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Grandpa Harvey

Archives at Yale: Harvey Weiss papers

From Yale about the archive: "The collection consists primarily of artwork and storyboards for books authored and illustrated by Harvey Weiss, as well as correspondence, clippings, printed material, photographs and other material relating to various book projects and several illustrated journals. The collection documents Harvey Weiss's career as a children's illustrator and author, and his process of researching, writing and illustrating books."


Grandpa Harvey also did illustrations for books written by other authors. Some of these include:

Kenny's Monkey by Susan Singer 

The Happy Birthday Umbrella by David Cornel DeJong (he died in 1967)

Olaf Reads by Joan Lexau

Time is When by Beth Gleick

Many books by Miriam Schlein (my grandma)

snac: Social Networks and Archival Context

Awards: "recipient of the New York Herald Tribune Spring Book Festival Honor Book award (1957, 1958, 1961), Ford Foundation purchase awards (1960, 1961), the Olivetti Award (1969), a National Institute of Arts and Letters grant (1970), and a National Sculpture Society grant (1993)."

Born April 10, 1922 in New York City (*where??)

Source cited: Harvey Weiss Papers 1955-1968. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 437297894 (*where can I find this?? contact UM?)

List of museums and universities that have archives of his work (see above link, includes MoMA, University of Minnesota, Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives) (*how can I access these? texted Liv Rousey because she works at MoMA)

Relationship with Maurice Sendak? (*Did they collaborate? Ask Mommy about this.)

Medallic Art Collector

All Creatures Great and Small, 1976

medal with a grasshopper on one side and a blue whale on the other side


"This medal was chosen as the 93rd issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1976."

"The medal contrasts the success and survival of the little grasshopper with the near-extinction of the vast blue whale to emphasize mankind's responsibility to protect and preserve all God's creatures, great and small. Weiss wrote in the medal's brochure that he was inspired by Cecil Frances Alaxander's famous hymn:

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wide and wonderful
The Lord God made them all.

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