Munro Leaf papers

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Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
Call Number
FLP.RBD.LEAF
Creator
Leaf, Munro, 1905-1976
Title
Munro Leaf papers
Date [inclusive]
1918-1986
Extent
15.46 Linear feet
Language
English
Language Note
Materials are primarily in English with some international news clippings in Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Malay, Polish, Russian, and Turkish.
Abstract
This collection contains the literary papers of author and illustrator Munro Leaf (1905-1976), with materials dating from 1918 to 1986. Manuscript drafts and illustrations from fifty-eight titles are represented (including fourteen titles produced as part of his work for the US Army and the Foreign Service). In addition to graphite and pen and ink illustrations and manuscript drafts, the collection includes audiovisual materials, clippings, correspondence, dummies, ephemera, photographs, promotional materials, proofs, published volumes, and a scrapbook. Of particular note: the original manuscript for The Story of Ferdinand (1936) as well as a sizeable collection of materials related to the book and its many adaptations; both published and unpublished art and drafts for the Can Be Fun series; and a large quantity of materials related to Munro Leaf’s Watchbirds, serialized in Ladies Home Journal and published in six compilations.
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[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], Munro Leaf papers, 1918-1986, Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department.

Munro Leaf was born in Hamilton, Maryland on December 4, 1905, and grew up in Washington, D.C. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Maryland and M.A. from Harvard University, Leaf first worked as an English teacher (including a stint at the Montgomery School, which was at that time a boys prep school in Wynnewood) before moving to New York City with his wife, Margaret, in 1932. His first city job was as a manuscript reader at Bobbs-Merrill, but within the year he had moved to the F.A. Stokes Company where he remained an editor and a director until leaving to write full-time in 1939.

Leaf’s first book, Grammar Can Be Fun, was the first in a long series of “Can Be Fun” books written and illustrated by Leaf. It was published by Stokes in 1934 and included his “scratchy pencil indications of what the artist was supposed to draw.” That same year Leaf published Lo, the Poor Indian under the pseudonym Mun, but tended to leave it out when recounting his career. Leaf’s most lasting recognition was for writing The Story of Ferdinand, published in 1936 and illustrated by his friend Robert Lawson. Leaf wrote Ferdinand for Lawson, who had been disappointed with his lack of creative freedom as an illustrator. In 1938, Disney’s short-film animated adaptation “Ferdinand the Bull” was released to enormous fanfare and merchandising opportunities; Leaf was known to wryly comment that the hit movie made Leaf, Lawson, and their publisher Viking Press a grand total of $800 split three ways. Another big hit came in 1937 when Leaf collaborated with Ludwig Bemelmans, best known for writing and illustrating Madeleine (1939) and its sequels, on the book Noodle, inspired by Hendrik Van Loon’s dachshund.

Although Leaf is best remembered as an author of children’s books, much of his life was spent working for the United States government. Leaf enlisted in the Army in 1942 and collaborated with Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) on a War Department health pamphlet on malaria, “This Is Ann,” although neither Leaf nor Geisel were credited. After leaving the Army in 1946, Leaf returned to the State Department as a Specialist in 1960, traveling with his wife on Foreign Service lecture tours throughout Europe and Asia. Many of his children’s books of this period were directed towards explaining (and fighting) Communism and promoting world peace. Throughout his career, Leaf was highly regarded for his “chalk talks” to schoolchildren both in his home in Andover and around the world. Although he is perhaps most well-known for his collaborations with Lawson, Leaf was a prolific illustrator of what he called his “stick figures.” He acknowledged that “I can’t draw and I never said I could. I think I am equal to a five-year-old, if he did not go to a progressive school.” Leaf published more than fifty books, most as author and illustrator, and many remain in print and widely read today.

Bibliography:

Children’s Literature Review, vol. 25.

Leaf, Munro. “Just for Fun.” Publishers Weekly Volume 130: 1975.

Something About the Author, vol. 20.

This collection contains the literary papers of author and illustrator Munro Leaf. Fifty-eight titles (both published and unpublished) are represented, most notably manuscript drafts and illustrations from Leaf’s long-running Can Be Fun series, the original handwritten draft of The Story of Ferdinand (1936), an early draft of Noodle (1937), and a large pastel drawing of Noodle by the book’s illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans, inscribed to Munro and Margaret Leaf. Also of interest are Leaf’s Watchbird cartoons and related materials, serialized in the Ladies' Home Journal and published in six compilations, and materials from his time in the Army during World War II and as a specialist for the United States Information Agency and Foreign Service. The collection dates between 1918 and 1983 (bulk 1936-1976) and includes audiotapes, blueline proofs, books, correspondence, clippings, drafts, a filmstrip, galley proofs, government memoranda, illustrations (primarily in graphite and pen and ink, but also in colored pencil, gouache, marker, and pastel), typescripts, photographs, promotional materials, and a scrapbook from one of Leaf’s lecture tours. There is also a variety of unusual merchandise ephemera from the Walt Disney adaptation “Ferdinand the Bull” (1938), including a charm bracelet, decorative buttons, and quilting squares.

This collection is arranged in seven series: I. Articles, essays, and speeches; II. Book manuscripts and illustrations; III. Clippings, reprints, and scrapbook; IV. Correspondence; V. Promotional materials, photographs, and ephemera; VI. Published volumes; VII. U.S. Army and Foreign Service work.

The first series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

The second series includes forty-four subseries, arranged alphabetically by title. Within it, "The Story of Ferdinand" includes all materials, regardless of format, related to the book and its adaptations. This arrangement most closely approximates Leaf's original order.

The third series includes three subseries: i. Clippings; ii. “Lecture Tour” scrapbook; iii. Reprints. The subseries for the scrapbook preserves Munro Leaf’s original order, while the remaining subseries are arranged chronologically.

The fourth series includes three subseries: i. Fan mail; ii. Personal correspondence; iii. Professional correspondence. The first subseries is arranged alphabetically by folder title, the remaining subseries are arranged chronologically.

The fifth series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

The sixth series is arranged alphabetically by title.

The seventh series includes six subseries: i. Articles and speeches; ii. Correspondence and memoranda; iii. Foreign Service clippings; iv. Itineraries; v. Manuscripts and illustrations; vi. Photographs. The third and fourth subseries are arranged chronologically, with all other subseries arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Publication Information:
Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
Finding Aid Author:
Finding aid prepared by 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 for research use.

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.

Processing Information:

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Margaret Leaf, 1977-1983.

Corporate Name(s)
  • North American Treaty Organization.
  • United States Information Agency.
  • United States. Army.
  • United States. Foreign Service.
  • United States. National Park Service.
  • Walt Disney Productions.
Form/Genre(s)
  • 78 rpm records
  • Audiotapes
  • Bluelines (proofs)
  • Books
  • Brochures
  • Calendars
  • Clippings
  • Color separations
  • Correspondence
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Dummies (printed matter)
  • Ephemera
  • Fables
  • Filmstrips
  • Galley proofs
  • Illustrations
  • Manuscripts
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Photographs
  • Playbills
  • Posters
  • Programs (documents)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Scripts (documents)
  • Sheet music
  • Telegrams
  • Typescripts
Personal Name(s)
  • Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965
  • Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962
  • Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978
  • Hunter, Frances Tipton
  • Lawson, Robert, 1892-1957
  • Leaf, Margaret
  • Leaf, Munro, 1905-1976
  • Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
  • Seuss, Dr.
  • Van Loon, Hendrik Willem, 1882-1944
Subject(s)
  • Children's authors--20th century
  • Children's literature--20th century
  • Drama
  • Illustrated children's books--20th century
  • Illustration of books--20th century
Articles, essays, and speeches Box Folder
Autobiographical sketch, photocopy of typescript, 2 copies, circa 1950-1976 3
1
"The Moppet Looks at Psychiatry," partial manuscript and typescript, circa 1948-1970 3
2
On being childish, typescript, circa 1950-1976 3
3
On laughter in children's books, typescript, 1937 3
4
"The Prose Function of The Tatler," manuscript draft, circa 1926-1931 3
5
"Save Some Time for Books," typescript, 1950 3
6
"Speech for 'Churchman' Award to Bernard Baruch," carbon copy, 1944 3
7
Speech honoring Dean Rusk, typescript and carbon copy, 1968 3
8
Speech for Hubert Humphrey's 1968 Presidential campaign, manuscript draft, 1968 3
9
"Swing Those Tassels," carbon copy, circa 1935-1940 3
10
"What Have You Got to Lose?" manuscript draft and carbon copy, circa 1960-1976 3
11
"When Will I Grow Up?" typescript, circa 1939-1941 3
12
"You're Out to Change the World," manuscript draft, circa 1938-1976 3
13
Book manuscripts and illustrations
Arithmetic Can Be Fun, 1949 Box Folder
Manuscript draft with graphite illustrations 4
1
Partial dummy with graphite illustrations, 16 pages 4
2
Introduction, carbon copy 4
3
Being an American Can Be Fun, 1964 Box Folder
Outline with sketches 4
4
Manuscript draft 4
5
Corrected typescript 4
6
Corrected galley proofs, 2 copies 15
2
Preliminary art for title page, graphite on tracing paper with galley proof attached 15
6
Boo, Who Used to Be Scared of the Dark, 1948 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
7
Typescript and carbon copy 4
8
Small dummy with graphite illustrations, 34 pages 4
9
Bound dummy with graphite illustrations, 42 pages 4
10
"Corn on the Moon", 1947
Play, carbon copy
Fair Play, 1939 Box Folder
Earlier dummy with graphite illustrations, 76 pages 4
12
Partial later dummy with colored pencil on page proof illustrations pasted in, 86 pages 4
13
Preliminary art for title page, colored pencil and graphite on paper 12
1
Partial final art, pen and ink on paper, 11 sheets 12
2
Page proofs of illustrations, 2 items 4
14
"Ferdinand's Fables", circa 1963-1965
"Ferdinand's Fables" was a series of short stories written and illustrated by Munro Leaf. They were serialized in Woman's Day between 1963 and 1965.
"About a Bear and Bedtime", 1965 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
15
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 3 sheets 4
16
"The Beaver Who Borrowed Too Much", 1965 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
17
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 3 sheets 4
18
"Blamers", 1964 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
19
"Butterfly", 1964 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
20
"The Cat Who Wouldn't Eat", 1964 Box Folder
Typescript 4
21
"A Christmas Fable", circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
22
Typescript 4
23
"The Crab Who Wasn't Crabby", 1963 Box Folder
Corrected carbon copy 4
24
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet 4
25
"The Disagreeable Chipmunk", circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
26
Carbon copy 4
27
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet 14
1
"Dog", 1964 Box Folder
Typescript 4
28
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet 4
29
"Elephant", circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
Typescript 4
30
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets 4
31
"Fox", circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
Typescript 4
32
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 3 sheets 4
33
"The Gloomy Gull", circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
34
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets 4
35
"To Knock a Mocking Bird", 1964 Box Folder
Typescript 4
36
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets 4
37
"The Pigeon Who Was Afraid of the Dark", 1965 Box Folder
Carbon copy 4
38
"The Possum Who Pretended", circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
39
Carbon copy 4
40
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 3 sheets 4
41
"The Rabbit Who Talked Too Much", circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
42
Carbon copy 4
43
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets 4
44
"Skunk", circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
45
"Some Kids Who Didn't Think", 1964 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
46
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet 14
2
"The Squirrel Who Put Things Off", 1965 Box Folder
Carbon copy 4
47
Illustrations, pen and ink on board, 1 sheet 14
3
"The Story of a Stubborn Robin", 1963 Box Folder
Corrected carbon copy 4
48
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet 14
4
"Swan", circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 4
49
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets 4
50
"Under the Cork Tree", circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
"Hail and Farewell," typescript 4
51
On juvenile delinquency, typescript 4
51
Illustrations for unidentified fables, circa 1963-1965 Box Folder
Illustrations of birds, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets 4
52
Illustrations of birds, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet 4
52
Illustrations of cats and dogs, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet 4
52
Illustration of Ferdinand writing a fable, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet 4
52
"Willie Won't Try," pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet 4
52
Freddy Forgot, circa 1940-1970 Box Folder
Earlier manuscript draft 4
53
Later manuscript draft 4
54
Carbon copies, 2 sets 4
55
Geography Can Be Fun, 1951 Box Folder
Manuscript draft with graphite illustrations 5
1
Partial final art, graphite on paper and tracing paper, 18 sheets 14
5
Printer's proof of pages 32 and 33 14
6
Gordon the Goat, 1968 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 5
2
Grammar Can Be Fun, 1934 Box Folder
Preliminary art for cover, pen and ink and watercolor on construction paper, 2 sheets 5
3
Preliminary art for page 8, pen and ink and watercolor on tracing paper, 1 sheet 5
4
Gwendolyn the Goose, 1946 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 5
5
History Can Be Fun, 1950 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 5
6
How to Behave and Why, 1955 Box Folder
Manuscript draft with graphite illustrations 5
7
Corrected typescript 5
8
I Hate You, I Hate You, 1968 Box Folder
Manuscript outline and draft 5
9
Preliminary sketches, marker and pen and ink on paper, 10 sheets 5
10
Complete set of final art, marker and pen and ink on paper, 51 sheets 5
11
John Henry Davis, 1940 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 5
12
Page proof for potential endpapers 5
13
Partial final art, graphite and marker on paper, 13 sheets 5
14
Let's Do Better, 1945 Box Folder
Manuscript outline and draft 5
15
Partial typescript and revised carbon copy 5
16
Dummy with colored pencil and graphite illustrations, 17 pages 5
17
Preliminary art for pages 6 and 7, graphite and pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets 14
7
Final art for cover and spine lettering, ink on paper pasted to board, 2 sheets 14
8
Partial final art, graphite and pen and ink on paper, 34 sheets 14
9
Hand-colored printer's proofs, 13 sheets 14
10
Lo, the Poor Indian, 1934 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 5
18
Preliminary art for cover, graphite, marker, and pen and ink on paper, 1 sheet 5
19
Lucky You, 1955 Box Folder
Manuscript draft with graphite illustrations and page layouts 5
20
Manners Can Be Fun, 1936 Box Folder
Dummy with graphite and pen and ink illustrations, 66 pages 5
21
Partial final art, pen and ink on paper, 9 sheets 12
3
Metric Can Be Fun!, 1976 Box Folder
Manuscript notes and early draft with pen and ink illustrations 5
22
Intermediate draft, photocopy 5
23
Corrected typescript 5
24
Galley proofs and revised galley proofs, 3 sets 15
3
Blueline proofs, 63 pages 5
25
Preliminary sketches, marker and pen and ink on paper, 25 sheets 15
4
Final art for book cover, page proof pasted to layout board with brown, magenta, and yellow color separations, and tracing paper overlay with notes, 6 sheets 15
5
Final page proofs pasted to layout board, 32 sheets 15
6
Unused illustration of a dog on a ruler, oil pastel and pen and ink on paper, 1 sheet 15
7
Nancy and Beth Are Sisters, circa 1945-1970 Box Folder
Manuscript draft with graphite illustrations 16
1
Nice Try, circa 1947-1960 Box Folder
Manuscript notes 5
26
Manuscript outline 16
2
Play, earlier manuscript draft 16
3
Play, later manuscript draft 5
27
Noodle, 1937 Box Drawer Folder
Manuscript draft 5
  28
Unused illustration of Noodle and the dog fairy, inscribed to Munro Leaf by Ludwig Bemelmans, pastel and pen and ink on paper   Map Case #7
 
