Material was donated by Esther Averill in 1966 and 1971.
Ms. Averill is most noted for The Cat Club series, 13 stories about a black cat named Jenny Lensky that wears a red scarf in all of her adventures. The characters were all based on cats Ms. Averill owned or knew. Jenny's Birthday Book (1954),written and illustrated by Esther Averill, was awarded the Best Children's Book of the Year by the New York Times. Some of the cat stories have been published in other languages throughout the world. Esther Averill died on May 12, 1992 in New York.
The collection contains two dummies from Ms. Averill's The Cat Club series,
How the Brothers Joined the Cat Club (1953) and The Fire Cat
(1960). Both have some original paste-ups and notes from the author in them.
Also included are some letters to the de Grummond Collection that detail some of
her work and art technique on Daniel Boone (1931) and The Fire Cat
(1960). The Fire Cat (1960), is the story of a cat named Pickles who
dreams of living in a firehouse. The other book, How the Brothers Joined the
Cat Club (1953) is the story of how Jenny's two new brothers are accepted
into the cat club.
The Feodor Rojankovsky Papers (DG0834) has original illustrations for Daniel Boone (1931).
A. Correspondence1/1 Correspondence to the de Grummond Collection with attached biography note from Harper & Row, 3 items.
B. BooksThe Fire Cat written and illustrated by Esther Averill (New York: Harper & Row, 1960). Dummy with watercolor and ink paste-ups, edited with typesetter's marks, undated; front matter (4 pp.), pp 5-63.
How the Brothers Joined the Cat Club written and illustrated by Esther Averill (New York: Harper & Row, 1953). 1/3 Dummy with watercolor and ink paste-ups, edited, dated 1953; pp. 7-10.
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