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Maud and Miska Petersham illustrations

Identifier: Ax 534

Scope and Contents note

Collection comprises children's book and other illustrations by artists Maud and Miska Petersham, including illustrations from The American ABC, Off to Bed, and When I Grow Up. Collection also includes galley proofs of The American ABC and a rough dummy of Off to Bed


  • 1930-1958


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

Born September 20, 1888 in Hungary, Miska Petersham came to the U.S. in 1912. He met Maud Fuller (born August 5, 1890) when both were working for the advertising agency International Art Service in New York, and they were married in 1917. Their first book was published in 1929, and they went on to have lengthy careers as authors and illustrators of children's books. They won the Caldecott Medal in 1946 for The Rooster Crows: A Book of Children's Rhymes and Jingles. Miska Petersham died May 15, 1960. Maud Petersham died November 29, 1971.


0.5 linear feet (1 container)

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Collection comprises illustrations by artists Maud and Miska Petersham for children's books, including The American ABC, Off to Bed and When I Grow Up, as well as related galley proofs and mock-ups.

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Collection is arranged by title of work.

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Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA