( 41 sheets)
1/4Color separation: title page, (1 sheet)
1/5Color separation overlays, four overlays per book page: pp. 4 - 14, ( 32 sheets)
1/6Color separation overlays, four overlays per book page: pp. 15 - 23, ( 28 sheets)
1/7Color separation overlays, four overlays per book page: pp. 24 - 31, (32 sheets)
1/8Color separation overlays, four overlays per book page: pp. 32 - 40, (32 sheets)
1/9Color separation overlays, four overlays per book page: pp. 41 - 48, (32 sheets)
2/1Color separation: dust jacket cover
The Art of Cartooning by Syd Hoff (New York: Stravon Educational Press, 1973)
2/2Original watercolor illustration: dust jacket cover
Barkley story and illustrations by Syd Hoff, An Early I Can Read Book (New York: Harper & Row, 1975)
2/3Typescript, (7 pp.)
2/4Book jacket and front matter typescript, edited and marked for publication, (4 pp.)
2/5Galley, edited, March - April 1975, 3 sheets; galley, edited in May 1975, 3 sheets
2/6Galleys of dust jacket and front matter, edited by different editors, May 1975, (2 sheets)
2/7Preliminary watercolor illustrations: cover, title page, and pp. 4 (beginning of text) - 32, (30 sheets)
2/8Color separation: dust jacket cover, title page, and pp. 4 - 16, (14 sheets)
2/9Color separation: pp. 17 - 32, (15 sheets)
Barney's Horse story and illustrations by Syd Hoff, An Early I Can Read Book (New York: Harper & Row, 1987)
2/10First book dummy, with hand-written text and marker sketches
2/11Second book dummy, with typed text and a combination of pencil sketches and marker illustration
2/12First typescript, edited, (3 pp.)
2/13Second typescript, edited, (5 pp.)
2/14Photocopy of third typescript, (4 pp.)
2/15Galley, May 1986, (3 sheets)
2/16Paste-ups: title page, copyright page, dedication page, and pp. 4 (beginning of text) - 32, (18 sheets)
2/17Dust jacket art: preliminary watercolor illustration and ink illustration, (2 sheets)
2/18Color separation: dust jacket cover, (1 sheet)
2/19Color separation overlays, four overlays per book page: pp. 4 - 19, (30 sheets)
2/20Color separations overlays, four overlays per book page: pp. 20 - 32, (26 sheets)
2/21Color separation of pp. 22 - 23, done with watercolor overlay, (1 sheet)
2/22Unfolded dust jacket proofs and jacket art samples, (18 sheets)
Bigfoot Makes a Movie story by Joan Lowery Nixon, illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Putnam, 1979)
3/1Book dummy, with pencil illustrations and typed text
3/2Preliminary watercolor illustrations: front and back covers, title page, and pp. 7 (beginning of text) - 24, (20 sheets)
3/3Preliminary watercolor illustrations: pp. 25 - 48, (21 sheets)
3/4Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 1 (half title page) - 48, (25 sheets)
3/5Color separation: dust jacket cover
A Book About Christopher Columbus story by Ruth Belov Gross, illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1974)
3/6Preliminary pencil and watercolor illustrations: pp. 3 - 14, 16 - 29 and 31, (40 sheets)
3/7Color separations: pp. 3 - 15, (21 sheets)
3/8Color separations: pp. 16 - 29 and 31, (42 sheets)
3/9Layout of front cover, with watercolor illustration, (1 sheet)
Boss Tweed and the Man Who Drew Him story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1978)
4/1Book dummy, with typed text only
4/2Book dummy, with typed text and pencil sketches
4/3Photocopy of first typescript, edited, (3 pp.)
4/4Third typescript, minor editing, 4 pp., with letter to editor, 13 December 1977
4/5Fourth typescript, 5 pp.; letters to editor, 24 and 26 December 1977
4/6Fifth typescript, edited, 4 pp., with letter to editor, 23 December 1977
4/7Sixth typescript, minor editing, 3 pp.; photocopy of edited sixth typescript, with further editing, 3 pp.
4/8Seventh typescript, edited, 3 pp.; photocopy of same
4/9Eighth typescript, with editorial comments, 7 pp.; photocopy of same
4/10Eighth typescript, with editorial comments, 7 pp.; photocopy of same
4/11Photocopy of second galley, May 1978, (4 pp.)