Peter Panhandle: A Love Story, circa 1930-1940 Box Folder
Partial manuscript draft 5
29
Reading Can Be Fun, 1953 Box Folder
Preliminary sketches, graphite on paper, 4 items 5
30
Early manuscript draft with graphite illustrations 5
31
Partial dummy with graphite illustrations, 10 pages 5
32
Robert Francis Weatherbee, circa 1935-1964 Box Folder
Partial dummy, graphite on paper, 16 pages 5
33
Dummy with graphite and watercolor illustrations, 40 pages 5
34
Photocopies of redrawn illustrations for 1964 Malay edition, 28 items 5
35
Safety Can Be Fun, 1938 Box Folder
Manuscript outline 6
1
Partial final art, marker on paper, 19 sheets
Includes a signed note from Munro Leaf identifying them as original drawings.
12
4
Sam the Clam, 1959 Box Folder
Typescript 12
5
Illustrations, colored pencil, crayon, graphite, and pen and ink on paper, 1 sheet 6
2
Sam and the Superdroop, 1948 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 6
3
Alternate version of cover, gouache and graphite on photostat pasted to board 6
4
Partial final art, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets 6
5
Partial final art, pen and ink on paper taped to board, 5 items 14
11
Science Can Be Fun, 1958 Box Folder
Manuscript outline and notes 6
6
Early manuscript draft with graphite illustrations 6
7
Revised typescript 6
8
"Songs of the Rivers", circa 1955 Box Folder
"The Mississippi" and "The Seine," typescripts 6
9
"A Sort of Christmas Fable", circa 1940-1965 Box Folder
Carbon copy 6
10
The Story of Ferdinand, 1936
This subseries includes seven subgroups: Adaptations, Clippings and reprints, Correspondence, Ephemera, Manuscript drafts, Photographs, and Promotional materials. This arrangement preserves Leaf's original order.
Box Folder
Adaptations Box Folder
"The Ballad of Ferdinan': A Folk Rock Opera," program, 1972 8
1
"Ferdinand the Bull," Walt Disney Productions Box Folder
Scene layout, carbon copy, 1938 May 19 8
2
Dialogue, typescript, 1938 July 15 8
3
Minutes from story meeting, carbon copy, 1938 November 20 8
4
Character sheets, 11 items, 1938 14
12
Original animation cels, paint on celluloid, 2 items, 1938 14
13
"Ferdinand the Bull," sheet music, 1938 8
5
"De Ferdinando," typescript of student Latin translation, 1938 8
6
"Fernando el Feroz: A Musical Play for Beginning Spanish Students," script, 2 copies, 1974 8
7
"Isabella Was the Girl Next Door," clipping of short story, 1937 8
8
"Springtime for Ferdinand," poem typescript, 1937 8
9
"The Story of Ferdinand," WPA Federal Theatre Project Marionette Theatre Box Folder
Script, 1939 8
10
Photocopy of program, 1939 8
11
"The Story of Ferdinand: A Symphonic Tale," full piano score, 1943 8
12
"Parade to the Bull Ring," full band arrangement score, 1943 8
13
Correspondence and newsletters from the Federal Theatre at George Mason, 1975-1976 8
14
"Zgodba o Ferdinandu," Puppet Theatre of Ljubljana, correspondence and program, 1978-1979 8
15
Clippings and reprints, 1936-1979, undated
Oversize original clippings are in Box 16 but preservation photocopies of the relevant articles have been filed chronologically in Box 11 with the remainder of clippings and their use copies.
11
16
1-6
4
Correspondence, 1936-1974, undated 8
16-17
Ephemera Box Folder Object Reel
Audiotape (also includes Wee Gillis), 1938-1939 13
    4
Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, program, 1976 8
18
   
