Pyle, W. mss., 1925-2006
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Pyle, W. mss., 1925-2006
Materials are in English
The Pyle, W. mss. 1925-2006, consists of
letters, original animation drawings, and works of art relating to Willis Pyle's
career as an animator and artist.
This collection is open for research.
Willis Pyle (b. September 4, 1914) made his first contact with the Walt Disney
Studios while still a student at the University of Colorado. He soon moved to
Hollywood, trained in animation, and worked on such classic Disney features as
During World War II he worked on animated films for the armed services. After
joining the newly-formed production company UPA, he played an important role in the
development of popular cartoon characters of the early fifties, such as Mr. Magoo
and was a principal animator in the Academy Award winning
Gerald McBoing-Boing. He has been for many years an honored member of
the Society of Illustrators in New York City. He continues to paint and exhibit in
The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II.
Photographs; III. Miscellaneous; IV. Artwork.
Scope and Content Note
Some of the animation drawings were done for a particular project while others were
done post-production. The collection also contains photographs, printed items
illustrated by Pyle, as well as materials related to his time at the Disney
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
IUCAT, the IU Libraries'
online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by
searching the catalog using these terms.
Animators --United States
Artists --United States
Acquired 2004-2005, 2008.
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[Item], Pyle, W. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington,
Pyle and others
Portraits of Pyle taken by UPA (United Productions of
America) photographer, three 4 x 5", 1948
Pyle seated at drawing board with Lee Morehouse, working on
Bambi, 4 x 5" and 8 x 10" of same
Pyle with Carol Channing and John La Touche in sound studio
for the animated short
directed by Pyle
Snow White party given by Walt Disney, eight 8 x 10", 1938
Snapshots: reproduction of Pyle and his sister, 3.5 x 5",
1918; on beach with Carl Erickson
and others, 4 x 5"
Walt Disney Productions. Employee identification card, issued
Nov. 14, 1938; life
insurance policy, issued Nov. 18,
June 1947, July 1948 and March 1949, with cover illustrations by Pyle;
Toy Values Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 5, Nov. , with article about
Printed. Miscellaneous. Contains invitations to exhibits and
other occasions honoring Pyle and his work, greeting cards illustrated
The animation drawings are arranged alphabetically by title or subject,
followed by several early caricature drawings and the water-colors.
Armed Services films. Three photocopies of model sheets of
Trigger Joe and Chameleon, 1941-1945, two mounted on black board
Bambi. Original drawing of Bambi's
girlfriend in red and black pencil, 20 x 24 cm., on drawing board paper,
signed; drawing of buck in red, blue and black pencil, 23.5 x 30.5 cm.,
on drawing board paper, signed, ca.
Fantasia.Original drawing of young
female centaur in blue and black pencil, 26 x 32 cm., on drawing board
paper, signed; two photographs of model sheets, male Pegasus and male
Gerald McBoing-Boing. Original drawing in black ink, 25.5 x 20
cm., on paper, signed and inscribed to Breon Mitchell
Goofy. Original drawing in blue and black pencil, 26 x 32 cm., on
drawing board paper, signed in pencil
Pinocchio. Three original drawings
of Pinocchio: in red pencil, 26.5 x 31.5 cm., on drawing board paper,
signed in pencil; in blue and black pencil, 25.5 x 32 cm., on drawing
board paper, signed in pencil; in blue and black pencil, 16.5 x 13.5
cm., on drawing paper; photograph of model sheet of "kid suggestions";
35mm filmstrip of Jiminy Cricket
The Popcorn Story. Original
drawing of Wilbur in blue and black pencil, 26 x 31.5 cm
Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical
Two drawings in blue and black pencil, on drawing
board paper, signed in pencil: Raggedy Ann, 26.5 x 31.5 cm.; Raggedy
Andy, 26.5 x 31.5 cm. ca.
Ragtime Bear (aka
Strike up the Banjo). Two photocopies of
drawings of Ragtime Bear and Mr. Magoo; photocopy of model sheet of
various characters, signed
Snow White. Original drawing of
one of the seven dwarfs in blue pencil, 26.5 x 32 cm., on drawing board
paper, signed in pencil; original drawing of Doc in black ink with
additional black ink drawings of horses and a figure, 26.5 x 32
Early caricature drawings in pencil: profile of male wearing
beanie smoking cigarette, undated; 12.5 x 7 cm.; standing male figure with hand in
pocket, 1925, 16 x 9 cm.
Water-color of horses, 23 x 30.5 cm.; water-colors of nudes, two
matted paintings, 30.5 x 40.5 cm. each