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Collection Title: Jane Rietveld Papers

Collection Number: DG0817

Inclusive Dates: 1950 - 1972

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

Provenance : Materials donated by Jane Klatt Rietveld, 1967-1972.

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:

Jane Klatt (later Jane Rietveld) was born circa 1914.  From an early age she enjoyed camping and drawing, which would later influence her work.  She met her husband, Gordon Rietveld, while attending Milwaukee State Teachers College, now Wisconsin State College-Milwaukee. They married in 1936.  She moved to Phoenix, Arizona sometime before 1967. 

Viking published Rietveld's first book, Nicky’s Bugle, in 1947. During this same year, she became one of the first women to be accepted in the Allied Authors (Milwaukee’s Fictioneers). Her second book, Rocky Point Campers, was greatly influenced by the camping trips she and her husband took during their summers off. Both of these titles were written for the 7-10 age group. Some of her other titles include: Great Lakes Sailor (1952), Wild Dog (1953), Roly and Poly (1956), To Hide, to Seek (1957), Monkey Island (1963), and ABC Molly (1966).


Gicas, Bessie. “Art Inc. A Shorewood Couple Has Found Art A Way of Life.” The Milwaukee Journal-Women’s Section 29 April 1951: 1-2. Print.

Haefele, John D. “History.” Allied Authors. n.p. n.d. Web. 22 April, 2015. <>

Scope and Content:

The correspondence series in the Jane Rietveld Papers consists of two photocopied letters that were sent to Lena de Grummond in 1967 and 1972. They are arranged chronologically. The biographical material series is in the form of a newspaper article written in 1951 for the Milwuakee Journal.

The last series holds materials used in the production of Rocky Point Campers (1950). The book dummy is divided into six separate sections and contains sketches with pasted text. There is also a handwritten note by Rietveld identifying the item. Most of the illustrations for the book are included in this collection, and are arranged in order of their appearance in the published work. The illustrations are pencil drawings, reminiscent of lithographs on Bristol board. Some items are taped to a mat board with a protective plastic covering.


Series and Subseries:

A. Correspondence

B. Biographical Material

C. Book (1950)



Box Inventory


A. Correspondence

1/1 Jane Rietveld to Lena de Grummond, 1967, 1 item.
1/1 Jane Rietveld to Lena de Grummond, 1972, 1 item.


B. Biographical Material

1/2 Newspaper article, The Milwaukee Journal, 1951, 1 item.


C. Book (1950)

Rocky Point Campers written and illustrated by Jane Rietveld (New York: The Viking Press, 1950).


Dummy with text, 2 items


Pencil illustrations for pp. 10 & 17, 2 items


Pencil illustrations for pp. 18-20, 4 items


Pencil illustrations for pp. 30, 33, 36, 3 items

1/7 Pencil illustrations for pp. 40 & 43, 2 items
1/8 Pencil illustrations for pp. 45, 47, & 50, 2 items

Pencil illustrations for pp. 52 & 54, 2 items


Pencil illustrations for pp. 54 & 67, 2 items


Pencil illustrations for pp. 64, 77, 78, & 79, 4 items


Pencil illustrations for pp. 83 & 85, 2 items


Pencil illustrations for pp. 87, 93, & 95, 3 items

Processed: April 2015


Created by: Amanda Myers
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Revised: September 21, 2016