Charm bracelet, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, circa 1938 2
     
"Color Range for Ferdinand the Bull," fabric swatches, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, 1938 8
19
   
Decorative buttons, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, circa 1938 13
  2
 
"Doctorate of Laughing," presented to Munro Leaf by the West Side Kindergarten, 1940 June 8
20
   
"Ferdinand the Bull Candy," paper wrapper, circa 1938 8
21
   
Greeting cards, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, 5 items, 1938 8
22
   
Pencil sharpener, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, circa 1938 13
  3
 
Quilt squares, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, circa 1938 8
23
   
"Walt Disney's Ferdinand the Bull Stationery", circa 1938 8
24
   
Manuscript drafts, 1936 Box Folder
Manuscript draft on yellow legal notepaper 1
 
Corrected typescript and carbon copy 8
25
Final typescript 8
26
Photographs Box Folder
Bullock's department store window display, Los Angeles, 1 item, circa 1939 8
27
Munro Leaf visiting the set of a Polish puppet show, 2 items, 1964 8
28
Photograph of the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoon), 1 item, 1938 8
29
Publicity prints of animation cels from Walt Disney Production's "Ferdinand the Bull," 36 items, 1938 8
30-31
Puppet Theatre of Ljubljana, 2 items, 1978 8
32
Selfridge's department store window display for Disney adaptation, London, 8 items, 1939 8
33
Viking Press publicity photographs, 10 items, circa 1936 12
8
14
34
WPA Federal Theatre Project's Marionette Theatre, 11 items, 1939 8
35
Promotional materials Box Folder
Free Library of Philadelphia keepsake facsimile of manuscript on yellow legal notepaper, 3 copies, 1983 8
36
Viking Press materials, 9 items, 1937-1986 8
37
Walt Disney Productions materials, 3 items, 1938 14
8
14
38
The Story of the Nutcracker, circa 1935-1976 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 6
11
Carbon copy 6
12
The Story of Simpson and Sampson, 1941 Box Folder
Manuscript draft in bound book 6
13
Three Promises to You, 1957 Box Folder Reel
Filmstrip text, stats 6
14
 
