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Aliki papers

CLRC.ALIKI

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:
Aliki
Title:
Aliki papers
Date [inclusive]:
1962-1975
Call Number:
CLRC.ALIKI
Extent:
72 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Aliki papers (1962-1975) consist of a book, color separations, dummies, illustrations, and text layouts for five of the children's books she illustrated: Averages,  Birds at Night,  My Five Senses,  The Story of William Penn, and  This is the House Where Jack Lives.
Cite as:
[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], Aliki papers,1962-1975, Free Library of Philadelphia, Children’s Literature Research Collection.
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Biography/History

Aliki Liacouras was born on September 3, 1929 in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey to Greek immigrant parents. Aliki graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art in 1951. She then worked as a freelance advertising and display artist. She also taught classes in art and ceramics, worked as a muralist, and started a greeting card company. She married children’s author Franz Brandenberg in 1957. Her first book, The Story of William Tell, was published in 1960. She has written and illustrated many books herself and illustrated the books of other authors, including her husband. She is known for her nonfiction work including biographies, history, and science. In 1977, she moved to England with her family.

Bibliography

Children’s Literature Review, vol. 71.

Something About the Author, vol. 157.

"Aliki Brandenberg," Wikipedia, accessed December 19, 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliki_Brandenberg.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a book, color separations, dummies, illustrations, sketches, and text layouts by the children's book illustrator Aliki. Five books are represented: Averages,  Birds at Night,  My Five Senses,  The Story of William Penn, and  This is the House Where Jack Lives. Two of the books,  My Five Senses and  The Story of William Penn, were also written by Aliki.

For four of the titles, the complete sets of final art and color separations are present ( The Story of William Penn includes much, but not all, of the final art). Additionally, there are dummies with detailed illustrations for  Birds at Night and  My Five Senses, and preliminary sketches and designs for various titles. Some of the front matter and jacket copy for Aliki's books is included, as well as the first published edition of  This Is the House Where Jack Lives, but the bulk of the collection is Aliki's illustrations.

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in five series alphabetically by title: I. Averages; II. Birds at Night; III. My Five Sense; IV. The Story of William Penn; V. This Is the House Where Jack Lives. Within each series, materials are arranged in probable order of creation.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection,  April 2012

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Lindsay Friedman and Caitlin Goodman

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 for information on access.

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 Aliki, 1967-1993.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

California State University: Aliki Brandenberg Papers, ANC0002.

University of Minnesota: Aliki Brandenberg Papers, 1961-1998, CLRC-1162.

University of Southern Mississippi: Aliki Brandenberg Papers, 1962-1986, DG0110.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Books
  • Color separation positives
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Dummies (printed matter)
  • Illustrations
  • Sketches
  • Watercolors (paintings)
Personal Name(s)
  • Aliki
  • Gans, Roma, 1894-1996
  • Heilbroner, Joan
  • Srivastava, Jane Jonas
Subject(s)
  • Children's authors--20th century
  • Children's literature--20th century
  • Illustrated children's books--20th century
  • Illustration of books--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Averages, 1975.

Box Folder
Complete set of final art and color separations with text pasted in, graphite and pen and ink on acetate and tracing paper pasted to paper, 105 sheets.
Scope and Contents note

Folder includes notes from the author, Jane Jonas Srivastana, with printing instructions and a memo from Harriett Barton at the Thomas Y. Crowell Company.

5 6-27

Folded and gathered sheets.

5 1

Birds at Night, 1968.

Box Folder

Dummy with graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor illustrations and text pasted in, 42 pages.

4 1

Complete set of final art and color separations with text pasted in, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on paper with pen and ink on acetate overlays, 62 sheets.

1 1-19
Front matter and jacket copy.
Scope and Contents note

Includes a memo from the publisher, Thomas Y. Crowell Company.

5 5

My Five Senses, 1962.

Box Folder

Dummy with acrylic, crayon, and pen and ink illustrations and text pasted in, 40 pages.

4 2

Complete set of final art and color separations with text pasted on, acrylic, collage of cut paper, conte crayon, and pen and ink on paper, with pen and ink on acetate overlays, 42 sheets.

6 2-21

Spot illustration for “About the Author-Illustrator,” pen and ink on paper, 1 sheet.

5 2

Unused illustration of a boy, pen and ink on paper, 1 sheet.

5 3

Text for copyright page and half-title.

6 1

The Story of William Penn, 1964.

Box Folder

Sketches of Charles II, pen and ink on vellum paper, 2 sheets.

4 3

Preliminary art, two versions of page 13, pen and ink and watercolor on paper, 2 sheets.

4 3

Preliminary art for page 21, pen and ink and watercolor on vellum paper, 1 sheet.

4 3

Final art for book jacket, pen and ink and watercolor on paper with pen and ink on vellum paper overlay, 2 sheets.

4 5

Final art for title page, pen and ink and watercolor on paper with text pasted on acetate overlay, 2 sheets.

4 4

Final art for title page lettering, pen and ink on paper, 1 sheet.

4 5
Final art, pen and ink and watercolor on paper, 10 sheets.
Scope and Contents note

This folder includes final art for pages 3, 4-5, 11, 12-13, 16-17, 19, 20-21, 23, 24-25, and 32 .

4 4-5

Unused illustrations of William Penn’s wife, pen and ink and watercolor on paper and watercolor on acetate pasted to proof, 3 sheets.

4 3

This Is the House Where Jack Lives, 1962.

Box Folder

Preliminary lettering for cover and title page, colored pencil and pen and ink on tracing paper, 2 sheets.

5 4

Complete set of final art and color separations with text pasted on, pen and ink and watercolor on board with pen and ink on acetate overlays, 170 sheets.

2

3

2-26

1-6

Text and lettering on acetate.

3 7
First published edition.
Scope and Contents note

CLRC archival copy: Donated by Aliki. Housed with archival colllection.

2 1