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Munro Leaf was born in Hamilton, Maryland on December 4, 1905, and grew up in Washington, D.C. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Maryland and M.A. from Harvard University, Leaf first worked as an English teacher (including a stint at the Montgomery School, which was at that time a boys prep school in Wynnewood) before moving to New York City with his wife, Margaret, in 1932. His first city job was as a manuscript reader at Bobbs-Merrill, but within the year he had moved to the F.A. Stokes Company where he remained an editor and a director until leaving to write full-time in 1939.

Leaf’s first book, Grammar Can Be Fun, was the first in a long series of “Can Be Fun” books written and illustrated by Leaf. It was published by Stokes in 1934 and included his “scratchy pencil indications of what the artist was supposed to draw.” That same year Leaf published Lo, the Poor Indian under the pseudonym Mun, but tended to leave it out when recounting his career. Leaf’s most lasting recognition was for writing The Story of Ferdinand, published in 1936 and illustrated by his friend Robert Lawson. Leaf wrote Ferdinand for Lawson, who had been disappointed with his lack of creative freedom as an illustrator. In 1938, Disney’s short-film animated adaptation “Ferdinand the Bull” was released to enormous fanfare and merchandising opportunities; Leaf was known to wryly comment that the hit movie made Leaf, Lawson, and their publisher Viking Press a grand total of $800 split three ways. Another big hit came in 1937 when Leaf collaborated with Ludwig Bemelmans, best known for writing and illustrating Madeleine (1939) and its sequels, on the book Noodle, inspired by Hendrik Van Loon’s dachshund.

Although Leaf is best remembered as an author of children’s books, much of his life was spent working for the United States government. Leaf enlisted in the Army in 1942 and collaborated with Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) on a War Department health pamphlet on malaria, “This Is Ann,” although neither Leaf nor Geisel were credited. After leaving the Army in 1946, Leaf returned to the State Department as a Specialist in 1960, traveling with his wife on Foreign Service lecture tours throughout Europe and Asia. Many of his children’s books of this period were directed towards explaining (and fighting) Communism and promoting world peace. Throughout his career, Leaf was highly regarded for his “chalk talks” to schoolchildren both in his home in Andover and around the world. Although he is perhaps most well-known for his collaborations with Lawson, Leaf was a prolific illustrator of what he called his “stick figures.” He acknowledged that “I can’t draw and I never said I could. I think I am equal to a five-year-old, if he did not go to a progressive school.” Leaf published more than fifty books, most as author and illustrator, and many remain in print and widely read today.

Bibliography:

Children’s Literature Review, vol. 25.

Leaf, Munro. “Just for Fun.” Publishers Weekly Volume 130: 1975.

Something About the Author, vol. 20.

This collection contains the literary papers of author and illustrator Munro Leaf. Fifty-eight titles (both published and unpublished) are represented, most notably manuscript drafts and illustrations from Leaf’s long-running Can Be Fun series, the original handwritten draft of The Story of Ferdinand (1936), an early draft of Noodle (1937), and a large pastel drawing of Noodle by the book’s illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans, inscribed to Munro and Margaret Leaf. Also of interest are Leaf’s Watchbird cartoons and related materials, serialized in the Ladies' Home Journal and published in six compilations, and materials from his time in the Army during World War II and as a specialist for the United States Information Agency and Foreign Service. The collection dates between 1918 and 1983 (bulk 1936-1976) and includes audiotapes, blueline proofs, books, correspondence, clippings, drafts, a filmstrip, galley proofs, government memoranda, illustrations (primarily in graphite and pen and ink, but also in colored pencil, gouache, marker, and pastel), typescripts, photographs, promotional materials, and a scrapbook from one of Leaf’s lecture tours. There is also a variety of unusual merchandise ephemera from the Walt Disney adaptation “Ferdinand the Bull” (1938), including a charm bracelet, decorative buttons, and quilting squares.

