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Cyndy Szekeres Papers

Identifier: 1997-0078

Scope and Content

The Cyndy Szekeres Papers consist mainly of correspondence, artwork, and publishing materials for over two dozen Cyndy Szekeres titles, dating from 1961 to the 1980s. The collection also includes pieces from later dates. The collection includes both preliminary and finished artwork, dummies, separations, and proofs, as well as typescripts for select titles.


  • Creation: 1961-2004


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Cyndy Szekeres (pronounced "zeck-er-es") was born 31 October 1933, the daughter of a toolmaker, Stephen Szekeres, and his wife Anna Ceplousky Szekeres. In 1954, Szekeres earned a certificate from the Pratt Institute in New York. Szekeres has illustrated over 40 children's books, and is best known for her animal characters. She has also written or compiled and self-illustrated 67 titles. Szekeres won the AIGA Award for her work on Moon Mouse (1969). Szekeres currently lives on a farm in Vermont.


56.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Cyndy Szekeres has illustrated over 40 children's books, and is best known for her animal characters.


The collection contains a single series, arranged alphabetically by book title. Materials are boxed together according to size, but listed in the finding aid according to title.

Series I: children's Literature (undated, 1961-2004) is arranged alphabetically by title.

Acquisition Information

The collection has been donated by the artist in installments beginning in 1991.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of children's literature and artwork. Several of these collections, such as the Richard Scarry Papers, the Ruth Krauss Papers, the Leonard Everett Fisher Papers, and the Joseph A. Smith Papers, present the work of children's authors/illustrators active during the same periods as Szekeres. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

The 329th Friend Dodd Call No. CLC C3654

ABC, 123 Dodd Call No. CLC 361

ABC Picture Alphabet for Use Ones Dodd Call No. CLC D367

All By Himslef Dodd Call No. CLC 1867

Animal ABC Book Dodd Call No. CLC C1907

Animal Antics Dodd Call No. WPZ 149

Animal and Bird in Picture and Word Dodd Call No. CLC D3640

Animal Children: the Friends of the Forest and the Plain Dodd Call No. CLC C999

Animal Friends Dodd Call No. CLC C1896

The Animal Story Book Dodd Call No. CLC A790

Animals I Know Dodd Call No. CLC D368

Art in the Nursery Dodd Call No. CLC A785

Argentaybee and the Boonies Dodd Call No.

Baby Animals and Birds Dodd Call No. CLC D369

Baby's First Book Dodd Call No. CLC D370

Baby Picture Primer Dodd Call No. CLC C1894

Bashful Ballads Dodd Call No. CLC A787

The Bashful Earthquake & Other Fables and Verses Dodd Call No. CLC A808

Beasts of the Field Dodd Call No. CLC A811

Bible ABC Book Dodd Call No. CLC C1898

Bird Stories for Little People Dodd Call No. CLC C1883

Black Beauty Dodd Call No. Black Beauty 448

Bonny Birds Dodd Call No. CLC C1888

Book of Cats and Dogs Dodd Call No. CLC A789

Book of Humor Dodd Call No. CLC 1886

A Book of Kitties Dodd Call No. CLC D363

Bounce, the Study of a Kitten Dodd Call No. CLC C1881

Bunny Babies Dodd Call No. CLC C1895

Brian's Secret Errand Dodd Call No.

Brimhall Comes to Stay Dodd Call No. CLC B126

Careless Jane, and Other Tales Dodd Call No. CLC A805

A Christmas Party Dodd Call No. CLC C3644

Goodbye, Hello Dodd Call No. A 2329

Good Night Orange Monster Dodd Call No. CLC C3642

Great Grandmother Cat Tales Dodd Call No. CLC A2171

Gus and Buster Work Things Out Dodd Call No. CLC A2328

The Hollow Tree Dodd Call No. CLC B511, CLC A2144, Babbidge Library PZ 10 .3 P16 Ha

Hurray for Pippa! Dodd Call No. CLC A2325

Little Chick's Story Dodd Call No. CLC A2322

Little Richard Dodd Call No. CLC A2320

Macaroni Dodd Call No. CLC C3640

Maybe, a Mole Dodd Call No. CLC A2323

More about Waggy Dodd Call No. CLC A2319

Mrs. Updaisy Dodd Call No. CLC A2321

Mystery in the Night Woods Dodd Call No. CLC A2326

My Workbook Diary Dodd Call No. CLC C3645

Night Noises and other Mole and Troll stories Dodd Call No. CLC C3646

No! No! Dodd Call No. CLC A2522

Pippa Pops Out! Dodd Call No. CLC A2324

The Snowed-In Book Dodd Call No. CLC B383/A2381

Waggy and his Friends Dodd Call No. CLC A2318

Walter, the lazy mouse Dodd Call No. CLC C3643

What Can You Do Without a Place to Play Dodd Call No. CLC C3641

Who Will Believe Tom Kitten? Dodd Call No. CLC A2327

The Workbook Diary Dodd Call No. CLC C3645

3 photographs.

1 audiotape.


Cyndy Szekeres Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2005 January
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Repository Details

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

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