Filmstrip 13
  1
Turnabout, 1967 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 6
15
Corrected typescript 6
16
Partial final art, marker on board and paper, 19 sheets 12
17
6
1-8
Unused illustration of a rhinoceros, marker on paper 17
9
A Wartime Handbook for Young Americans, 1942 Box Folder
Manuscript notes with graphite sketches, 2 sheets 6
17
Typescript 6
18
Preliminary art for cover, colored pencil and graphite on paper with proofs pasted in 14
15
Partial final art, graphite and pen and ink on paper, 10 sheets 14
16
Printer's proofs of illustrations, 50 items 6
19
Watchbirds, circa 1938-1950
This series combines all of Munro Leaf's Watchbirds materials. Beginning in 1938, Munro Leaf's Watchbirds cartoons were a recurring column in the Ladies' Home Journal, and were eventually compiled and published in six books: The Watchbirds (1938), More Watchbirds (1940), Fly Away, Watchbird (1941), 3 and 30 Watchbirds (1944), Flock of Watchbirds (1946), and Four and Twenty Watchbirds (1990).
Box Folder
Preliminary sketches, pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets 6
20
Caption typescripts, 5 sheets 6
21
Final art, pen and ink on board, 19 items 6
22
Final art, colored pencil, marker, and pen and ink on paper, 75 items 6
12
23-24
7
Final art, colored pencil, graphite, and pen and ink on tracing paper, 3 items 12
8
Final art, gouache, graphite, marker, and pen and ink on paper with text pasted on, 3 sheets 12
9
Red color separations, marker, pen and ink, and watercolor on tracing paper pasted to page proofs, 51 items 12
10-11
Stats of illustrations, 5 sheets 6
25
"The Watchbird Song," manuscript sheet music and photocopy 12
12
Wee Gillis, 1938-1939
There is also an audiotape of Wee Gillis and The Story of Ferdinand that is listed under The Story of Ferdinand -- ephemera.
Box Folder
Manuscript draft 6
26
Whatsyourname, circa 1930-1940 Box Folder
Manuscript draft 6
27
Who Am I?, 1968 Box Folder
Manuscript outline 6
28
Corrected typescript 6
29
Illustration, marker on paper, 1 sheet 6
30
Who Cares? I Do, 1971 Box Folder
Manuscript draft in bound notebook 7
1
Partial dummy with graphite illustrations and preliminary text pasted in, 20 pages 7
2
Corrected typescript 7
3
Galley proofs, 5 sheets 15
8
Preliminary sketch, graphite on paper, 1 sheet 7
4
Photographic illustrations, 7 items 7
5
Partial final art, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets 7
6
Final art for cover, black and white photographic print and colored gels pasted to board, with pen and ink and opaque white on acetate overlay, 2 sheets 7
7
Complete set of printer's proofs and text pasted to layout boards, 21 sheets 12
13
Blueline proofs, 40 pages 7
8
Writing Stories Can Be Fun, circa 1940-1976 Box Folder
Partial manuscript draft 7
9
Clippings, reprints, and scrapbook
Oversize original clippings are in Box 16 but preservation photocopies of the relevant articles have been filed chronologically with the remainder of clippings and their use copies.
Box Folder
Checkaway: The Magazine for Classroom Fun, 1954-1956 9
12
Clippings, 1934-1939 9
16
1-3
5
Clippings, 1940-1949 9
16
4-5
5
Clippings, 1950-1959 9
16
5
6
Clippings, 1960-1969 9
16
7
5-6
Clippings, 1970-1979 9
16
8
6
Clippings, undated 9
9
"Lecture Tour: California, Oregon, Washington," scrapbook, November-December 1939 9
18
10
Reprints, 1937-1968 9
11
Correspondence
This series is primarily fan mail, mostly by children writing as part of a class assignment. It also includes some business correspondence from Leaf's publishers and literary agents and a folder of personal letters. Of particular interest is an affectionate note from Ludwig Bemelmans that includes a watercolor sketch of Noodle (from their 1937 collaboration of the same name).
Box Folder
Fan mail Box Folder
Birthday cards from first-graders at Emerson Elementary School, 1966 3
14
Elementary school students' questions about the USSR, circa 1962-1963 3
15
Fan letters, 1965-1966, undated 3
16
Fan mail from the students at J. George Brecht School, 1962 3
17
Thank you letters from third-graders at Henson Elementary School, 1967 3
18
Personal correspondence, 1938-1963 3
19
Professional correspondence, 1948-1982 3
11
20
11
Promotional materials, photographs, recordings, and ephemera Box Folder
Brochures, pamphlets, posters, and programs illustrated by Munro Leaf, 11 items, 1942-1968
This folder includes material designed by Leaf for organizations he supported, such as Grace-New Haven Community Hospital, Andover Alumni Fund, Memorial Hall Library, etc., as well as material Leaf produced for hire.
3
21
Checkaway cardboard cutouts and posters, 25 items, 1954-1956 3
16
22
"The Checkaway Story: A Tested Successful Answer to One of Today's Biggest Problems," teacher's manual, 1955 3
23
"The Hobby Horse Presents," interview with Munro Leaf, 2 78 RPM records, 30 October 1948 14
 
Noodle promotional photograph, 1937 3
24
Publisher brochures and one-sheets from F.A. Stokes and Lippincott, 9 items, 1934-1964 3
25
Reprint of photograph of a young Munro Leaf with friends, circa 1918-1921 3
26
Robert Francis Weatherbee cardboard display cutout, 1935 3
27
Sam and the Superdroop cardboard display cutouts, 3 items, 1948 3
28
"Simple Samples of the World's Best Stories," 4 items, circa 1939 12
15
Songs of Safety: Song-Stories with Orchestra and Sound Effects, Frank Luther, 78 RPM record, circa 1960 14
 
W. Colston Leigh Speakers Bureau brochures, 2 items, 1958-1964 3
29
Watchbirds promotional materials Box Folder
"Boscul's Bloopers," 13 items, circa 1940-1960 3
30
"Children's Dental Health Week," oversize poster, 1953 15
1
Watchbirds calendar, 2 copies, 1978 3
31
Wee Gillis poster, 1938 3
32
Wee Gillis, recited by Sterling Holloway on the Charlie McCarthy Program, 1 78 RPM record, 22 January 1939 14
 