4/12Preliminary pencil and watercolor sketches: pp. 1 (title page), 4 (beginning of text) - 26, 30 - 33, 36 - 38, 40 - 45 and 48, (33 sheets)
4/13Black & white marker illustrations: pp. 4 - 26, 30 - 33, 36 - 38, 40 - 44, and 48, (31 sheets)
4/14Reproductions of Thomas Nast illustrations used on pp. 27, 28, 29, 34, 35, 39, 46, and 47, (7 sheets)
5/1Color separations: pp. 1 - 48, (35 sheets)
The Boy Who Could Find Anything story by Joan Lowery Nixon, illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1978)
5/2Preliminary watercolor illustrations: cover, pp. 2 - 3, and 5 - 31, (27 sheets)
5/3Preliminary watercolor illustrations: pp. 32 - 64, (28 sheets)
5/4Color separations: pp. 1 ("About the Author" page) - 31, (16 sheets)
5/5Color separations: pp. 32 - 64, (17 sheets)
Danny and the Dinosaur story and illustrations by Syd Hoff, 1st edition, An I Can Read Book (New York: Harper & Row, 1958)
5/6Early watercolor illustration of p. 21, from unknown book edition
Danny and the Dinosaur story and illustrations by Syd Hoff, New Harper Trophy edition, An I Can Read Book (New York: Harper Trophy, 1993)
5/7Illustration press sheets, (6 sheets)
Dinosaur Do's & Don'ts by Syd Hoff (New York: Windmill Books, 1975)
6/1Ink and gray watercolor illustrations: cover art, title page, pp. 3 (beginning of text) - 27, (26 sheets)
6/2Ink and gray watercolor illustrations: pp. 28 - 48 and 4 unused, (26 sheets)
Donald and the Fish That Walked story by Edward R. Ricciuti, illustrations by Syd Hoff, A Science I Can Read Book (New York: Harper & Row, 1974)
6/3Book dummy, with typed text and pencil sketches
6/4Preliminary watercolor illustrations: front dust jacket cover, title page, pp. 5 - 27, 29, and 31, (23 sheets)
6/5Preliminary watercolor illustrations: pp. 32 - 33, 35 - 36, 38 - 39, 41 - 53, 55 - 62, (22 sheets)
6/6Color separations: title page, pp. 5 - 13, (36 sheets)
6/7Color separations: pp. 14 - 23, (32 sheets)
6/8Color separations: pp. 24 - 27, 29, 31 - 33, 35 - 36, and 38 - 39, (36 sheets)
6/9Color separations: pp. 41 - 51, (36 sheets)
6/10Color separations: pp. 52 - 53 and 55 - 62, (36 sheets)
Don't Be My Valentine story by Joan M. Lexau, illustrations by Syd Hoff, An I Can Read Book (New York: Harper & Row, 1985)
7/1Book dummy, with reproductions of illustrations
7/2Color separation, in watercolor: cover art
7/3Color separation, with pasted text and ink illustration: pp. 6 - 7, (1 sheet)
7/4Paste-up of dust jacket
Gentleman Jim and the Great John L. story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1977)
7/5Book dummy, with pencil sketches and typed text
7/6Typescript, edited and marked for publication, (4 sheets)
7/7Galley, marked 'author's corrections,' (4 sheets)
7/8Galley, same as in folder 7/7, edited by different editor, (4 sheets)
7/9Preliminary pencil and watercolor sketches, pp. 4 - 48, (38 sheets)
7/10Black & white marker illustrations: pp. 1 (title page), 8 - 9, 17 - 23, 27, 29, 31 - 48 and reproduction of title page, (28 sheets)
7/11Color separations: pp. 1 (title page) - 23, (13 sheets)
7/12Color separations: pp 24 - 48, (13 sheets)
7/13Color separation and paste-up of dust jacket
7/14Press sheet, (1 sheet)
Giants, and Other Plays for Kids by Syd Hoff (New York: Putnam, 1973)
8/1Ink and gray watercolor illustrations: pp. 6, 14, 20, 23, 25, 28, 33, 35, and 40, (9 sheets)
8/2Ink and gray watercolor jacket illustration, (1 sheet)
8/3Paste-up of dust jacket cover, with overlay
Grizzwold story and illustrations by Syd Hoff, An I Can Read Book (New York: Harper & Row, 1963)
8/4Book dummy, with pencil and crayon illustrations and pasted text
8/5Ink illustrations done on acetate, pasted on another acetate sheet with text: pp. 2 (copyright page) - 3 (title page), 6 - 7, 10 - 11, 14 - 15, 18 - 19, 22 - 23, 26 - 27, and 29 - 31, (17 sheets)
8/6Ink illustrations done on acetate, pasted on another acetate sheet with text: pp. 33, 35, 38, 40 - 41, 43, 46, 48 - 49, 51, 54, 56 - 57, 59, 62, and 64, (16 sheets)
8/7Color separation: cover art, (3 sheets)
9/1Dust jacket paste-up done on acetate, with ink illustration, (1 sheet)
