Finding Aid to the Parnassus Press records, 1930-1989 (bulk 1955-1978)

Mario H. Ramirez
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
© 2013
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the Parnassus Press records, 1930-1989 (bulk 1955-1978)

Collection number: BANC MSS 71/198 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Mario H. Ramirez
Date Completed:
2013
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2016 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Parnassus Press records
Date (inclusive): 1930-1989
Date (bulk): 1955-1978
Collection Number: BANC MSS 71/198 c
Creator: Parnassus Press
Extent: 30 cartons, 32 oversize boxes, 1 cardfile box, 16 oversize folders (98.95 linear feet)
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The Parnassus Press records including administrative files, correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, sketches, drawings and artifacts.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, English, French, Italian
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Parnassus Press records, BANC MSS 71/198 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Parnassus Press
Publishers and publishing
Berkeley (Calif.)
Children's Literature -- Publishing

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Herman Schein and Ruth Robbins Schein, 1971-1991.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Mario H. Ramirez in 2013.

Biographical Information

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.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the press began publishing fiction geared towards adults. These titles include The Frisco Kid, American’s Far West and How I Became Howard Johnson. Notably, they collaborated on an anthology on Pan-Africanism with the journal The Black Scholar. A beacon of publishing and children’s literature on the West Coast, the complete catalog of the Parnassus Press were sold to Houghton Mifflin in 1979.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Parnassus Press records contain manuscripts, financial records, correspondence, author profiles, illustrations, administrative files, artwork, sample production materials, photographs and notebooks. Highlights of the collection include extensive information on the daily operations of the press, its communications and contracts with authors, illustrators and printers, as well as draft manuscripts and mock-ups of its many publications. Included as well are numerous examples of original artwork, book exhibits, and materials that document the publishing process during the mid-twentieth century.

Container Listing

 

