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Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Materials are in English.
Collection consists primarily of original art, writings and book design materials for six children's books written and illustrated by Polly Cameron. Includes also children's fan letters, art and cards sent to Cameron.
This collection is open for research.
Artist and children's author, Polly Cameron, 1928-2000, was born in Walnut Creek, California; attended Phoenix College in Arizona and the University of California, Santa Barbara, but left before graduating to return to Arizona were she became an advertising and display manager in Phoenix and a year later director of theatre publicity in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After traveling through Europe for three years, during which time she did editorial layout and illustration for Elle Magazine and advertising and promotional design for nightclubs, a shipping company and department stores, Cameron returned to New York and became a free-lance graphic designer. One of her design projects was for publisher Coward-McCann and while under contract there she wrote and illustrated her first children's book The Cat Who Thought He Was a Tiger, which Coward McCann then published.
In addition to both writing and illustrating seven children's books, Cameron also illustrated Rufus the Red-Necked Hornbill, written by Patricia Lauber (1958), and wrote The Green Machine, illustrated by Consuelo Joerns (1969). All of her works have been published by Coward-McCann and several of them were designed by her as well. She won the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award for outstanding book design for A Child's Book of Nonsense and "I Can't" Said the Ant received the American Library Association Notable Book Award in 1961.
Organized into the following series: I. Books; II. Personal; III. Graphic Design Work.
Books include original manuscripts and illustrations by Polly Cameron. Personal files include fan letters written by children, as well as Cameron’s financial records.
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Completed in 2013
Arranged alphabetically by title.
Manuscript, original art, proofs, marketing materials (2 folders)
Manuscript, original art, book production and marketing materials (3 folders)
Art, book production materials (2 folders)
Manuscript, art, proofs, book production (5 folders)
Manuscript draft, art, book production materials (2 folders)
Manuscript, original art, unbound pages, marketing (3 folders)
Manuscript, art (1 folder)
Largely invoices for graphic design fees
Includes some cost figures
Contains final, printed examples.
Brochures, announcements, sales promotions
Includes greeting cards, Floor Covering Weekly promotions, etc.