Henrietta, Circus Star story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (Champaign, Ill.: Garrard Publishing Co., 1978)
9/2Watercolor illustrations: pp. 1 - 2, 4 - 48, and front and back cover illustrations, (39 sheets)
Henrietta, the Early Bird story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (Champaign, Ill.: Garrard Publishing Co., 1978)
9/3Watercolor illustrations: front and back cover, pp. 1 (half-title page) - 2, and 4 - 16, (15 sheets)
9/4Watercolor illustrations: pp. 17 - 32, (15 sheets)
9/5Watercolor illustrations: pp. 33 - 48, (16 sheets)
Henrietta Goes to the Fair story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (Champaign, Ill.: Garrard Publishing Co., 1979)
9/6Watercolor illustrations: front and back cover, and pp. 1 - 16, (15 sheets)
9/7Watercolor illustrations: pp. 17 - 32, (14 sheets)
9/8Watercolor illustrations: pp. 33 - 45, (14 sheets)
Henrietta Lays Some Eggs story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (Champaign, Ill.: Garrard Publishing Co., 1977)
9/9Watercolor illustrations: pp. 1 - 24, (20 sheets)
9/10Watercolor illustrations: pp. 25 - 48, (19 sheets)
9/11Color separations: front and back cover illustrations, (2 sheets)
How to Draw Cartoons by Syd Hoff (New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1974)
10/1Photocopy of dummy, 41 pp.; alternate versions of pages, (10 sheets)
10/2Typescript, minor editing and marked for publication, (6 pp.)
I Saw You in the Bathtub and Other Folk Rhymes story by Alvin Schwartz, illustrations by Syd Hoff, An I Can Read Book (New York: Harper & Row, 1989)
10/3Book dummy, with ink illustrations and pasted text
10/4Preliminary watercolor illustrations: pp. 3 - 25, 44 - 45, and 26 - 34, (25 sheets)
10/5Preliminary watercolor illustrations: pp. 35 - 43, and 46 - 59, (24 sheets)
10/6Ink illustration: pp. 44 - 45, (1 sheet)
10/7Color separation: dust jacket art
10/8Color separations, with original ink illustrations: pp. 6 - 19, (7 sheets)
10/9Color separations, with original ink illustrations: pp. 20 - 33, (7 sheets )
10/10Color separations, with original ink illustrations: pp. 34 - 47, (7 sheets)
10/11Color separations, with original ink illustrations: pp. 48 - 61, (7 sheets)
10/12Dust jacket blue, (1 sheet)
I Should Have Stayed in Bed story by Joan M. Lexau, illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Harper & Row, 1965)
11/1Paste-up, with original ink illustration: dust jacket cover, (1 sheet)
11/2Paste-ups, with reproduced illustration: copyright, dedication, and title pages, (2 sheets)
11/3Paste-up, with original ink illustrations: pp. 5 (beginning of text) - 48, (23 sheets)
Katy's Kitty: 3 Kitty Stories stories and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Windmill Books, 1975)
11/4Book dummy, with watercolor illustrations and typed text: pp. 5 (beginning of text) - 26, (20 sheets)
11/5Book dummy, with watercolor illustrations and typed text: pp. 31 - 52, (19 sheets)
11/6Book dummy, with watercolor illustrations and typed text: pp. 57 - 77, (19 sheets)
11/7Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 5 (beginning of text) - 12, (7 sheets)
11/8Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 13 - 21, (8 sheets)
11/9Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 22 - 26, and 31 - 33, (8 sheets)
12/1Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 34 - 43, (8 sheets)
12/2Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 44 - 57, (9 sheets)
12/3Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 58 - 67, (9 sheets)
12/4Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 68 - 78, (9 sheets)
12/5Color separation overlays: pp. 3, and 5 - 26, (20 sheets)
12/6Color separation overlays: pp. 27, 29, and 31 - 52, (21 sheets)
12/7Color separation overlays: pp. 53, 55, and 57 - 79, (21 sheets)
12/8Color separation: dust jacket illustration, (1 sheet)
Kip Van Wrinkle story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Putnam, 1974)
12/9Typescript, in folder labeled 'Scott Meredith Literary Agency,' (3 pp.)
12/10Color separations: pp. 4 (copyright page) - 17, (7 sheets)
12/11Color separations: pp. 18 - 31, (7 sheets)
Letters from Newlyweds by Bill Adler, illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: New York Public Library, 1970)
13/1Original ink illustrations: pp. 11, 13 - 14, 16 - 17, 19, 22, 27, 29, 36, 38, 41, 43, 46, 50 - 51, 54 - 55, 58, 60, 64, 76, 83, 86, 92, 94, 99 - 100, 102, 109 - 110, 113, 115 - 116, and 121, (35 sheets)
The Littlest Leaguer story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Windmill Books, 1976)
13/2Ink illustrations: title page, half-title page, and pp. 4 - 48, (43 sheets)
Mean Max story by John Peterson, illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Scholastic Book
14/1Color separations: pp. 7 - 11, 13 - 15, 17 - 19, and 21 - 27, (17 sheets)
14/2Color separations: pp. 28 - 33, 35 - 39, 41 - 43, and 45 - 48, (16 sheets)
14/3Watercolor illustration: dust jacket cover
Mighty Babe Ruth story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1979)
14/4Color separations: pp. 5 - 13 and 16 - 17, 15 sheets; letter from editor, February 1983
14/5Color separations: pp. 20 - 29 and 31 - 32, (16 sheets)
More Letters from Camp edited by Bill Adler, illustrations by Syd Hoff (New American Library, 1966)
14/6Original ink illustrations: pp. 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 57, 59, 61, 63, and 65, (25 sheets)
14/7Original ink illustrations: pp. 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 81, 83, 85, 87, 89, 93, 95, 97, 99, 101, 105, 107, 109, 111, 113, 117, 119, 121, 123, and 125, (25 sheets)
Mrs. Brice's Mice story and illustrations by Syd Hoff, An Early I Can Read Book (New York: Harper & Row, 1988)
14/8Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: dust jacket, pp. 1 (title page) - 32, (19 sheets)
Nutty Noodles by Syd Hoff (New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1980)
14/9Book dummy, with ink illustrations
Palace Bug story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Putnam, 1970)
14/10Book dummy of single page sheets, paired for folding, pasted text only: 1st signature (pp. 4 - 23), (26 sheets)
14/11Book dummy of single page sheets, paired for folding, pasted text only: 2nd signature (pp. 25 - 48), (18 sheets)
15/1Book dummy, with pasted text and illustration reproductions
15/2Preliminary watercolor illustrations: pp. 5 - 30, and 32 - 47, 39 sheets; note from publisher, June 1970
15/3Preliminary watercolor illustration for p. 31, with color separation of p. 31
15/4Color separations, with original ink illustrations: pp. 5 - 17, (12 sheets)
15/5Color separations, with original ink illustrations: pp. 18 - 21, 23, 26 - 30, and 32 - 34, (12 sheets)
15/6Color separations, with original ink illustrations: pp. 35 - 46, (12 sheets)
Pete's Pup: 3 Puppy Stories stories and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Windmill Books, 1975)
16/1Preliminary watercolor illustrations: front cover, pp. 3 -18, and 20 - 24, (19 sheets)
16/2Preliminary watercolor illustrations: pp. 29 - 50, (22 items)
16/3Preliminary watercolor illustrations: pp. 55 - 69, 71 - 76, and back cover, (20 sheets)
16/4Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: front and back cover, (2 sheets)
16/5Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 5 (beginning of text) - 13, (8 sheets)
16/6Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 14 - 24, (9 sheets)
16/7Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 25 - 26 and 31 - 37, (8 sheets)
16/8Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 38 - 46, (9 sheets)
16/9Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 47 - 52 and 57 - 61, (10 sheets)
16/10Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 62 - 71, (9 sheets)
17/1Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 72 - 77, (7 sheets)
17/2Color separation overlays: pp. 5 - 26 and 31 - 43, (35 sheets)
17/3Color separation overlays: pp. 44 - 52 and 57 - 79, (30 sheets)
Santa's Moose story and illustrations by Syd Hoff, An Early I Can Read Book (New York: Harper & Row, 1979)
17/4Book dummy, with pasted text and pencil and crayon illustrations
17/5Typescript, October 1978, (5 pp.)
