The Parnassus Press records including administrative files, correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, sketches, drawings and
Founded in 1957 in Berkeley, California by Herman Schein and Ruth Robbins Schein, the Parnassus Press specialized in high
quality illustrated children’s books that featured such well known authors as Ursula K. Le Guin and Theodora Krober. Known
for their imaginative drawings and culturally diverse themes, the Parnassus Press was also distinct in publishing bilingual
texts in Spanish, French and Italian that explored folk tales from countries such as Martinique, Italy and Mexico. Among their
titles are included Wizard of the Earthsea, Ishi: Last of His Tribe, Bravo Marco!, Ramón Makes a Trade, To Catch a Mongoose, A Penny and a Periwinkle and The Emperor and the Drummer Boy. Their collaboration with the illustrator Nicholas Sidjakov, Baboushka and the Three Kings, won the Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American children’s picture book from the American Library Association in
1961. Several of their titles were also written and/or illustrated by Ruth Robbins who herself was a skilled artist and author.
30 cartons, 32 oversize boxes, 1 cardfile box, 16 oversize folders (98.95 linear feet)
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