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Robert L. May collection

MS-630
 Collection
Identifier: MS-630
Contains holograph manuscripts of three of May's children's stories, including "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer" (Montgomery Ward, 1939) "Winking Willie" (Maxton, 1948) and "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer Shines Again" (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. In addition there are six boxes with the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue and a 1976 letter from May to Charles Norton describing the copyright and publishing history of Rudolph.

Dates

  • 1939-1954; 1976

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Extent

9.75 linear ft. (9 boxes)

Overview

Robert Lewis May (1905-1976), advertising editor. Dartmouth College Class of 1926. Contains holograph manuscripts for May's children's books, including "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; illustrations and mockups for the book and May's scrapbook related to the publication of "Rudolph," as well as original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue.

Repository Details

Part of the Rauner Special Collections Library Repository

Contact:
6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA