Noncirculating; available for research.
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Elizabeth Olds was born on December 10, 1896 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She studied art at the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Art Students League of New York. In 1925, she was the first women awarded a Guggenheim fellowship to paint abroad. The illustrations for her first book, The Big Fire (1945) were featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Her work is permanently displayed at the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as art museums in Baltimore, Seattle, Philadelphia and Brooklyn.
Scope and Content
The collection contains illustration materials for three titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created.
The Big Fire (1945) was inspired by a print called The Fire. After contacting a fire department about fire fighting techniques, Ms. Olds began illustrating the book using a rock lithograph method. The book was featured at the Modern Museum of Art in an exhibition of children s book illustrations. There is an oversized press sheet print for this title. Little Una (1963) is based on a true story about a town in Brazil that elects a rhinoceros as a city official because they want to sell it to pay for a monument. There is a wood block print for this title. There is a proof of a wood block print for Plop Plop Ploppie (1962), a story about three whales.
Series and Subseries
Box/Folder A. Books The Big Fire written and illustrated by Elizabeth Olds (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1945). --- Press sheet, 1 item. Oversized item housed in map case Little Una written and illustrated by Elizabeth Olds (New York: Scribner, 1963). 1/1 Trial wood block print, 1 item. Plop Plop Ploppie written and illustrated by Elizabeth Olds (New York: Scribner, 1962). 1/2 Working proof of illustration, 1 item.
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Hattiesburg, MS 39406
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