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Antonio Frasconi Papers

Identifier: DG1137


The Antonio Frasconi Papers contain a presentation copy of a block print of the alphabet with animal figures imbedded in each letter. The print is inscribed "to all the children of Mississippi, greetings!" and is signed by Frasconi. He made the print in 1965.


  • Creation: 1965

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

Antonio Frasconi was born on April 28, 1919, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Italian parents who had immigrated to South America during World War I. The family soon moved to Montevideo, Uruguay where Franco and Armida (Carbonai) Frasconi ran a restaurant. Antonio enjoyed drawing, painting, and reading as a boy, and was delighted when he was apprenticed to a printer at age twelve. He began to publish cartoons and drawings in satirical newspapers while still a teenager and started to experiment with woodcuts in the early 1940s. He moved to the United States in 1945 to study at the Art Students' League and the New School for Social Research, both in New York City.

Frasconi quickly gravitated to woodcut and lithograph as his primary media. By the early 1950s he was recognized as one of America's foremost woodcut artists, achieving much success in sales and exhibitions. Frasconi married Leona Pierce, an artist, in 1951. He wrote and illustrated See and Say: A Picture Book in Four Languages (1955) for his son, Pablo, to teach him that there were many different languages to use to describe things. He has produced other bilingual books both to teach other languages and to foster a respect for other cultures in children.

Frasconi has served as teacher and artist-in-residence at various universities and institutions across the United States. He has supported mass-produced graphic art as a means to expose more people to artwork. Understandably, his own work has been commissioned for advertising, magazine illustrations, record covers, Christmas cards, and a U.S. postage stamp. Frasconi works from his home in South Norwalk, Connecticut.


Something About the Author, ed. Ann Commire (Detroit: Gale Research, 1988), 53:40-49.

Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, ed. Laurie Collier and Joyce Nakamura (Detroit: Gale Research, 1993), 2:873-877.


.60 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries by Antonio Frasconi ca. 1966.

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This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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