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Trina Schart Hyman papers

Identifier: Coll 065

Scope and Contents note

The Trina Schart Hyman Papers comprise illustrations, and some texts, for 35 children's books published from 1965 to 1981. The collection also includes 14 greeting cards and 25 fable cards designed by Ms. Hyman, as well as miscellaneous artwork.

The illustrations and texts are grouped by book and arranged alphabetically by book title. For each title, illustrations are in order as they appear in the book and are identified by page, or chapter number and first words of corresponding text. Where the text is unavailable, the illustrations are briefly described. In only a few cases are there materials representing the entire publishing process, from initial dummy sketches to finished book. In most cases the collection does not include the complete set of finished drawings; some books are represented only by one or two drawings. In cases where there are more materials than simply the finished illustrations, the arrangement shows the progression of the book from start to finish. The order used is: 1) notes from publisher; advertising materials, 2) jacket sketch (draft of dust cover), 3) dummy (illustrator's sketches or copies of final illustrations in book format), 4) reproduction proofs or proof sheets of finished illustrations and/or text, 5) dust jacket, 6) finished book, 7) illustrations for book, including jacket, title page and frontispiece illustrations. Ms. Hyman does not make preliminary sketches, but does most of her work on the finished drawing. The illustrations are drawn in pencil and pen and ink, or acrylics and watercolor on the few color illustrations. The drawings are on light board and heavy paper (with "a certain lack of flexibility" distinguishing the two) and on acetate. Notes by Ms. Hyman regarding her work can be found on some of the drawings for The Ghost Next Door (p. 124), The Man Who Loved Books (jacket sketch), The Watchers (map), and Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? (dummy), and on the miscellaneous piece of writing in Box 6, Folder 2. Even the casual observer will note a distinct change in drawing style over time, as Ms. Hyman moves away from stylized illustrations and develops a warmer and more realistic style.

Following the illustrations are the greeting cards and fable cards (both finished products), and the miscellaneous artwork.


  • 1965-1981


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

Trina Schart Hyman, a leading illustrator of books for children, was born in 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her training at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art (1956-1959) and the Boston Museum School of the Arts. (1959-1960). She also studied in Stockholm at the Swedish State Art School (Konstfackskolan, 1960-1961). In Sweden she illustrated her first book, Toffe och den lilla Bilen (1961. Not in this collection). Since then she has illustrated numerous children's books for such authors as Carol Ryrie Brink, Paul Tripp, Eleanor Clymer, and Jean Fritz. Ms. Hyman is both author and illustrator for two books, How Six Found Christmas and Self-portrait: Trina Schart Hyman (Addison-Wesley). She has also retold Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood.

From September, 1973 to March, 1979, Ms. Hyman was the art director of Cricket, a children's magazine. Since April, 1979 she has served as a staff artist. In 1973, Ms. Hyman won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for her illustrations in King Stork (not in this collection) and in 1984 her Little Red Riding Hood was a Caldecott Honor book. Ms. Hyman lives in a farmhouse in Lyme, New Hampshire; she has one daughter, Katrin.


4.75 linear feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials



Trina Schart Hyman is an artist and illustrator of children's books. The collecion includes original illustrations, literary manuscripts, greeting cards, and miscellaneous materials.

Other Finding Aids note

Paper finding aid with additional information available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Trina Schart Hyman in 1980.

General Physical Description note

6 containers

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Molly Taylor, Manuscripts Processor.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA