The University of Southern Mississippi -- de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
de Grummond Collection Home
Contributor List & Finding Aid Index| Special Collections


Manuscript Collection

Collection Title: Susanne Suba Papers

Collection Number: DG0954

Inclusive Dates: 1938-1973

Volume: 3.75 cu. ft. (6 boxes)

Provenance : Donated by Susanne Suba from 1972-1996.

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:

Susanne Suba was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1913 to mother, May, and father, Miklos, who was a painter and architect. Her family emigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn when she was a young girl. After studying art at Pratt Institute in New York, Ms. Suba moved to Chicago to work as a book illustrator. She collaborated with various authors, including her husband Russell McKracken, and was a regular contributor to Publisher's Weekly and other publications throughout the years. As a freelance painter and illustrator, Ms. Suba had exhibitions at The Boston Museum, the Art Director's Club in both Chicago and New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum and many other smaller venues.

Source:

Something About the Author , vol. 4, p. 202-204.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains illustrations, layouts, dummies, dust jackets and galleys for 21 titles. There are also illustrations for magazine covers and Christmas cards. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The dust jackets were separated by title if Ms. Suba also did the illustrations for the book. Illustrations for dust jackets only were gathered together in a separate subseries. The collection can be separated into two categories, those written and illustrated by Ms. Suba and those that were illustrated by her, but written by a variety of other authors.

Three of the picture books in the collection were written and illustrated by Ms. Suba. There is a manuscript, a dummy with watercolor illustrations, a galley, and a dust jacket for The Man with the Bushy Beard & Other Tales (1969), a collection of folk tales. The Monkeys & the Pedlar (1970), another tale, has a typescript, galley, pencil sketches, and a watercolor dummy. There are dust jacket materials for A Rocket in My Pocket, the Rhymes and Chants of Young Americans (1948).

In addition to her own stories, Ms. Suba also illustrated many picture books for other authors. In The Hunting Trip by Robert Burch (1971), the wife tries to keep her husband from shooting the animals they see. There are pencil sketches, a watercolor illustration and layouts for this title. She also illustrated a story for a dentist in Rome called My Friend, the Dentist (1952) to teach children not to be afraid of going to the dentist. There are pencil sketches for this title. There are also illustrations for Dangerous Adventure!: Lindbergh's Famous Flight (1977) by Ruth Belov Gross, New York City Kids Book (1979) by the Children's Writer's and Artists Collaboration, Sabina (1941) by Elizabeth Howard, and St. Nicholas' Travels, a Miraculous Biography (1945) by Hertha Pauli.

Related Collections:

There are related materials in the Barbara Seuling Papers (DG 0880) for the New York City Kids Book (1979) and the Christine Noble Govan Papers (DG 0385) for String and the No-Tail Cat (1939).

Series and Subseries:

A. Correspondence (1973-1980)

B. Books (1938-1979)

  • ANN OF BAR-TON RANCH (1938)

  • THE COAT-HANGER CHRISTMAS TREE (1973)

  • DANCING STAR: THE STORY OF ANNA PAVLOVA (1942)

  • DANCING TO DANGER (1967)

  • DANGEROUS ADVENTURE!: LINDBERGH'S FAMOUS FLIGHT (1977)

  • A FLOWER FROM DINAH (1962)

  • THE HOBO HOUND (1947)

  • THE HUNTING TRIP (1971)

  • JOURNEY INTO CHRISTMAS (1963)

  • THE LITTLE CAT THAT COULD NOT SLEEP (1941)

  • LOTTIE'S VALENTINE (1940)

  • THE MAN WITH THE BUSHY BEARD & OTHER TALES (1969)

  • THE MONKEYS & THE PEDLAR (1970)

  • MY AUNT LUCIENNE (1955)

  • MY FRIEND, THE DENTIST (1952)

  • THE MYSTERY OF CARMEN THE COW (1946)

  • NEW YORK CITY KIDS BOOK (1979)

  • A ROCKET IN MY POCKET: THE RHYMES AND CHANTS OF YOUNG AMERICANS (1948)

  • SABINA (1941)

  • ST. NICHOLAS' TRAVELS, A MIRACULOUS BIOGRAPHY (1945)

  • SONG OF THE NORTH: THE STORY OF EDVARD GRIEG (1941)

  • SONNY-BOY SIM (1948)

  • STRING AND THE NO-TAIL CAT (1939)

  • THAT NEW BABY (1967)

  • TINKERS OF TURNTABLE (1940)

  • TIZZ IS A COW PONY (1961)

  • TOMORROW FOR PATRICIA (1955)

  • THE TRAVELING BIRD (1959)

  • UP DOWN AND ALL AROUND (1960)

  • THE WATERSNAKE (1979)

C. Illustrations for Dust Jackets

D. Unidentified Illustration

E. Proofs for Magazine Covers

F. Christmas Cards

Box Inventory

Box/Folder

A. Correspondence (1973-1980)

1/1

Correspondence, 1973-1980, 21 items.

B. Books (1938-1979)

Ann of Bar-Ton Ranch by Elizabeth Welty Stevens, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: A.A. Knopf, 1938).

1/2 Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

The Coat-Hanger Christmas Tree by Eleanor Estes, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: Atheneum, 1973).

1/2

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

Dancing Star: The Story of Anna Pavlova by Gladys Malvern, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: J. Messner, 1942).

1/2

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

Dancing to Danger by Priscilla Hagon, illustrated by Susanne Suba ( Cleveland : World Pub. Co. , 1967).

1/2

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

Dangerous Adventure!: Lindbergh's Famous Flight by Ruth Belov Gross, pictures by Susanne Suba (New York: Walker, 1977).

1/3

Illustrations with color separations, pp. 6-44, 36 items.

