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JOSEPH LOW PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0630
1964-1968
1.5 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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Provenance

Donated by Joseph Low between January and December 1968.

Restrictions

Non-circulating; available for research.

Copyright

This 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

Born in 1911, Joseph Low attended the University of Illinois from 1930 to 1932 and began his art career in 1933 by typesetting and printing his own work. Beginning in 1941 Low worked as a freelance designer in New York City, then as an instructor of graphic art and design at Indiana University--Bloomington from 1942 to 1945, contributing to the creation of the University's Corydon Press. In 1952 he collaborated with his wife to write and illustrate The Mother Goose Riddle Rhymes. For the next decade Low worked in several of New York's advertising agencies and in 1959 founded Eden Hill Press. As proprietor of Eden Hill, Low published his own material and continued to publish and illustrate his own books, book jackets, as well as records and magazine covers.

Low insists his own style developed from a reaction against and in spite of the academic training he received. Dissatisfied with his training, he initiated a personal investigation of the past's artistic voices which finally -- as he described it-- led him to a visual language that struck a chord within him. His work as an author/illustrator has won recognition from the New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune's Spring Book Festival. His Mice Twice was named as a Caldecott honor book in 1981. Low's work has been shown in museums and collections throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Some of his work has also been permanently included in collections at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Library of Congress, and Princeton University.

Sources:

  • Something About the Author vol. 14, pp. 123-125.
  • Third Book of Junior Authors, pp. 183-184.


    Scope and Content

    The Low Papers contain correspondence between Joseph Low and Lena de Grummond, as well as dummies, original illustrations and color separations for three books. The correspondence offers some interesting insights into Low's personality, such as his loathing for public-speaking, while the illustrations and separations help demonstrate the production process of book illustration. Not uncommonly, the illustrations bear the notations of either Low or the publisher, and those notes serve as a kind of indirect guide for those wishing to know how the illustrations and separations were married to the author's text.



    Related Collection

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    Series and Subseries


    A. Correspondence (1966-1968)

    B. Books (1964-1968)

    C. Miscellaneous


    Box Inventory


        Box/Folder
    

    A. Correspondence (1966-1968)

    1/1 Letters from Joseph Low to Lena de Grummond, 6 items (6 Aug 66, 15 Aug 66, 8 Sept 66, 19 Dec 67, 22 Feb 68, 7 May 68).

    B. Books (1964-1968)

    FRICTION by Howard Liss, illustrated by Joseph Low (New York: Longman, 1968). 1/1 Dummy, 46 pp; Ink illustrations and typeset text, pp. 4-49, 13 items; 1/2 Ink illustrations and typeset text, pp. 30-47, 7 items; 1/3 Color separations, pp. 2-46, 46 items; SPIDER SILK by Augusta R. Goldin, illustrated by Joseph Low (New York: Crowell, 1964). 1/4 Illustrations and text, pp. 1-40, 20 items; 1/5 Color separations, pp. 1-39, 37 items. ST. NICHOLAS AND THE TUB by Brian Burland, illustrated by Joseph Low (New York: Holiday House, 1964). 2/1 Original ink illustrations with text: front and back book jacket, pp. 1-36, 34 items; 2/2 Color separations: front and back book jacket (6 items), pp. 1-36 (38 items); 2/3 Typeset text, pp. 1-36, plus photograph of original title page.

    C. Miscellaneous

    2/4 "Occasional Pot-pourri from Joseph Low" published flyer (1 item), Aesop: Selected Fables translated by Roger L'Estrange, ill. By Joseph Low; Eden Hill Press, 1967 Signed and numbered (#75) print from the book Christmas card designs Original designs by Low (printed cards) 2 items.


    Processed: April 28, 1995
    Revised: June 2001

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