Published volumes
Leaf, Munro. A War-time Handbook for Young Americans. Philadelphia: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1942
Leaf, Munro. Arithmetic Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1949
Leaf, Munro. Arithmetic Can Be Fun. Dacca: Standard Publications, 1958
Includes publisher's report of publication from Franklin Publications, Inc.
Leaf, Munro. Being an American Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1964
Leaf, Munro. Berattelsen om Ferdinand. Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Forlag, 1938
Leaf, Munro. Bergembira dengan badan yang sehat. Kuala Lumpur: Union Press Organization, 1963
Leaf, Munro. Boo, pojken som var morkradd. Stockholm: AB Lindqvists Forlag, 1956
Leaf, Munro. Cherita Ferdinan si-lembu garang. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia, 1965
Leaf, Munro. Da jia he zuo. Taibei Shi: Taiwan dong fang shu dian, 1954
Leaf, Munro. De geschiedenis van Ferdinand. 's-Gravehage: Nederlandse Boekenclub, 1968
Leaf, Munro. De geschiedenis van Ferdinan. Utrecht: A.W. Bruna & Zoon, 1977
United States. Dept. of the Army. Department of the Army Promotion and Internal Placement Program. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1969
Leaf, Munro. Det ar roligt att rakna. Stockholm: Natur och Kultur, 1951
Leaf, Munro. Det er sjovt at vaere rask. Kobenhaven: Thorkild Beck, 1946
Leaf, Munro. El cuento de Ferdinando. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1962
Leaf, Munro. El nino que temia la oscuridad. Buenos Aires: Editorial Sigmar, 1952
Leaf, Munro. Fair Play. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1939
Leaf, Munro. Fair Play. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1967
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinand. Denmark: G.E.C. Gads Forlag, 1959
Includes note from Curtis Brown Ltd.
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinand. Paris: L'ecole des loisirs, 1978
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinand he sane = Ferdinand ho asem. Accra: Presbyterian Book Depot, circa 1936-1976
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinand the Bull. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Co., 1938
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinand, a bika. Budapest: Athanaeum Kiadas, circa 1936-1948
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinando el toro. Salamanca: Loquez Ediciones, 1978
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinandus taurus. Londinium: Hamish Hamilton, 1962
Leaf, Munro. Fernando. Warszawa: Nasza Ksioegarnia, 1966
Leaf, Munro. Flock of Watchbirds. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1946
Leaf, Munro. Fly Away, Watchbird!: A Picture Book of Behavior. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1941
Leaf, Munro. Geography Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1951
Leaf, Munro. Geography Can Be Fun. London: Ward, Lock, & Co., Limited, 1958
Leaf, Munro. Geography Can Be Fun. Dacca: Sir Syed College Publications, 1959
Leaf, Munro. Gordon the Goat. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1944
Leaf, Munro. Gordon the Goat. London: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., 1946
Leaf, Munro. Grammar Can Be Fun. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, circa 1950-1959
Leaf, Munro. Grammar Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1962
Calvert, John (pseud. Munro Leaf). Gwendolyn the Goose. New York: Random House, 1946
Leaf, Munro. Health Can Be Fun. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1943
Leaf, Munro. Health Can Be Fun. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1943
Sixteenth printing.
Leaf, Munro. Hidup bersama. Kuala Lumpur: Federal, 1964
Leaf, Munro. Historien om Ferdinand. Oslo: J.W. Cappelens Forlag, 1938
Leaf, Munro. History Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1950
Leaf, Munro. I Hate You I Hate You. Boston: Sterling Institute Press, Prudential Tower, 1968
The Illustrated London News. November 16, 1950, vol. 217, no. 5821A. London: Illustrated London News
RBD copy 2: Variant edition, published by the International News Company, New York, with different numbering: vol. 127, no. 3316A.
Images. Cairo: Dar al-Hilal., 1961
Contains article on Munro Leaf, "Munro Leaf a revolutionne la litterature enfantine," on p. 20-21.
Leaf, Munro. Jens og katten Alexander. Copenhagen: Skrifola, 1956
Leaf, Munro. John Henry Davis. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1940
Leaf, Munro. Kenko daiichi. Tokyo: Gakushu Kenkyu Sha, 1969
Leaf, Munro. Laten wij het beter doen! Amsterdam: Buijten & Schipperheijn, 1947
Leaf, Munro. Let's Do Better. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1945
Life. November 28, 1938, vol. 5, no. 22. Chicago: Time Inc.
Article on the animated film adaptation of Munro Leaf's "The Story of Ferdinand" on p. 34-36.
Leaf, Munro. Little Alonzo. New York: R.H. Macy & Co. Inc., 1938
Mun (pseud. Munro Leaf). Lo, the Poor Indian. New York: Leaf, Mahony, Seidel & Stokes, Publishers, 1934
Look. November 22, 1938, vol. 2, no. 24. Des Moines, Iowa: LOOK Inc.
Article on the animated film adaption of Munro Leaf's "The Story of Ferdinand" on p.40-41.
Leaf, Munro. Lucky You. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1955
Leaf, Munro. Manners Can Be Fun. London: Ward, Lock, & Co., Limited, circa 1950-1959
Includes letter dated January 27, 1953, from Martha E. Robison of the Children's Fresh Air Farm to Frederick A. Stokes & Co.
Leaf, Munro. Menjaga tingkah laku. Kuala Lumpur: Angkatan Baru, 1967
Leaf, Munro. Metric Can Be Fun! Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1976
Leaf, Munro. Minna no sekai. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1963
Leaf, Munro. Minna no sekai = You and I. Kanda Tokyo: Shin Sekai Bunka Sha Ltd., 1947
Publication information and publisher's inspection stamp pasted on back cover.
Leaf, Munro. Moro a vaere snill. Oslo: J.W. Cappelens Forlag, 1947
Leaf, Munro. My Book to Help America. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Company, 1942
Includes an empty 10 cent defense stamp album in back cover.
Leaf, Munro. Noodle. New York: Four Winds Press, 1965
Leaf, Munro. O touro Ferdinando. Sao Paulo: Edicoes Melhoramentos, 1936
Leaf, Munro. O touro Ferdinando. Rio de Janeiro: Distribuidora Records, 1964
Leaf, Munro. Otto abunai. Tokyo: Gakushu Kenkyu Sha, 1968
Includes printed advertisements for children's books.
La Pologne. No. 2 (102) Fevrier 1963. Warsaw: Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse Parisienne.
Article by Munro Leaf, "Les petits 'vive-la-joie' polonais," regarding The Story of Ferdinand and Polish children, on p. 12-15.
Publishers Weekly. Vol. 190, no. 8, August 22, 1966. Philadelphia: R. Bowker Co.
Advertisement for The Story of Ferdinand, p. 23. Article on The Story of Ferdinand, p. 54-55.
Publishers Weekly. Vol. 190, no. 10, September 5, 1966. Philadelphia: R. Bowker Co.
Mention of an advertising campaign for The Story of Ferdinand on p. 54.
The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress. Vol. 34, no. 3, July 1977. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress
Mention and facsimile of an annotated copy of The Story of Ferdinand on p. 238-239.
Leaf, Munro. Reading Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1953
Tenth printing.
Leaf, Munro. Robert Francis Weatherbee. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1935
Inscribed on endpaper by Munro Leaf: "For Florence, with all of the best wishes of R.F. Weatherbee and Ferdinand and Munro Leaf. Ft. Prince, 1944." Inscription illustrated by Leaf with a drawing of a girl (Florence), R.F. Weatherbee, Ferdinand, and Munro Leaf.