17/6Typescript of front matter, edited and marked for publication, (6 pp.)
17/7Preliminary watercolor sketches: cover illustration, pp. 5 - 27 and 29 - 32, (19 sheets)
17/8Color separations: dust jacket cover illustration and pp. 5 - 17, (10 sheets)
17/9Color separations: pp. 18 - 27 and 29 - 32, (9 sheets)
17/10Color separation: dust jacket illustration
17/11Unfolded paperback book covers, (15 sheets)
Slithers story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Putnam, 1968)
17/12Preliminary watercolor illustrations, with pasted text on overlays: pp. 5 - 26, (18 sheets)
17/13Preliminary watercolor illustrations, with pasted text on overlays: pp. 27 - 47, (18 sheets)
17/14Original ink illustrations: pp. 5 - 26, (18 sheets)
17/15Original ink illustrations: pp. 27 - 45, s (18 sheet)
The Snake That Couldn't Slither story by Peggy Bradbury, illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: Putnam, 1976)
18/1Preliminary watercolor illustrations, with pasted text: pp. 2 - 32, (22 sheets)
18/2Color separations: pp. 1 ("About the Book" page) - 17, (9 sheets)
18/3Color separations: pp. 18 - 32, (8 sheets)
18/4Preliminary watercolor illustration for dust jacket cover, 1 sheet; color separation of dust jacket, (1 sheet)
Still More Letters from Camp edited by Bill Adler, illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: New American Library, 1968)
18/5Original ink illustrations: pp. 8, 10, 14 - 16, 24 - 26, 28 - 31, 33 - 36, 39 - 40, 44 - 46, 50, 55 - 56, 58 - 59, 61 - 63, 69, 73 - 75, 86, 89, 105, 110, 121 and 125, (39 items)
Syd Hoff Shows You How to Draw Cartoons by Syd Hoff (New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1979)
18/6Book dummy, with ink illustrations and handwritten text, in folder labeled 'Scott Meredith Literary Agency'
18/7Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: title/copyright page, pp. 2 (beginning of text) - 33, (17 sheets)
18/8Paste-ups, with original ink illustrations: pp. 34 - 64, (16 sheets)
Syd Hoff's Animal Jokes by Syd Hoff (New York: Lippincott, 1985)
18/9Layout of cover illustration, dedication page, and title page, (3 sheets)
18/10Color separations: title page and pp. 7 - 19, (8 sheets)
18/11Color separations: pp. 20 - 33, (7 sheets)
19/1Color separations: pp. 34 - 48, (8 sheets)
19/2Original illustrations, variations of pp. 23 and 26, (2 sheets)
19/3Original illustrations, unused in published book, (6 sheets)
Syd Hoff's Best Jokes Ever by Syd Hoff (New York: Putnam, 1978)
19/4First typescript, edited, (27 pp.)
19/5Second typescript, edited, (72 pp.)
19/6Third typescript, edited, August 1977, (29 pp.)
19/7Original marker illustrations, pp. 5 (beginning of text) - 64, (70 sheets)
19/8Layouts, with pasted text and reproduction illustrations, pp. 3 (title page) - 64, (31 sheets)
19/9Preliminary marker and crayon illustration for dust jacket, with text on overlay, mounted
19/10Color separation of dust jacket cover
Syd Hoff's Jokes to Enjoy, Draw, and Tell by Syd Hoff (New York: Putnam, 1974)
19/11Photocopy of book dummy, (75 pp.)
19/12Typescript, edited and marked for publication: front matter and pp. 2 - 73
19/13Captions for illustrations, typed, (69 pp.)