Series 1: Administrative, undated, 1953-1983

carton 1, folder 1

Adult Book Publishing, Form Contracts, undated, 1960-1978

carton 1, folder 2

Adult Book Publishing, Miscellaneous, 1970-1972

carton 1, folder 3

Adult Book Publishing, Publicity, 1969-1971

carton 1, folder 4-33

Advertising, undated, 1953-1978

carton 1, folder 34

Affliliated Lithographers, Inc., 1957, 1959, 1963

carton 1, folder 35

Agents, General, 1956-1958, 1964, 1970

carton 1, folder 36, carton 2, folder 1

Binders, Various Companies, 1957-1968

carton 2, folder 2

Binders, H. Wolff Manufacturing Company, Inc., 1955-1967

carton 2, folder 3

Binding Estimates, 1955-1968

carton 2, folder 4-5

Blurbs for Books, undated, 1957-1963

carton 2, folder 6

Book Ideas, 1959-1963

carton 2, folder 7

Book Lists, 1965-1971

carton 2, folder 8-11

Book Reviews and Reviewers, General, 1955-1973

carton 2, folder 12

Books on Exhibit, 1962-1963

carton 2, folder 13-21, oversize-box 28, folder 2

Catalog, undated, 1957-1979

carton 2, folder 22

Contracts, Cancelled, 1957-1962, 1970-1971

carton 2, folder 23-24

Copyrights, undated, 1956-1976

carton 3, folder 1-10

Correspondence, 1955-1976

carton 3, folder 11-18, carton 4, folder 1-21

Distribution, undated, 1953-1977

carton 4, folder 22-23, carton 5, folder 1-2

Editors, undated, 1956-1979

carton 5, folder 3-7, oversize-box 17, folder 1-2, oversize-box 25, folder 4-5

Exhibits, 1956-1967

carton 5, folder 8-18

Financial, undated, 1956-1978

carton 5, folder 19

Foreign Language Programs, undated, 1959-1972

carton 5, folder 20-23, carton 6, folder 1-10

Historical, undated, 1955-1982

carton 6, folder 11

Illustration, General, 1955-1975

carton 6, folder 12-25

Illustrators, 1956-1982

carton 6, folder 26

Insurance, 1957-1963

carton 6, folder 27

Inventory of Booksheets, 1957-1977

carton 6, folder 28-30, carton 7, folder 1-3

Legal, 1956-1974

carton 7, folder 4

Letterhead, invoices, etc., undated, 1970

carton 7, folder 5

Library Binding, 1958-1967

carton 7, folder 6

Mailing Information, 1957-1964

carton 7, folder 7

Newspaper Ads, 1957-1969

carton 7, folder 8-11

Notebooks, 1955-1964

carton 7, folder 12

Orginial Sketches, Parnassus Logo, 1956-1957

carton 7, folder 13

Payroll, 1961-1979

carton 7, folder 14-15

Personnel Applications, 1957-1964

carton 7, folder 16

Price Changes, 1966-1971

carton 7, folder 17-18

Production, undated, 1953-1978

carton 7, folder 19

Promotion, undated, 1957-1962

carton 7, folder 20

Publishers, 1956-1963

carton 7, folder 21-23, oversize-box 23, folder 1

Publicity, undated, 1956-1962

carton 7, folder 24, carton 8, folder 1-3

Quotations and Bids, 1957-1964

carton 8, folder 4

Readers, 1956-1957

carton 8, folder 5

Review Copy Mailing List, 1957-1961

carton 8, folder 6-16

Royalties, 1957-1979

carton 8, folder 17

Sales Commissions, 1959-1964

carton 8, folder 18-20

Sales Representatives, 1955-1971

carton 8, folder 21

Schein-Parnassus Press vs. Kamstra, 1970-1977

carton 9, folder 1

School Administrators, 1955-1963

carton 9, folder 2

Specialists by Subject, 1956-1966

carton 9, folder 3-4

Statistical, 1956-1962

carton 9, folder 5-20

Subsidiary Rights, undated, 1961-1983

carton 9, folder 21-24, carton 10, folder 1

Textbooks, undated, 1956-1972

carton 10, folder 2

W.S. Konecky Associates, 1957-1959

carton 10, folder 3

Zellerbach Paper Company, 1960-1962

 

Series 2: Publications, undated, 1930-1986

 

Subseries 1: Children's Literature, undated, 1955-1986

carton 10, folder 4-13, oversize-box 29, folder 5

All in Good Time, 1973-1976

carton 10, folder 14-15

August the Fourth, undated, 1974-1976

carton 10, folder 16-23, carton 11, folder 1-8, oversize-box 1, folder 1-3, oversize-folder 15

Baboushka and the Three Kings, undated, 1959-1983

carton 11, folder 9-12, oversize-box 24, folder 2, oversize-folder 13

The Beautiful Christmas Tree, undated, 1970-1982

carton 11, folder 13-15, oversize-box 2, folder 1-2, oversize-box 21, folder 3-4

The Best of Friends, undated, 1963-1976

carton 11, folder 16-17

The Bicycle Man, undated, 1981-1983

carton 11, folder 18, carton 12, folder 1-2, oversize-box 2, folder 3, oversize-folder 13

Black Wolf of Savage River, 1959-1967

carton 12, folder 3-4

Boy Without a Name, 1974-1976

carton 12, folder 5-10, oversize-box 3, folder 1-4, oversize-folder 16

Bravo Marco!, undated, 1962-1978

carton 12, folder 11-13, oversize-box 24, folder 3, oversize-folder 10

Broderick, 1968-1978

carton 12, folder 14-16, oversize-box 5, folder 1, oversize-box 18, folder 1, oversize-folder 14

The Bunny Who Found Easter, undated, 1958-1978

carton 12, folder 17-20, oversize-folder 3

Castaways on Long Ago, undated, 1973-1975

carton 12, folder 21, carton 13, folder 1-8, oversize-box 4, folder 1-3, oversize-folder 4, 7

