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Guide to the Ruth Robinson Carroll Papers 1913-1962

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Carroll, Ruth, 1899-
Title: Ruth Robinson Carroll Papers
Dates: 1913-1962
Quantity: 1.6 cubic ft (6 boxes)
Abstract: Memory book of Ruth Robinson, 1913-1918; drawings, sketches, and manuscript drafts of Ruth and Latrobe Carroll's children's books, 1934-1962, including BOUNCE AND THE BUNNIES, SCUFFLES, OLD MRS. BILLUPS AND THE BLACK CATS, WHERE'S THE BUNNY?, and WHERE'S THE KITTY?; and drafts and published versions of the article "Through the World of Silence," 1950.
Forms of Materials: Drawings, manuscripts, drafts, and sketches.

Biographical Note

Ruth Robinson, writer, artist, and illustrator of children's books, was born in Lancaster, NY in 1899, where she formed an early interest in art. She majored in Art at Vassar and after graduation in 1922 continued her studies at the Art Students League and with private instructors. In 1928 she married Latrobe Carroll, an editor. Dissatisfied with sales of her paintings, she decided to turn her talents to illustrating animal stories for children. Sharing their Greenwich Village apartment with a series of models such as Puddles, a rabbit, Ruth Robinson Carroll published such children's books as Bounce the Bunnies and Chimp and Chump.

In 1934 Mr. Carroll quit his editorial work and began collaborationg with his wife. The Carrolls were attracted to the landscape and people of Appalachia and in 1950 moved to North Carolina. Rural life in the Great Smokies region inspired a series of books about a mountain family, the Tatums, and their animals. In 1964 From the Appalachians, a portfolio of paintings and drawings by Mrs. Carroll, was published with an introduction by her husband. The Carrolls collaborated on a number of books, including Luck of Roll and Go, Scruffles, Tough Enough, Runaway Pony, and The Picnic Bear.

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Scope and Content Note

Memory book of Ruth Robinson, 1913-1918; drawings, sketches, and manuscript drafts of Ruth and Latrobe Carroll's children's books, 1934-1962, including BOUNCE AND THE BUNNIES, SCUFFLES, OLD MRS. BILLUPS AND THE BLACK CATS, WHERE'S THE BUNNY?, and WHERE'S THE KITTY?; and drafts and published versions of the article "Through the World of Silence," 1950.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Carroll, Latrobe.
  • Robinson, Ruth, 1899-

Subjects:

  • Children's literature--Women authors.
  • Illustrated books, Children's.
  • Illustrators.
  • Women authors, American.

Document Types:

  • Drawings.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, November 2006.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ruth Robinson Carroll Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ruth Robinson Carroll.

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Series List

Series I. Bounce and the Bunnies. New York: Harcourt, 1934 (Box 1)

Series II. Scruffles. London: Oxford University Press, 1943 (Box 1)

Series III. Old Mrs. Billups and the Black Cats. NY: Henry Z. Walck, 1961 (Boxes 2-3)

Series IV. Where's the Bunny? NY: Oxford University Press, 1950 (Boxes 3-5)

Series V. Where's the Kitty? NY: Henry Z. Walck, [1962] (Boxes 5-6)

Series VI. Miscellaneous (Box 6)

Container List

Bounce and the Bunnies. New York: Harcourt, 1934.

Folders 1.1-1.5 Original drawings and color separation tracings

Scruffles. London: Oxford University Press, 1943.

Folder 1.6 Dummy

Old Mrs. Billups and the Black Cats. NY: Henry Z. Walck, 1961.

Folder 2.7 Drafts 1-2
Folder 2.8 Draft 3
Folder 2.9 Draft 4
Folder 2.10 Draft 5
Folder 2.11 Draft 6
Folder 2.12 Draft 7, with criticism by Latrobe "Toby" Carroll
Folder 2.13 Manuscript sent to publisher
Folder 2.14 Dummy
Folder 3.15 Preliminary sketches
Folder 3.16 Discarded sketches
Folder 3.17 Drawings
Folder 3.18 Gathering

Where's the Bunny? NY: Oxford University Press, 1950

Folder3.19 Drafts
Folder 3.20 Discarded sketches
Folder 3.21 Dummy
Folders 4.22-4.25 Illustrations
Folders 5.26-5.27 Illustrations

Where's the Kitty? NY: Henry Z. Walck, [1962]

Folder 5.28 Discarded sketches
Folder 5.29 Sketches for final finished drawing
Folder 5.30 Final drawings [?]
Folder 5.31 Dummy
Folder 6.32 Drafts
Folder 6.33 Proof sheet
Folder 6.34 Drafts of article "Through the World of Silence"

Miscellaneous

Folder 6.35 "Through the World of Silence", The Horn Book, Sept-Oct 1950
Folder 6.36 Watercolor by Carroll of Vassar College Students Building, 1920
Folder 6.37 "Memory Book" of Ruth Robinson, 1913-1918
Box 6 Autographed broadside of Runaway Pony, Runaway Dog, by Ruth & Latrobe Carroll

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