Leaf, Munro. Robert Francis Weatherbee. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1963
Leaf, Munro. Robert Francis Weatherbee: The Boy Who Would Not Go to School. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1968
Leaf, Munro. Safety Can Be Fun. London: Ward, Lock, & Co., Limited, circa 1950-1959
Leaf, Munro. Safety Can Be Fun. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1938
Contains annotations in pencil by an unknown author.
Leaf, Munro. Sam and the Superdroop. New York: The Viking Press, 1948
Leaf, Munro. Science Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1958
Sixth printing, with a dust jacket from the seventh printing.
Shankar's Weekly. Vol. 13, no 45, March 26, 1961. New Delhi: Indraprastha Press.
Illustrations by Munro Leaf and article parodying the "Can Be Fun" series on p. 8-9.
Leaf, Munro. Sipuro shel Ferdinand. Tel Aviv: Am oved, 1969
Leaf, Munro. So- oder so?: Ein ABC des Zusammenlebens. Berlin: Mosiak, 1954
"Return to M. Leaf" in pencil on front board.
Leaf, Munro. Something to Remember About Eating. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 1967
Leaf, Munro. Something to Remember About Medical Care. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 1967
Story-a-day. Vol. 1, no. 2, October 1, 1953. New York: Story-A-Day Inc.
Leaf, Munro. Subarashii sekai e. Tokyo: Sogei Sha, 1949
Japan Publishers Association inspection stamp on p. 79.
Leaf, Munro. The Danger of Hiding Our Heads. Washington, D.C.: Committee on the Present Danger, circa 1951
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, in association with Hamish Hamilton, 1967
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand (braille). Boston: National Braille Press, 1941
With a handmade cover featuring a bull on green construction paper, made by the Junior Red Cross in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Leaf, Munro. The Story ov Ferdinand. London: Hamish Hamilton, circa 1936-1978
Signed on half-title by Munro Leaf and Ella Griffin. Also signed on front board by Ella Griffin.
Leaf, Munro. The Watchbirds: A Picture Book of Behavior. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, Inc., 1939
Inscribed on front paste-down by Munro Leaf: "For Bobby Kenaston, with all the best wishes of The Watchbird and Munro Leaf." Inscription includes a sketch of a boy. "Second Printing, April 17, 1939."--T.p. verso.
Leaf, Munro. The Wishing Pool. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960
Leaf, Munro. Three Promises to You. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1957
Leaf, Munro. Tiga janji untok mu. Selangor: Bahama, 1963
Leaf, Munro. Turnabout. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1967
Menninger, William C. Vad psykiatrin sager om oss sjalva. Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 1952
Pages are unopened.
Leaf, Munro. Walt Disney's Ferdinand. Amsterdam: L.J. Veen's Uitgevers, 1938
Leaf, Munro. Walt Disney's Ferdinand the Bull. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Company, 1938
Leaf, Munro. Walt Disney's Ferdinand the Bull Paint Book. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Company, 1938
Leaf, Munro. Wan tong luoba ji. Xinjiapo: Ren min xie hui, 1964
Leaf, Munro. Who Am I? Morristown, New Jersey: Silver Burdett Company, 1968
Leaf, Munro. Who Cares? I Do. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1972
Wilson Library Bulletin. September 1964, vol. 39, no. 1. Bronx, N.Y.: H. W. Wilson Co.
Article on Munro Leaf, "Nickle Words for a Golden Mission," on p. 45-47.
Woman's Day. December 1938, vol. 2, no. 3. New York: Stores Publishing Company.
Article by Munro Leaf, "Walt Disney says 'Long Live Santa Claus!'", on p. 4-5, 50.
Would You Like to Be-- /by Munro Leaf. Columbus, Ohio: Highlights for Children., 1965
Title from cover. At head of title: Highlights Handbook. Series of tear-out posters featuring ill-behaved children illustrated by Munro Leaf, intended to improve manners.
Leaf, Munro. Zgodba o Ferdinandu. Ljubljiana: Mladinska knjiga, 1974
U.S. Army and Foreign Service work
Articles and speeches Box Folder
Autobiographical sketch for application to COMSAT public relations, photocopy of typescript, 1965 10
1
"Can You Bake a Cherry Pie?," typescript, circa 1941-1945 10
2
"Dignidad," typescript, circa 1960-1976 10
3
"Draft Staff Study," manuscript draft, typescript, and carbon copies, 1951 10
4
"Good Joe," manuscript draft and typescript, circa 1941-1945 10
5
"Heil Horse Feathers," typescript, 1945 10
6
"Know Your Men," corrected typescript, circa 1941-1945 10
7
"Nation," typescript of speech, 1943
Folder also includes two letters from the War Department related to Munro Leaf's visit and speech.
10
8
"A Plan for an Honorable Peace in South Vietnam," photocopy, circa 1968-1975 10
9
"A Proposal to Establish Fellowships in a College of American Government," carbon copy, 1947 10
10
"Report of Munro Leaf" on Foreign Service exchange, manuscript draft, 1961 10
11
"Specialists' Wives," manuscript draft, circa 1961-1964 10
12
"The Story of COMSAT," manuscript draft and corrected photocopies, circa 1965-1970 10
13-14
"There's One in Every Outfit," manuscript draft and carbon copy, circa 1940-1945 10
15
"The U.S. Versus the Army," carbon copy, 1945 10
16
"What's in a Name?" manuscript draft, circa 1960-1976 10
17
"World Disarmament: Is It Only a Dream?" manuscript draft, circa 1960-1976 10
18
Correspondence and memoranda
This subseries is arranged alphabetically by folder title but preserves Munro Leaf's original order of filing by subject.
Box Folder
American post-war relations and propaganda, memoranda, 1945-1951 10
19
Morale of American ground forces, correspondence and memoranda, 1951-1952 10
20
"On to Tokyo" and American redeployment, correspondence and memoranda, 1945 10
21
Proposed etiquette book for NATO, memoranda, circa 1951-1953 10
22
USIS State Department tour, correspondence, 1961-1966 10
23
"Who Is the Man Against the Marshall Plan?" correspondence, 1948-1951 10
24
Foreign service clippings, 1961-1969 Box Folder
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7-10
Itineraries, 1961-1964 Box Folder
India, Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, and Yugoslavia, 1961 10
25
Germany, Norway, Finland, and Poland, 1962 10
26
Thailand, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, 1964 10
27
Manuscripts and illustrations
The Big Red Lie, circa 1955-1965 Box Folder
Manuscript notes and outline 7
10
Short film treatment, carbon copy 7
11
Department of the Army Promotion and Internal Placement Program, 1969 Box Folder
Manuscript draft with marker and pen and ink illustrations 7
12
Dummy with graphite and marker illustrations, 52 pages 7
13
Final lettering for cover, cut paper pasted to layout board, 1 sheet 12
16
Complete set of final art, marker and pen and ink on paper, 40 sheets 7
14
Good Health, circa 1960-1976 Box Folder
Manuscript draft with marker illustrations 7
15
On Job Corps, circa 1964 Box Folder
Partial dummy with marker illustrations, 14 pages 7
16
The Keys to the Future, 1967 Box Folder
Manuscript draft with marker illustrations 7
17
Photocopies of illustrated drafts, 2 sets 7
18
Laos, circa 1970 Box Folder
Photocopy of filmstrip text 7
19
Something to Remember About Eating, 1967 Box Folder
Manuscript draft with marker illustrations 7
20
Something to Remember About Love, Sex, and Marriage, circa 1967 Box Folder
Earlier manuscript draft with marker illustrations
This draft uses the working title "The Big Question About Sex."
7
21
Later manuscript draft with marker illustrations 7
22
Something to Remember About Medical Care, 1967 Box Folder
Manuscript draft with marker illustrations 7
23
Square Block, Round Block, circa 1969-1976 Box Folder Reel
Manuscript draft 7
24
 