The Emperor and the Drummer Boy, undated, 1957-1975

carton 13, folder 9-10, oversize-box 29, folder 2, oversize-box 30, folder 1-3

The Fisherman and the Bird, undated, 1979-1986

carton 13, folder 11-13, oversize-box 5, folder 2-3, oversize-box 6A, folder 1-2, oversize-folder 16

Fisherman's Luck, undated, 1966-1968

carton 13, folder 14-17, oversize-box 6A, folder 3-4, oversize-folder 15

The Friendly Beasts, 1957-1976

carton 13, folder 18-20, carton 14, folder 1-2, oversize-box 6B, folder 2, oversize-folder 14

A Garland for Gandhi, undated, 1968-1974

carton 14, folder 3-6, oversize-box 15, folder 1, oversize-box 29, folder 3, oversize-folder 8, 14

A Green Christmas, undated, 1967-1978

carton 14, folder 7-13, oversize-box 7, folder 1-2, oversize-box 6B, folder 1

Harlequin and Mother Goose (or The Magic Stick), undated, 1958-1973

carton 14, folder 14, oversize-box 20, folder 2

How the First Rainbow Was Made, undated, 1979-1981

carton 14, folder 15-17, oversize-box 8, folder 1-3, oversize-folder 16

The Hullabaloo ABC, undated, 1959-1978

carton 14, folder 18-20, oversize-folder 11-12

Imagination Greene, undated, 1960-1978

carton 15, folder 1-15, carton 16, folder 1-4, oversize-box 9, folder 1-2, oversize-folder 3-4, 14

Ishi: Last of His Tribe, undated, 1956-1978

carton 16, folder 5-7

Johnny Castleseed, undated, 1984-1986

carton 16, folder 8-20, oversize-folder 14

The King Who Rides a Tiger, undated, 1964-1968

carton 17, folder 1-4, oversize-box 10, folder 1-3, oversize-folder 14

The Little Sailor's Big Pet, undated, 1958-1974

carton 17, folder 5

The Lucky Yak, 1980

carton 17, folder 6-11, oversize-box 11, folder 1, oversize-box 25, folder 2-3, oversize-folder 14

Magic Animals of Japan, undated, 1967-1977

carton 17, folder 12-15, oversize-folder 9

Mak, 1980-1981

carton 17, folder 16, oversize-box 20, folder 1, folder 1, folder 1, oversize-box 25, folder 1, oversize-box 29, folder 1, folder 1, oversize-box 25, oversize-box 24, folder 1

Miscellaneous, 1958-1967

carton 17, folder 17-20, oversize-box 12, folder 2-4, folder 1-2, oversize-box 11

A Penny and a Periwinkle, undated, 1960-1977

carton 17, folder 21-22, carton 18, folder 1-5, oversize-box 14, folder 4, oversize-box 16, folder 4, oversize-folder 13

Ramón Makes a Trade, undated, 1959-1975

carton 18, folder 6-8, oversize-folder 6

Reasons and Raisins, undated, 1971-1974

carton 18, folder 9-10

The Roquefort Gang, undated, 1980-1982

carton 18, folder 11-14, oversize-box 14, folder 1-3, oversize-folder 14

Scareboy, 1957-1973

carton 18, folder 15, oversize-box 29, folder 4

The Secret Cross of Lorraine, undated, 1979-1981

carton 18, folder 16-19, oversize-box 13, folder 1-2

The Seven Sayings of Mr. Jefferson, 1957-1958

carton 18, folder 20-22, oversize-box 19

A Single Speckled Egg, undated, 1974-1978

carton 18, folder 23

The Smartest Person in the World, undated, 1978-1979

carton 19, folder 1-5, oversize-box 21, folder 2, oversize-folder 5

Staffan, undated, 1966-1973

carton 19, folder 6-15, oversize-box 16, folder 1-2, oversize-folder 1

Stories California Indians Told, undated, 1955-1976

carton 19, folder 16-17

Story for a Black Night, undated, 1979-1983

carton 19, folder 18-22, oversize-box 26, folder 2, oversize-folder 2

Taliesin and King Arthur, undated, 1969-1977

carton 19, folder 23-24, carton 20, folder 1, oversize-box 28, folder 3

Theodore, 1966-1968

carton 20, folder 2-4, oversize-box 21, folder 1

Theodore's Rival, 1971-1978

carton 20, folder 5-14

Time at the Top, undated, 1962-1975

carton 20, folder 15-21, oversize-box 15, folder 2, oversize-folder 14

To Catch a Mongoose, undated, 1962-1967

carton 20, folder 22-25, carton 21, folder 1, oversize-folder 8

Treasures of the Medranos, circa 1957

carton 21, folder 2

The Truth About the Moon, 1981

carton 21, folder 3-5, carton 21, folder 3-6, oversize-box 18, folder 2, oversize-box 27, folder 1-2

Who Owns the Moon?, undated, 1971-1978

carton 21, folder 7-13, oversize-box 15, folder 3, oversize-box 16, folder 3

Wild Animals of the Far West, undated, 1957-1974

carton 21, folder 14-21, carton 22, folder 1-5, oversize-box 26, folder 1, oversize-folder 14

A Wizard of Earthsea, undated, 1969-1983

carton 22, folder 16-19, oversize-box 22, folder 1-2, oversize-box 23, folder 2

Wonders, Inc., 1968-1980

 

Subseries 2: Adult Literature, undated, 1930-1975

carton 22, folder 20-26, carton 23, folder 1-11, oversize-box 28, folder 1, oversize-box 31, folder 1-13

America's Far West, undated, 1930-1966

carton 23, folder 12-14

The Frisco Kid, 1972

carton 23, folder 15

The Golden Bowl, undated

carton 23, folder 16

Guerrilla Theatre U.S.A., 1971

carton 23, folder 17-20, carton 24, folder 1

How I Became Howard Johnson, undated, 1971-1972

carton 24, folder 2

Lost and Found Lamp, 1965

carton 24, folder 3

Pan-Africanism Anthology, Black Scholar, undated, 1970-1975

carton 24, folder 4-7

Radical Theatre U.S.A., undated, 1968-1971

carton 24, folder 8-9

The Secret Cross of Lorraine, undated

carton 24, folder 10

Seven Romanian Poets, 1971

carton 24, folder 11

Trouble at the Top, 1974

carton 24, folder 12-13

Twenty-Five Year of the Endless War, undated, 1970

carton 24, folder 14

Un-American Express, 1971-1972

 

