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Lee Smith Albion Papers

 Collection
Identifier: DG0909

Scope and Contents

This collection contains primarily Lee Smith's color separations for eight books which she illustrated between 1961 and 1967. Also included, however, are color proofs of her illustrations as well as paste-up dummies and one manuscript.

Smith collaborated with Marianna Prieto on four books with Latin-American themes. Prieto frequently constructed stories from her research of Latin-American folklore and about Spanish-American families. In Ah Ucu and Itzo (1964) Smith illustrated the story of a Mayan familiy and their mysterious encouter with "the little people." The collection holds thirteen color separtions for this title. For Prieto's The Wise Rooster (1962), Smith contributed illustrations which portray the story of some special barn animals on the night of the Christ-child's birth. For this title the collection has twenty-six color separtions and color proofs (some duplicates). Smith also illustrated Tomato Boy(1967) , and A Kite for Carlos (1966) for Prieto.

In addition to these books with Prieto, Smith provided color illustrations for books concerning animals: Cato the Kiwi Bird (1962),The Lucky Little Porcupine (1963), and Monsters of Today and Yesterday (1967). The collection contains color separtions for the dust jackets, title pages and pages throughout.

Finally, Smith illustrated one book geared toward explaining human physiology to children, Inside You and Me: A Child's Introduction to the Human Body (1961). For this title the collection contains ink illustrations and color separations.

Dates

  • 1961-1967

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

Lee Smith Albion was born in Rochester, New York and trained at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City. She graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College and then received a Master's Degree from Columbia University. After college, she continued her education at the Art Students League in New York City for four years and the Art Center in Los Angeles. She married an attorney in 1965 and relocated to Miami. The birth of their son occurred the following year.

Ms. Albion's commercial art career enabled her to produce her work in many newspapers and magazines in the U.S. such as The New Yorker, Saturday Review of Literature, New York Times Book Review, and many others. For a number of years she exclusively illustrated the weekly Chicago Tribune Book Review.

Publishing under the name Lee Smith, Ms. Albion illustrated a number of children's books, including Inside You and Me: A Child's Introduction to the Human Body (Harper, 1961), A Kite for Carlos (John Day, 1966), and Tomato Boy (Harper, 1967). Perhaps most noteworthy, Albion contributed illustrations to Mariana de Prieto's books about Latin-American children and Spanish folktales. Ms. Albion also contributed illustrations to children's periodicals such as Jack and Jill and Scholastic

Extent

1.9 Cubic Feet (4 Boxes)

Overview

For a number of years, Lee Smith Albion exclusively illustrated the weekly Chicago Tribune Book Review. Publishing under the name Lee Smith, Ms. Albion illustrated a number of children's books, including Inside You and Me: A Child's Introduction to the Human Body (Harper, 1961), A Kite for Carlos (John Day, 1966), and Tomato Boy (Harper, 1967). Perhaps most noteworthy, Albion contributed illustrations to Mariana de Prieto's books about Latin-American children and Spanish folktales. She also contributed illustrations to children's periodicals such as Jack and Jill and Scholastic.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one series of four boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Lee Smith Albion between 1970 and 1972.

Related Materials

For original manuscripts of Mariana de Prieto's Ah Ucu and Itzo, Tomato Boy, The Wise Rooster and A Kite for Carlos, see DG0799 The Mariana Beeching de Prieto Papers.
Title
Lee Smith Albion Papers
Status
In Progress
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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