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James Marshall Papers

Identifier: 1986-0006

Scope and Content

The collection contains original art, dummies, manuscripts, proofs, and sketchbooks for approximately sixty books and short stories. There is almost no correspondence.

Scope and Contents

All sketchbooks are in box 19 and 20.


  • undated, 1965-1999


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright. Copyright is held by the executor of Mr. Marshall's estate. Contact curator for further information.


James Marshall was born October 10, 1942, in San Antonio, Texas, to George E., an insurance salesman, and Cecille Harrison Marshall. Initially interested in music, he studied viola at the New England Conservatory of Music, 1960-1961, until nerve damage in his hand forced him to quit. Marshall also attended Southern Connecticut State College (B.A., 1967) and Trinity College (1967-1968). In addition, he worked as a French and Spanish teacher at Cathedral High School in Boston, MA (1968-1970). He eventually became an illustrator and author of numerous children's books.

Marshall, who also worked using the pseudonym Edward Marshall, is best known for his series of George and Martha books, in addition to The Stupids, Fox, and Miss Nelson. Furthermore, he has illustrated new versions of many children's classics, including Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In 1989, Marshall received Caldecott Honors from the American Library Association for Goldilocks and the Three Bears. He resided in Mansfield, Connecticut, until his death from a brain tumor on 13 October 1992.


16.6 Linear Feet : ink, watercolor

Language of Materials



The collection contains original art, dummies, manuscripts, proofs and sketchbooks for approximately sixty books and short stories.


Series I: PUBLISHED WORKS, consists of sixteen boxes. The titles are listed in the finding aid chronologically by publication date.

Series II: UNPUBLISHED WORKS, is comprised of two boxes. The titles are arranged chronologically by creation date. In addition, there are a few folders of art for greeting cards and kidstamps and story ideas for the "George and Martha" and "Fox" series. It also contains drawings on acetate for a children's literature class and unidentified color pencil sketches.

Series III: SKETCHBOOKS, consists of two boxes. Partial contents; some pages removed by Marshall from each sketchbook. The sketchbooks are arranged alphabetically by final title of of published works with preliminary title between parenthesis where it appears. They are subsequently followed by sketches for unpublished stories in quotation marks and/or unidentified sketches. The approximate number of pages found for each story/book is given along with their creation date where it appears.

Series IV: PERSONAL PAPERS, is comprised of one box. It contains the Caldecott Honor Book citation Marshall received in 1989, some correspondence, a trip diary, a college notebook and a musicbook.

Series V: 2005 ADDITION, is comprised of two boxes and contains monographs, sketchbooks, clippings, records, photographs and cut-outs.

Custodial History

James Marshall lent part of collection in March 1986 (subsequently converted to a gift in October 1993) and donated additional materials to Archives & Special Collections in January 1991. An additional gift, donated jointly by William Gray and Cecille Marshall to Archives & Special Collections, was received in December 1997.

Related Material

Videocassette (VHS): James Marshall In His Studio. Houghton Mifflin Author and Artist Series, 17 min., Dodd Video 115, Richard Scarry Papers. The Stupids Die (poster).

Separated Material

Two publications, Boston Symphony Orchestra (Eighty-eighth Season 1968-1969, #16) and Playbill (Lucille Lortel Theatre, "Ten by Tennessee", May 19, 1986), and one video have been removed from the collection.

F. Butler and Jim Marshall 12/4/1980 Dodd Video 398

James Marshall Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2010 May
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This finding aid was prepared with generous support from the Simon and Doris Konover Endowment Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US