Finding Aid for the Ninon MacKnight Papers, 1942-1969

Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2001
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Ninon MacKnight Papers, 1942-1969

Collection number: 854

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Brooke Whiting, 1960, 1964 & 1966
Additions by:
Lilace Hatayama, 1985
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Amy Shung-Gee Wong, August 2001
© 2001 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ninon MacKnight Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1942-1969
Collection number: 854
Creator: MacKnight, Ninon
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Ninon MacKnight (1908- ) drew sketches for the children's page of the Sunday Sun newspaper, and illustrated children's historical books, then illustrated picture books for younger children. Published works for which she was illustrator include Little Amish School House (1939), Snow White (c1946), For a Child: Great Poems Old and New (1947), and Kit Koala: the Shy Little Bear (c1948), which she both wrote and illustrated. The collection consists of original illustrations for seven children's books, and letters from various publishers regarding illustrations.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Additional Physical Form Available

A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

  • Gift of Ninon MacKnight, 1960-85.
  • Gift of Paul Jordan Smith, 1971.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ninon MacKnight Papers (Collection 854). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2221102 

Biography

Ninon MacKnight was born on April 5, 1908 in Sydney, Australia; attended private school for girls in Sydney; drew sketches for the children's page of the Sunday Sun newspaper; came to the United States; first illustrated children's historical books, then illustrated picture books for younger children; married Wilbur Jordan Smith; published works for which she was illustrator include Little Amish School House (1939), Snow White (c1946), For a Child: Great Poems Old and New (1947), and Kit Koala: The Shy Little Bear (c1948), which she both wrote and illustrated.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of original illustrations for seven children's books and letters from various publishers regarding illustrations.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
MacKnight, Ninon--Archives.
Illustrators--United States--Archival resources.
Authors, American--Archival resources.
Illustrated works.
Juvenile literature.
Manuscripts for publication.


Container List

Box 1

ABC of Trucks and Cars by Anne Alexander. Pictures by Ninon. Los Angeles. ca. 1956.

Physical Description: 19 leaves. 21.5 × 27 cm. Color dummy containing 20 original crayon drawings.

Scope and Content Note

A child's ABC book. This is the first draft of the pictures for the publisher.

Note

Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1956.
Gift of Mrs. Ninon MacKnight Smith, January 1960.
Box 1

Illustrations for Mr. Apple's Family, by Jean McDevitt. Los Angeles. ca. 1950.

Physical Description: 47 items. Original pen and watercolor drawings (various sizes). In 2 folders.
Gift of Mrs. Ninon MacKnight Smith, December 1964.
Box 1

Mr. Apple's Family, by Jean McDevitt. Illustrated by Ninon [MacKnight].

Physical Description: 118pp. 20.5 cm. Page proofs with a few directions in pencil. Unbound.

Scope and Content Note

A children's book.

Note

Garden City, New York: The Junior Literary Guild and Doubleday & Company. [c1950].
Gift of Mrs. Ninon MacKnight Smith. March 1960.
Box 1

Mr. Apple's Family, by Jean McDevitt. Illustrated by Ninon [MacKnight]. Los Angeles. ca. 1950.

Physical Description: 5 p.l., 118pp. 20.5 cm. Pencil sketches interspersed with printed text. Publisher's mock-up.
Gift of Mrs. Ninon MacKnight Smith, December 1964.
Box 1

The Teeny Tiny Woman, by Ninon [MacKnight]. Los Angeles. ca. 1955.

Physical Description: 16 leaves. 16 × 16.5 cm. Original drawings and holograph text.

Scope and Content Note

A dummy made to submit to publishers. Unpublished.
Gift of Mrs. Ninon MacKnight Smith, September 1966.
Box 2

Illustrations for Bush Holiday by Stephen Fennimore [pseudonym for Dale Collins]. Los Angeles. ca. 1949.

Physical Description: 3 items. Pen and ink sketches.

Note

Garden City: Doubleday (c1949).
Gift of Wilbur and Ninon [MacKnight] Smith, 1985.
Box 2

Kit Koala: The Shy Little Bear. By Ninon. Los Angeles. ca. 1946-1948.

Physical Description: 10 items, 24 illustrations. Pen and ink.

Scope and Content Note

Illustrations for the children's story published by Rinehart, 1948. With accompanying correspondence from the publisher, ca. 1946-1948.
Gift of Mrs. Ninon MacKnight Smith, January 1985.
Box 2

Letters from various publishers regarding books illustrated by Ninon MacKnight. v.p. 1961-1971.

Physical Description: 15 items.

Scope and Content Note

Letters from Doubleday & Company, Incorporated, CBS Records, and children's author, Anne Alexander, concerning books illustrated by Ninon MacKnight. Letter from Doubleday & Company 26 May 1961, is incomplete.
Gift of Ninon MacKnight Smith, 1985.
Box 2

Original watercolor illustrations for The Fairies.

Physical Description: 6 items.
Gift of Paul Jordan Smith, November 1971.
Box 2

Sleepy Time. n.p. ca. 1969.

Physical Description: 1 vol., 13 illustrations

Scope and Content Note

13 watercolor illustrations by Ninon MacKnight [Smith], and a copy of the book published by CBS Books & Records, 1969. Text by Jill Jackson.
Gift of Wilbur and Ninon Smith, 1985.
Oversize Box 3

Illustrations for Nathan's Dark House by Florence Bourgeois. Woodland Hills. ca. 1942.

Physical Description: 4 items. Watercolor.

Scope and Content Note

4 watercolor illustrations for Nathan's Dark House.

Note

Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company [1942].
Gift of Wilbur and Ninon (MacKnight) Smith, 1985.