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Donald Ewin Cooke papers

CLRC.COOKE

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
Creator:
Cooke, Donald Ewin, 1916-
Title:
Donald Ewin Cooke papers
Date [inclusive]:
1947-1956
Call Number:
CLRC.COOKE
Extent:
1.67 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Donald Cooke was a Philadelphia-area children?s book author and illustrator and the founder of the Edraydo publishing house. The Donald Ewin Cooke papers include original art for Sorcerer?s Apprentice (1947), a character doll and book jacket final art for  The Silver Horn of Robin Hood (1956), and the final art by Henry Clarence Pitz for the  Valley of Rebellion book jacket.
Cite as:
[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], Donald Ewin Cooke papers, circa 1947-1956, Free Library of Philadelphia, Children?s Literature Research Collection.
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Biography/History

Donald Ewin Cooke was born in Philadelphia on August 5, 1916. Other than his time as a correspondent for Yank during World War II, Cooke spent his entire life in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. He studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now University of the Arts) and later worked at a number of Philadelphia publishing houses before founding Edraydo (later Haverford House) in 1960.

Cooke primarily wrote history and historical fiction for older children. He illustrated his own books as well as some adaptations, including Sorcerer?s Apprentice (1947). His illustrations were chiefly pen and ink or watercolor, and Cooke also produced greeting cards and fine art prints. He considered himself an amateur historian and studied American history in order to write books like  The Romance of Capitalism (1958) and  Marvels of American Industry (1962). Cooke published more than twenty books, mostly for Winston Publishing or Hammond World Atlas Corporation. He died in Philadelphia on August 17, 1985.

Bibliography:

?Donald Ewin Cooke.? Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2003.

Something About the Author, vol. 2.

Scope and Contents

The Donald Ewin Cooke papers consist of lettering and twelve pen and ink illustrations for Sorcerer?s Apprentice (1947), a character doll and book jacket final art for  The Silver Horn of Robin Hood (1956), and the final art by Henry Clarence Pitz for the  Valley of Rebellion book jacket.

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in three series, alphabetically by title: 1. The Silver Horn of Robin Hood; 2. Sorcerer's Apprentice; and 3. Valley of Rebellion: A Story of America's First Armed Revolt Against British Authority. Within each series, illustrations are arranged in the order in which they appear in the published book.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Garrett Boos

Sponsor

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources? ?Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives? Project.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers by appointment; please contact the Curator.

Use Restrictions

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Donald Ewin Cooke, 1958-1976.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

University of Minnesota: Donald Edwin Cooke Papers, 1955-1956, CLRC-1231.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Character dolls
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Illustrations
  • Watercolors (paintings)
Personal Name(s)
  • Cooke, Donald Ewin, 1916-
  • Pitz, Henry Clarence, 1895-1976
Subject(s)
  • Children's authors--20th century
  • Children's literature--20th century
  • Illustrated children's books--20th century
  • Illustration of books--20th century
  • Robin Hood (Legendary character)

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Collection Inventory

The Silver Horn of Robin Hood, 1956.

Object
Final art for book jacket, pen and ink and watercolor on paper.
General note

Housed with Children's Literature Research Collection original framed artwork.

1
Box

Character doll of Robin Hood, circa 1956.

2

Sorcerer's Apprentice, 1947.

Box Folder

Final art for end papers, pen and ink on board.

1 1
Object
Final art for title page and pages 13 and 17, pen and ink on board.
General note

Housed with Children's Literature Research Collection original framed artwork.

2
Box Folder

Preliminary lettering for page 2, pen and ink on board.

1 2

Final art for pages 3, 7, 14, 15, and 30, pen and ink on board.

1 3

Final art for page 5, pen and ink on board.

1 4

Final art for page 23, pen and ink on board.

1 5

Final art for page 25, pen and ink on board.

1 6

Final art for page 27, pen and ink on board.

1 7

Final art for page 31, pen and ink on board.

1 8

Final art for page 35, pen and ink on board.

1 9

Final art for pages 37 and 55, pen and ink on board.

1 10
Object

Final art for pages 43 and 49, pen and ink on board.

3
Box Folder

Final art for pages 45 and 53, pen and ink on board.

1 11

Valley of Rebellion: A Story of America's First Armed Revolt Against British Authority, 1955.

Box Folder

Final art for book jacket, gouache on board.

1 12