A Walk Past Ellen's House story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973)
19/14Preliminary watercolor sketches, some with pasted text: pp. 5 (beginning of text) - 32, (24 sheets)
19/15Color separations, with original ink illustrations: title page and pp. 5 - 16, (12 sheets)
19/16Color separations, with original ink illustrations: pp. 17 - 32, (14 sheets)
20/1Layout of front matter and dust jacket, including color separation of cover illustration, (4 sheets)
20/2Blues, with note from publisher, August 1973
Walpole story and illustrations by Syd Hoff, An Early I Can Read Book (New York: Harper & Row, 1977)
20/3Typescript, edited and marked for publication, with front matter and dust jacket information, (13 pp.)
20/4Preliminary watercolor sketches for dust jacket illustration and pp. 29, 2 sheets; color separation of dust jacket illustration, 1 sheet
20/5Preliminary watercolor illustrations: pp. 4 - 32, (15 sheets)
20/6Reproductions of ink illustrations made on acetate overlays: pp. 4 - 29, (13 sheets)
20/7Layouts: title, copyright, and dedication pages, (2 sheets)
20/8Color separations, with text pasted on layout overlays: pp. 4 (beginning of text) - 17, (7 sheets)
20/9Color separations, with text pasted on layout overlays: pp. 1 and 18 - 32, (8 sheets)
20/10First galley, edited, 18 - 22 October 1976, (7 pp.)
20/11Second galley, edited, 25 - 28 October 1976, (7 pp.)
20/12Third galley, minor editing, 2 - 5 November 1976, (7 pp.)
20/13Negative of fourth galley, 16 November 1976, (7 pp.)
20/14Fourth galley, 16 - 18 November 1976
20/15Page proofs of front matter, minor marking for publication, (2 sheets)
20/16Page proofs of front matter, edited, marked 'Customer's Proof,' (3 sheets)
20/17Page proofs, incorporating revisions from folder 20/16, (3 sheets)
Wanda's Wand story and illustrations by Syd Hoff (Norwalk, Conn.: C.R. Gibson Co., 1968)
21/1Original ink illustrations: front and back jacket covers and book flaps, (4 sheets)
21/2Original ink illustrations: pp. 2 - 29 and unused, (27 sheets)
21/3Ink portion of color separations: pp. 4 - 5, 8 - 9, 12 - 13, 16 - 17, 20 - 21, 24 -25, and 28 -29, (13 sheets)
21/4Watercolor portion of color separations: dust jacket illustrations and unused, (5 sheets)
21/5Watercolor portion of color separations: pp. 2 - 3, 6 - 7, 10 - 11, 14 - 15, 18 - 19, 22 - 23, and 26 - 27, (13 sheets)
The Young Cartoonist: The ABC's of Cartooning by Syd Hoff (New York: Stravon Pub. Co., 1983)
21/6Original artwork: pp. 49, 51 - 53, 55, 60 - 61, 63, 82, 88, 90 - 95, 97 - 98, 103, 106, 109, 111 - 117, 119, 121 - 122, 124 - 127, 130 - 131, 133 - 135, 137, 139 - 147, 150 - 155, 157, 160, 163 - 165, 176 - 177, 184, and 186 - 190, (48 sheets)
21/7Illustrations cut from previously published books or illustration sheets, used for paste-ups: pp. 110, 138, 150, 156, 161 - 162, 166 - 167, and 178 - 183, (20 sheets)
21/8Unused portion of illustration sheets from which pasted illustrations were cut (see folder 21/7), (21 sheets)



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Cartoons

King Features Syndicate
22/1Original ink cartoons, 1950 - 1955, (14 items)
22/2Original ink cartoons, January - May 1958, (29 items)
22/3Original ink cartoons, June - October 1958, (27 items)
22/4Original ink cartoons, November - December 1958, (37 items)
22/5Original ink cartoons, January - February 1959, (37 items)
22/6Original ink cartoons, March - June 1959, (37 items)
22/7Original ink cartoons, July - December 1959, (31 items)
23/1Original ink cartoons, January - June 1960, (25 items)
23/2Original ink cartoons, July - August 1960, (34 items)
23/3Original ink cartoons, September - October 1960, (28 items)
23/4Original ink cartoons, November - December 1960, (30 items)
23/5Original ink cartoons, 1961, (17 items)
23/6Original ink cartoons, 1962, (23 items)
23/7Original ink cartoons, January 1963, (26 items )
23/8Original ink cartoons, February 1963, (24 items)
23/9Original ink cartoons, March - October 1963, (34 items)
