Robert May papers, 1939 - 1954Manuscript MS-630

Introduction to the Collection

Contains holograph manuscripts of three of May's children's stories, including "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer" (Chicago : Montgomery Ward, 1939) "Winking Willie" (New York : Maxton, 1948) and "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer Shines Again" (New York : Maxton, 1954). Also included are book layouts, Denver Gillen's color separated illustrations for Rudolph, and a mounted Life magazine cover from January, 9, 1950. Box two contains Robert May's scrapbook related to the publication of Rudolph. The scrapbook includes newspaper clippings, Montgomery Ward advertisements and fan letters.

(note: Scrapbook was disbound and remounted on acid-free support stock. Original support pages remain in separate binder for researcher reference.) In addition there are six boxes with the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue

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