Material was donated by Genevieve Foster from 1967 to 1979.
Noncirculating; available for research.
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.
Genevieve (Stump) Foster was born April 13, 1893 in Oswego, New York. A year later her father died, and she moved to Wisconsin to live with her grandparents. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1915. She attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts from 1916-1917. From 1917-1922 Ms. Foster worked as an illustrator and advertiser for Child Life magazine. She is most noted for her self-illustrated history books. These books are often referred to as "horizontal histories" because not only are they about famous historical figures, but they also described what was going on in other parts of the world during the lifetime of the figure. The books written for middle-grades, the "World" series, became very popular. She also wrote a series called the "Initial Biographies" for young readers. Most of her books have been translated into over 12 foreign languages. Four of her books, George Washington's World (1941), Abraham Lincoln's World (1944), George Washington (1949), and Birthdays of Freedom Book I (1952), were named Newbery Honor Books. Ms. Foster died on August 30, 1979 in Westport, Connecticut.
The collection contains original illustrations from five of Ms. Foster's "horizontal histories." There are also "Happy New Year" cards that have illustrations from her books on them. There are three copies of publisher's promotional materials that have illustrations from her books, as well.
A. Correspondence1/1 "Happy New Year" cards from 1966-1979, photocopied, 6 items.
B. BooksAbraham Lincoln's World written and illustrated by Genevieve Foster (New York: Scribner, 1944). 1/2 Original illustration, black ink of Andrew Jackson, p. 41. Augustus Caesar's World written and illustrated by Genevieve Foster (New York: Scribner, 1947). 1/3 Original illustration, black ink of Pharaoh, p. 121. Original illustration, black ink of a Druid, p. 137. George Washington's World written and illustrated by Genevieve Foster (New York: Scribner, 1941). 1/4 Original illustration, black ink of King George III, p. 199. Original illustration, black ink of French Revolution, unused. The World of Captain John Smith written and illustrated by Genevieve Foster (New York: Scribner, 1960). 1/5 Mounted illustrations, original pen and ink sketch, inked illustration with color overlay, page from book, front matter, p. 1. The World of Columbus and Sons written and illustrated by Genevieve Foster (New York: Scribner, 1965). 1/6 Original illustration, black ink of young Christopher Columbus, front matter, p. 1.
C. Publisher's Promotional Materials1/7 Promotional material with illustrations, 3 copies.
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