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Mary Newell DePalma Papers

Identifier: 2011-0116

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of correspondence, books, clippings, sketches, photographs, postcards, manuscript materials and notes, publications, fliers, financial records, and dummies and other materials related to Ms. DePalma's creative process for several of her titles, such as My Chair, The Strange Egg, Many Millions of Leaves (working title for A Grand Old Tree)


  • Creation: 1995-2008


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

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.


Mary Newell DePalma is the author/illustrator of several children’s books and the illustrator of more than a dozen books for other authors. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mary is the second oldest of seven. She and her four brothers and two sisters attended Cathedral Grade School, within walking distance of the Carnegie Library, Museum of Art and Museum of Natural History. Mary attended Gloria Casey’s Saturday art classes at the Museum throughout grade school, and pre-college summer sessions at Carnegie Mellon University where she particularly enjoyed Arnold Bank’s calligraphy class. She began freelance work in high school, earning money lettering invitations and signs, and knitting sweaters for a local designer.

Mary has a BFA in Medical Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology, where she also became an interpreter for the deaf. After a short stint as an engrosser in Chicago, Mary worked as a freelance medical, editorial, educational, advertising, children’s book, and semi-technical illustrator.

Mary gives presentations about the creative process in grades pre-K through high school and has taught several semesters of Picture Book Illustration at the New England School of Art and Design/Suffolk University. Intrigued by their use of Visual Thinking Strategies, Mary trained as a Museum Teacher at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and then joined their staff as gifts processor. Mary and her husband Alphonse have two children, Kepley and Alphonse. They live in Boston, Massachusetts.


4.6 Linear Feet

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The collection includes the materials used to create several of Ms. DePalma's works, such as My Chair, The Strange Egg, Many Millions of Leaves, A Grand Old Tree, The Perfect Gift, and The Nutcracker Doll.


The collection is arranged in three boxes a single series with a box inventory.

Provenance and Acquisition

The collection was donated by Ms. DePalma in 2011.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to children's literature and associated artwork. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.


For complete information on the works of Mary Newell DePalma, please see her website at
Mary Newell DePalma Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2011 December
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Repository Details

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

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