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MARY AND CONRAD BUFF PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0135
1966
.30 cu.ft. (1 box)

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Provenance
Material was donated by Mary and Conrad Buff in 1966.

Restrictions
Noncirculating; available for research.

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
Mary Marsh Buff (nee Mary Marsh) was born on April 10, 1890 in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her youth, she developed a love for painting and poetry which eventually led to her career as an author of children's books. She received her bachelor's degree from Bethany College in Kansas and studied painting in Chicago and Cincinnati. She married Conrad Buff in 1922. She taught at schools in Montana, Idaho and Hollywood before beginning her career as an author in 1937.

Conrad Buff was born on January 15, 1886 in Speicher, Switzerland, the son of an Alpine farmer. He attended the School of Arts and Crafts in St. Gallen, Switzerland from 1900-1903, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1904. He immediately traveled west and fell in love with the landscape. After working as a sheepherder and house painter, Buff found success with his paintings, winning several prizes for his artwork during the 1920's. He has since had his paintings or lithographs included in the permanent collections of such museums as the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and the National Gallery.

Between 1937 and 1968, Mary and Conrad Buff collaborated on both text and illustrations to produce fourteen books. Recurrent themes of their books included nature, especially in western ecosystems, Native Americans, and Switzerland. Dash and Dart was a runner-up for the Caldecott Medal in 1943. Three of their books, Big Tree (1947), The Apple and the Arrow (1952), and Magic Maize (1954), were runners-up for the Newbery Medal.

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Scope and Content
The "Alphabetical Files" contain a drawing of a young girl by Conrad Buff, a photograph of Mary and Conrad Buff, and three articles about the couple. The series also contains a folder of research materials relating to U.S. Navy training and operations. Another folder contains typescripts of articles about the Navy by authors other than the Buffs.

The "Books" series contains two galley sheets, and a book jacket proof for Kemi, An Indian Boy Before the White Man Came.

Series and Subseries

A. Alphabetical Files (1966) B. Books (1966)


Box Inventory

  Box/Folder 

A.  Alphabetical Files (1966)

     1/1       Articles, 3 items.

     1/2       Correspondence with de Grummond Collection, 1966, 2 items.

     1/3       Drawing of a young girl by Conrad Buff, 1 item.

     1/4       Greeting card with illustration by Conrad Buff, 1 item.

     1/5-1/6   U.S. Navy, 

     1/5            Research materials.

     1/6            Article typescripts, 7 items.

     1/7       Photograph, 4 items.


B. Books (1966)
     
     Kemi, An Indian Boy Before the White Man Came by Mary and Conrad
     Buff (Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1966).

     1/8       Galley, front matter, 2 pp.

     	       Proof, book jacket, 1 item.
     


Processed: October 1996

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