Guide to the Ruth Robinson Carroll Papers 1913-1962
Table of Contents
- Collection Summary
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Subject Headings
- Administrative Information
- Access and Use
- Encoding Information
- Series List
- Container List
|Repository:||Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries|
|Creator:||Carroll, Ruth, 1899-|
|Title:||Ruth Robinson Carroll Papers|
|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.|
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.
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.
This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.
- Carroll, Latrobe.
- Robinson, Ruth, 1899-
- Children's literature--Women authors.
- Illustrated books, Children's.
- Women authors, American.
Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, November 2006.
Ruth Robinson Carroll Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.
Original processing date unknown.
Gift of Ruth Robinson Carroll.
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,  (Boxes 5-6)
Series VI. Miscellaneous (Box 6)
|Folders 1.1-1.5||Original drawings and color separation tracings|
|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 3.15||Preliminary sketches|
|Folder 3.16||Discarded sketches|
|Folder 3.20||Discarded sketches|
|Folder 5.28||Discarded sketches|
|Folder 5.29||Sketches for final finished drawing|
|Folder 5.30||Final drawings [?]|
|Folder 6.33||Proof sheet|
|Folder 6.34||Drafts of article "Through the World of Silence"|
|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|