 

A Flower from Dinah by Marguerite Vance, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: Dutton, 1962).

1/4

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

The Hobo Hound by May Edwards, illustrated by Susanne Suba (Chicago: Rand, McNally, 1947).

1/5-1/7

Layouts with text and watercolor illustrations,

1/5

3 items.

1/6

3 items.

1/7 4 items.
1/8

Dust jackets, 2 items.

 

The Hunting Trip by Robert Burch, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York, Scribner, 1971).

1/9

Pencil sketches on tracing paper, 22 items.

1/10

Illustration, watercolor, p. 23.

 

Layout with text and pasted illustration, 1 item.

1/11 Dust jacket and covers specifications, 2 items.

 

Journey into Christmas, and Other Stories by Bess Streeter Aldrich, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: Appleton-Century, 1963).

1/12

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

The Little Cat That Could Not Sleep by Frances Margaret Fox, pictures by Susanne Suba (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1941).

1/12

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

Lottie's Valentine by Katherine Wigmore Eyre, pictures by Suzanne Suba ( Eau Claire , Wisconsin : E.M. Hale, 1940).

1/12

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

The Man with the Bushy Beard & Other Tales written and illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: Viking Press, 1969).

1/13

Manuscript, 5 pp.

1/14

Dummy, with watercolor illustrations, 1 item.

1/15

Galley, cut, 3 pp.

1/16

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

The Monkeys & the Pedlar written and illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: Viking Press, 1970).

2/1

Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 10 pp.

2/2 Galley, “master set,” 1 pp.
2/3 Pencil sketches on tracing paper, 42 items.
2/4 Photostat of sketch, 2 items.
2/5

Dummy, watercolor, 1 item.

2/6

Typeface proofs, 3 items.

2/7 Specifications for dust jacket, 3 items.

 

My Aunt Lucienne by Rose Caroline Feld, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: Scribner, 1955).

2/8

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

My Friend, the Dentist by Dr. A. K. Ovadia, illustrated by Susanne Suba (Rome: Danesi, 1952).

2/9

Pencil sketches on tracing paper, 16 items.

 

The Mystery of Carmen the Cow by Russell McCracken, illustrated by Susanne Suba (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1946).

3/1-3/2

Layouts with watercolor illustrations,

3/1

6 items.

3/2

6 items.

 

New York City Kids Book by the Children's Writer's and Artists Collaboration (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1979).

3/3

Illustration, pen and ink, 1 item.

 

A Rocket in My Pocket, the Rhymes and Chants of Young Americans compiled and illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: H. Holt, 1948).

3/4

Dummy for dust jacket, 2 items.

3/5 Illustration for dust jacket, watercolor, 1 item.
 

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

Sabina by Elizabeth Howard, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1941).

3/6-3/8

Illustrations, charcoal,

3/6

5 items.

3/7

5 items.

3/8 6 items.

 

St. Nicholas' Travels, a Miraculous Biography by Hertha Pauli, illustrated by Susanne Suba (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1945).

4/1

Illustrations, charcoal and ink, 6 items.

 

Song of the North: The Story of Edvard Grieg by Claire Lee Purdy, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: J. Messner, 1941).

4/2

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

Sonny-Boy Sim by Elizabeth Whitemore Baker, illustrated by Susanne Suba (Chicago: Rand, McNally, 1948).

4/2

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

String and the No-Tail Cat by Christine Noble Govan, illustrated by Susanne Suba (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1939).

4/3

Pencil sketches on tracing paper, 5 items.

4/4 Ink sketches on tracing paper, 3 items.
4/5 Illustrations, ink, 3 items.
4/6 Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

That New Baby by Peggy Mann, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: Coward-McCann, 1968).

4/7-4/8

Layouts with pasted text and illustrations, watercolor,

4/7

7 items.

4/8

7 items.

 

The Tinkers of Turntable by Elizabeth Greenebaum Herzog, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: William R. Scott, 1940).

4/9

Correspondence, 1940, 1 item.

4/10 Illustrations, pen and ink, 37 items.

 

Tizz is a Cow Pony by Elisa Bialk, illustrated by Susanne Suba (Chicago: Children's Press, 1961).

4/11

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

Tomorrow for Patricia by Crane Blossom Harrison, illustrated by Susanne Suba (Boston: Little, Brown, 1955).

4/11

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

The Traveling Bird by Robert Burch, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: McDowell, Obolensky, 1959).

4/11

Dust jacket, 1 item.

 

Up and Down and All Around by Marguerite Walters, pictures by Susanne Suba (New York: Watts, 1960).

4/12

Layouts with pasted text and illustrations, 21 pp.

 

The Watersnake by Berniece Freschet, illustrated by Susanne Suba (New York: Scribner, 1979).

5/1

Ink sketches, 8 pp.

5/2

Preliminary layouts on tracing paper, pencil and ink illustrations, 42 items.

 

C. Illustrations for Dust Jackets

5/3

Dust jackets, 19 items.

 

D. Unidentified Illustration

5/4

Unidentified illustration proof, 1 item.

 

E. Proofs for Magazines Covers

5/5

Proofs for Jack and Jill magazine covers, 3 items.

5/6 Proofs for The New Yorker magazine covers, 4 items.

 

F. Christmas Cards

5/7

Ink sketches for Christmas cards, 2 items.

5/8

Illustration for Christmas card, tempera paint, 1 item.

6/1

Bound journal with pasted Christmas cards, 1 item.

6/3

Christmas cards, 27 items.

 


Processed: October 1998

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

 


Created by: Dee Jones
Prepared and maintained by
University of Southern Mississippi Libraries de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/degrum/public_html/
118 College Drive #5148   Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Please send comments or questions to http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/degrum/public_html/html/research/ref.shtml
Revised: March 14, 2011