Series 3: Authors, undated, 1954-1987

carton 24, folder 15-17, carton 25, carton 26, folder 1-13, folder 1-6

Correspondence, 1978-1987

carton 26, folder 7-9

Aldridge, Josephine H., 1960-1987

carton 26, folder 10

Baker, Laura, 1957-1972

carton 26, folder 11

Byrd, Ernestine N., 1956-1972

carton 26, folder 12

City Lights, 1970-1971

carton 26, folder 13

Cleary, Beverly, undated, 1959, 1966, 1969, 1973

carton 26, folder 14

Clifford, Sandy, 1978-1984

carton 26, folder 15-16

Coates, Belle, undated, 1979-1982

carton 26, folder 17

Codrescu, Andrei, 1971-1973

carton 26, folder 18

Davis, Ronald G., 1968-1975

carton 26, folder 19

DeJong, David Cornel, 1957-1969

carton 26, folder 20

Fisher, Anne B., 1956-1966

carton 26, folder 21

Garthwaite, Marion, 1954, 1959, 1967

carton 26, folder 22

Gorn, Lester, 1970-1971

carton 26, folder 23

Hare, Nathan, 1970-1983

carton 26, folder 24

Hart, Jeanne McGahey, 1956-1964

carton 27, folder 1

Herman, Jan, 1970-1971

carton 27, folder 2

Hewitt, Elizabeth A., 1956-1969

carton 27, folder 3

Hitchcock, Patricia, 1965-1971

carton 27, folder 4

Jacob, Helen, undated, 1956-1973

carton 27, folder 5

Kamstra, Jerry, 1970-1973

carton 27, folder 6-7

Kassem, Lou, 1984-1986

carton 27, folder 8

Kilian, Crawford, 1967-1974

carton 27, folder 9-14

Kroeber, Theodora, 1957-1981

carton 27, folder 15

Lawson, Annette, 1979-1981, 1986

carton 27, folder 16-17

Le Guin, Ursula K., 1969-1979

carton 27, folder 18

Levitin, Sonia, 1971-1984

carton 27, folder 19-20

Locke, Robert, 1972, 1980-1984

carton 27, folder 21

Metcalf, Neal, undated, 1971-1972

carton 27, folder 22

Morgan, Dale L., 1960-1963

carton 27, folder 23

Ormondroyd, Edward, undated, 1965-1984

carton 28, folder 1

Painter, Charlotte, 1971-1973

carton 28, folder 2

Parkinson, Tom, undated, 1971-1972

carton 28, folder 3

Pratt, Elsa and Davis, 1967-1968

carton 28, folder 4

Priolo, Pauline, 1960-1971

carton 28, folder 5

Ritchie, Barbara, 1960-1971

carton 28, folder 6

Say, Allen, undated, 1979-1980, 1985

carton 28, folder 7

Sparks, John E., 1970, 1972

carton 28, folder 8

Stoutenberg, Adrien, 1956-1961

carton 28, folder 9

Thewlis, Diana, 1984, 1986

carton 28, folder 10

Treganza, Adan E., 1959-1960

carton 28, folder 11

Treganza, Marion, 1961

carton 28, folder 12

Ziner, Feenie, 1957-1966, 1970

carton 28, folder 13

Zolotow, Charlotte, 1956-1971

 

Series 4: Subject Files, undated, 1944-1989

carton 28, folder 14

10th Anniversary Party, American Library Association Convention, Clift Hotel, San Francisco, 1967

carton 28, folder 15-19

American Book Publishers Council, Inc., 1960-1974

carton 28, folder 20

Articles, 1960, 1963

carton 28, folder 21

Baboushka and Friendly Beasts Record, undated, 1958-1962

carton 28, folder 22

Caldecott Medal, Baboushka and The Three Kings, 1961, 1963

carton 28, folder 23

California State Department of Education, 1955-1966

carton 28, folder 24

Certificates, undated, 1955-1962

carton 28, folder 25, carton 29, folder 1-3

Children's Book Council, 1958-1982

carton 29, folder 4-17

Houghton Mifflin Company, undated, 1957-1989

carton 29, folder 18

Library Service Company, Inc., 1962-1964

carton 29, folder 19

Literary Awards and Contests, 1957-1967

carton 29, folder 20

Music Composition, Sanks, Mary Clement, 1957-1979

carton 29, folder 21

NCTE Convention, Children's Book Council, Pre-Conference, Las Vegas, 1971

carton 29, folder 22, carton 30, folder 1-2

Personal Projects, Schein, Herman, undated, 1944-1985

carton 30, folder 3-6

Presentations, undated, 1962-1971

carton 30, folder 7

Publishers, General, undated, 1956-1959

carton 30, folder 8-12

Speeches, 1959-1977

carton 30, folder 13

Standard Oil Company, undated, 1958-1959

carton 30, folder 14

"A View From Parnassus," Top of the News, American Library Association, 1967

 

Artifacts, undated

oversize-box 32, item 1-6

BFA Educational Media, Audiocassette and Film Strip, undated,

Scope and Content Note

Includes sets for Broderick and Theodore.
cardfile-box 1, item 1-10

Cuts, undated

oversize-box 32, item 7-8

Glass Slides, undated

oversize-box 32, item 9-11

Reel-to-Reel Audio Tapes, undated,

Scope and Content Note

Includes two tapes on The Emperor and the Drummer Boy, and one on Baboushka and the Three Kings. Ruth Robbins reads on all tapes.