de Grummond Collection

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1.20 cu.ft. (3 boxes)

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Materials were donated by Tasha Tudor from 1978 to 1988.

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.

Biographical Sketch
Before she legally changed her name, Tasha Tudor was born Starling Burgess on August 28, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied at the Boston Museum Fine Arts School and married Thomas McCready, Jr. in 1938, and had four children. She spent most of her adult life attempting to emulate a nineteenth-century rural lifestyle, by purchasing farms in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont. These homes often lacked electricity and running water. Ms. Tudor washed clothes by hand, learned to spin and weave, made bread from scratch, and decorated her homes with antique furniture.

Ms. Tudor began illustrating children's books in 1938, creating artwork for her own books as well as those written by other authors. Over the years, she enjoyed writing and illustrating fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and stories concerning holiday celebrations or farm life. Her style of illustration was frequently characterized as romantically old- fashioned, Victorian, and nineteenth-century. In addition to numerous other awards and honors, two of her works, Mother Goose and 1 Is One, were named Caldecott Honor Books. Ms. Tudor passed away at her home in Marlboro, VT on June 18, 2008. She was 92.


Scope and Content
The collection contains material for two books. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. There are two illustrations from First Delights: A Book About the Five Senses. For Tasha Tudor's Favorite Christmas Carols, the collection contains a typescript, two galleys, illustration proofs, color separations, layouts, and blues.

The "Alphabetical Files" series contains proofs and negatives for several Christmas cards illustrated by Ms. Tudor. The series also contains numerous photographs of Ms. Tudor.

Related Collections:

The Dorothy Haas Papers (DG0407) contain biographical information about Ms. Tudor, correspondence between Ms. Haas and Ms. Tudor, and an essay by Ms. Haas about her relationship with Ms. Tudor. The collection also includes correspondence and reviews related to four books published in Chicago by Rand-McNally: A Child's Garden of Verses (1981), The Night Before Christmas (1975), The Springs of Joy (1979), and A Time to Keep (1977). There are also typescripts for A Time to Keep, and correspondence relating to three advent calenders (1978, 1980, 1982) which Ms. Tudor illustrated. See also The Wm John and Pricilla T. Hare Tasha Tudor Bibliography Collection (DG1354) and The Jeanette Chandler Knazek Collection (DG1343).

Series and Subseries

A. Books (1978, 1988)

B. Alphabetical Files (Undated)

Box Inventory


A. Books (1978, 1988)

     First Delights: A Book About the Five Senses by Tasha Tudor (New 
     York: Platt & Munk, 1988).

     1/1       Illustrations, 2 items.
     Tasha Tudor's Favorite Christmas Carols illustrated by Tasha Tudor and 
     Linda Allen (New York: McKay, 1978).

     1/2-1/3   Research material,

     1/2            Musical scores for Christmas carols, 19 items.
     1/3            Book of Christmas carols, 1 item.

     1/4       Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 24 pp.

     1/5       Galley, 

     1/5            28 pp.

     1/6            "Revised," 21 pp.

     1/7       Typeface samples, 2 items.
     1/8       Sketches, 7 items.

     2/1       Illustration proofs, 2 items.

     2/2       Color separations, 16 sheets.

     2/3-2/5   Layouts,          

     2/3            pp. 1-23.

     2/4            pp. 24-45.

     2/5            pp. 46-64.     

     2/6       Blues, pp. i-x, and pp. 1-54.

     2/7-2/9   Book jacket materials,

     2/7            Flap copy

                    Typescript, 2 pp.

                    Galleys, 2 pp.

                    Layout, 1 item.

     2/8            Illustration proofs, 3 items.

     2/9            Color separations, 8 sheets.

B.  Alphabetical Files (Undated)

     3/1       Catalogs of exhibitions and sales, 5 items.

     3/2-3/4   Greeting Card Materials,

     3/2            Color separations, 2 items.

     3/3            Proofs, 5 items.

               Greeting card, 1 item.

     3/4            Negatives, 36 items.

     3/5-3/6   Photographs,

     3/5            Signed and taken by Nell Dorr, 1 item.

     3/6            24 items.

     3/7       Reviews, 4 items.

Processed: January 1999
Revised: July 2001; August 2008

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