Typescript 7
25
 
Illustrations, marker and pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets 12
17
 
Audiotape 13
  5
This Is Ann: She's Dying to Meet You, 1943 Box Folder
Dummy with graphite illustrations, 28 pages 7
26
Revised typescript 7
27
What Is a Nation?, circa 1965-1975 Box Folder
Earlier manuscript draft 7
28
Later manuscript draft with marker illustrations 7
29
Illustrations, marker on paper, 2 sheets 7
30
What's the Difference?, circa 1962-1963 Box Folder
Manuscript notes and outline 7
31
Earlier manuscript draft 7
32
Later manuscript draft 7
33
Revised typescript 7
34
Carbon copies 7
35
Preliminary sketches, graphite and pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets 7
36
You Know What?, circa 1955-1957 Box Folder
Manuscript notes for television script 7
37
Revised typescript 7
38
Photographs Box Folder
Negatives from Foreign Service travel, 3 items, circa 1962 10
28
Photographs from USIS tour of Egypt, 3 items, 1961 10
29
Photographs from USIS tours of India, 9 items, 1961 and 1964 10
30
Photographs from USIS tour of Poland, 5 items, 1961 10
31
Photographs from USIS tour of Taiwan, 6 items, 1964 10
32
"Photographs taken on trips," 6 items, circa 1961-1964 10
33