24/1Original ink cartoons, January 1964, (21 items)
24/2Original ink cartoons, February - March 1964, (23 items)
24/3Original ink cartoons, April - June 1964, (20 items)
24/4Original ink cartoons, July 1964, (20 items)
24/5Original ink cartoons, August 1964, (24 items)
24/6Original ink cartoons, September 1964, (15 items)
24/7Original ink cartoons, December 1964, (25 items)
24/8Original ink cartoons, January - August 1965, (23 items)
24/9Original ink cartoons, September - November 1965, (20 items)
24/10Original ink cartoons, January - March 1966, (35 items)
25/1Original ink cartoons, April - November 1966, (20 items)
25/2Original ink cartoons, January - March 1967, (33 items)
25/3Original ink cartoons, April - December 1967, (16 items)
25/4Original ink cartoons, January - July 1968, (32 items)
25/5Original ink cartoons, August - September 1968, (43 items)
25/6Original ink cartoons, October 1968, (22 items)
25/7Original ink cartoons, November - December 1968, (36 items)
25/8Original ink cartoons, January - February 1969, (40 items)
26/1Original ink cartoons, March - April 1969, (41 items)
26/2Original ink cartoons, May - June 1969, (37 items)
26/3Original ink cartoons, July - August 1969, (40 items)
26/4Original ink cartoons, September - October 1969, (38 items)
26/5Original ink cartoons, November - December 1969, (40 items)
26/6Original ink cartoons, January 1970, (27 items)
26/7Original ink cartoons, February 1970, (23 items)
27/1Original ink cartoons, March 1970, (22 items)
27/2Original ink cartoons, April 1970, (24 items)
27/3Original ink cartoons, May 1970, (20 items)
27/4Original ink cartoons, June 1970, (18 items)
27/5Original ink cartoons, July 1970, (27 items)
27/6Original ink cartoons, August 1970, (26 items)
27/7Original ink cartoons, September 1970, (26 items)
27/8Original ink cartoons, October 1970, (27 items)
28/1Original ink cartoons, November 1970, (25 items)
28/2Original ink cartoons, December 1970, (27 items)
28/3Original ink cartoons, January 1971, (18 items)
28/4Original ink cartoons, February 1971, (24 items)
28/5Original ink cartoons, March 1971, (27 items)
28/6Original ink cartoons, April 1971, (25 items)
28/7Original ink cartoons, May 1971, (26 items)
28/8Original ink cartoons, June 1971, (26 items)
28/9Original ink cartoons, July - December 1971, (29 items)
29/1Original ink cartoons, 1972, (17 items)
29/2Original ink cartoons, 1973, (15 items)
29/3Original ink cartoons, January - August 1974, (34 items)
29/4Original ink cartoons, September - December 1974, (40 items)
29/5Original ink cartoons, January - June 1975, (29 items)
29/6Original ink cartoons, July - December 1975, (20 items)
29/7Original ink cartoons, February - April 1976, (31 items)
29/8Original ink cartoons, May - December 1976, (24 items and 1 undated)
29/9Original ink cartoon, 1977, (1 item)
29/10Original ink cartoons, no date, (41 items)
30/1Original watercolor cartoons, 1954 - 1955, (4 items)
Magazines
Colliers
30/2Original ink cartoons, 1946 - 1954 and undated, (7 items)
Cosmopolitan
30/3Original ink cartoon, no date, (1 item)
DAC News
30/4Original ink cartoons, 1954 and undated, (5 items)
Diners Club Magazine
30/5Original ink cartoon, no date, (1 item)
Esquire
Look
30/7Original ink cartoons, 1956 and undated, 9 items; color separation, no date, (1 item)
The New Yorker
Saturday Evening Post
30/9Original ink cartoons, 1949 - 1950 and undated, (7 items)
Suburbia Today
30/10Original ink cartoon, no date, (1 item)
Unidentified Publications
30/11Unidentified and undated ink cartoons, (9 items)



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Assorted Materials

30/12Photocopied article from San Mateo (California) Times, 1982, (1 sheet)
30/13Syd Hoff promotional brochure, 1988, (1 item)
30/14Advertisement from October 1958 Ladies Home Journal featuring Hoff illustrations, (2 items)
30/15Correspondence between Syd Hoff and the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, 1966 - 1987, (5 items)

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