This collection is arranged in seven series: I. Articles, essays, and speeches; II. Book manuscripts and illustrations; III. Clippings, reprints, and scrapbook; IV. Correspondence; V. Promotional materials, photographs, and ephemera; VI. Published volumes; VII. U.S. Army and Foreign Service work.

The first series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

The second series includes forty-four subseries, arranged alphabetically by title. Within it, "The Story of Ferdinand" includes all materials, regardless of format, related to the book and its adaptations. This arrangement most closely approximates Leaf's original order.

The third series includes three subseries: i. Clippings; ii. “Lecture Tour” scrapbook; iii. Reprints. The subseries for the scrapbook preserves Munro Leaf’s original order, while the remaining subseries are arranged chronologically.

The fourth series includes three subseries: i. Fan mail; ii. Personal correspondence; iii. Professional correspondence. The first subseries is arranged alphabetically by folder title, the remaining subseries are arranged chronologically.

The fifth series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

The sixth series is arranged alphabetically by title.

The seventh series includes six subseries: i. Articles and speeches; ii. Correspondence and memoranda; iii. Foreign Service clippings; iv. Itineraries; v. Manuscripts and illustrations; vi. Photographs. The third and fourth subseries are arranged chronologically, with all other subseries arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Gift of Margaret Leaf, 1977-1983.

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

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Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
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The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.

Collection Inventory

Autobiographical sketch, photocopy of typescript, 2 copies, circa 1950-1976.
Box 3 Folder 1
"The Moppet Looks at Psychiatry," partial manuscript and typescript, circa 1948-1970.
Box 3 Folder 2
On being childish, typescript, circa 1950-1976.
Box 3 Folder 3
On laughter in children's books, typescript, 1937.
Box 3 Folder 4
"The Prose Function of The Tatler," manuscript draft, circa 1926-1931.
Box 3 Folder 5
"Save Some Time for Books," typescript, 1950.
Box 3 Folder 6
"Speech for 'Churchman' Award to Bernard Baruch," carbon copy, 1944.
Box 3 Folder 7
Speech honoring Dean Rusk, typescript and carbon copy, 1968.
Box 3 Folder 8
Speech for Hubert Humphrey's 1968 Presidential campaign, manuscript draft, 1968.
Box 3 Folder 9
"Swing Those Tassels," carbon copy, circa 1935-1940.
Box 3 Folder 10
"What Have You Got to Lose?" manuscript draft and carbon copy, circa 1960-1976.
Box 3 Folder 11
"When Will I Grow Up?" typescript, circa 1939-1941.
Box 3 Folder 12
"You're Out to Change the World," manuscript draft, circa 1938-1976.
Box 3 Folder 13

Manuscript draft with graphite illustrations.
Box 4 Folder 1
Partial dummy with graphite illustrations, 16 pages.
Box 4 Folder 2
Introduction, carbon copy.
Box 4 Folder 3
Outline with sketches.
Box 4 Folder 4
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 5
Corrected typescript.
Box 4 Folder 6
Corrected galley proofs, 2 copies.
Box 15 Folder 2
Preliminary art for title page, graphite on tracing paper with galley proof attached.
Box 15 Folder 6
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 7
Typescript and carbon copy.
Box 4 Folder 8
Small dummy with graphite illustrations, 34 pages.
Box 4 Folder 9
Bound dummy with graphite illustrations, 42 pages.
Box 4 Folder 10
Play, carbon copy.
Earlier dummy with graphite illustrations, 76 pages.
Box 4 Folder 12
Partial later dummy with colored pencil on page proof illustrations pasted in, 86 pages.
Box 4 Folder 13
Preliminary art for title page, colored pencil and graphite on paper.
Box 12 Folder 1
Partial final art, pen and ink on paper, 11 sheets.
Box 12 Folder 2
Page proofs of illustrations, 2 items.
Box 4 Folder 14
Scope and Contents note

"Ferdinand's Fables" was a series of short stories written and illustrated by Munro Leaf. They were serialized in Woman's Day between 1963 and 1965.

Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 15
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 3 sheets.
Box 4 Folder 16
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 17
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 3 sheets.
Box 4 Folder 18
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 19
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 20
Typescript.
Box 4 Folder 21
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 22
Typescript.
Box 4 Folder 23
Corrected carbon copy.
Box 4 Folder 24
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet.
Box 4 Folder 25
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 26
Carbon copy.
Box 4 Folder 27
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet.
Box 14 Folder 1
Typescript.
Box 4 Folder 28
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet.
Box 4 Folder 29
Typescript.
Box 4 Folder 30
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets.
Box 4 Folder 31
Typescript.
Box 4 Folder 32
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 3 sheets.
Box 4 Folder 33
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 34
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets.
Box 4 Folder 35
Typescript.
Box 4 Folder 36
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets.
Box 4 Folder 37
Carbon copy.
Box 4 Folder 38
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 39
Carbon copy.
Box 4 Folder 40
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 3 sheets.
Box 4 Folder 41
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 42
Carbon copy.
Box 4 Folder 43
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets.
Box 4 Folder 44
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 45
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 46
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet.
Box 14 Folder 2
Carbon copy.
Box 4 Folder 47
Illustrations, pen and ink on board, 1 sheet.
Box 14 Folder 3
Corrected carbon copy.
Box 4 Folder 48
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet.
Box 14 Folder 4
Manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 49
Illustrations, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets.
Box 4 Folder 50
"Hail and Farewell," typescript.
Box 4 Folder 51
On juvenile delinquency, typescript.
Box 4 Folder 51
Illustrations of birds, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets.
Box 4 Folder 52
Illustrations of birds, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet.
Box 4 Folder 52
Illustrations of cats and dogs, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet.
Box 4 Folder 52
Illustration of Ferdinand writing a fable, pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet.
Box 4 Folder 52
"Willie Won't Try," pen and ink on paper pasted to board, 1 sheet.
Box 4 Folder 52
Earlier manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 53
Later manuscript draft.
Box 4 Folder 54
Carbon copies, 2 sets.
Box 4 Folder 55
Manuscript draft with graphite illustrations.
Box 5 Folder 1
Partial final art, graphite on paper and tracing paper, 18 sheets.
Box 14 Folder 5
Printer's proof of pages 32 and 33.
Box 14 Folder 6
Manuscript draft.
Box 5 Folder 2
Preliminary art for cover, pen and ink and watercolor on construction paper, 2 sheets.
Box 5 Folder 3
Preliminary art for page 8, pen and ink and watercolor on tracing paper, 1 sheet.
Box 5 Folder 4
Manuscript draft.
Box 5 Folder 5
Manuscript draft.
Box 5 Folder 6
Manuscript draft with graphite illustrations.
Box 5 Folder 7
Corrected typescript.
Box 5 Folder 8
Manuscript outline and draft.
Box 5 Folder 9
Preliminary sketches, marker and pen and ink on paper, 10 sheets.
Box 5 Folder 10
Complete set of final art, marker and pen and ink on paper, 51 sheets.
Box 5 Folder 11
Manuscript draft.
Box 5 Folder 12
Page proof for potential endpapers.
Box 5 Folder 13
Partial final art, graphite and marker on paper, 13 sheets.
Box 5 Folder 14
Manuscript outline and draft.
Box 5 Folder 15
Partial typescript and revised carbon copy.
Box 5 Folder 16
Dummy with colored pencil and graphite illustrations, 17 pages.
Box 5 Folder 17
Preliminary art for pages 6 and 7, graphite and pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets.
Box 14 Folder 7
Final art for cover and spine lettering, ink on paper pasted to board, 2 sheets.
Box 14 Folder 8
Partial final art, graphite and pen and ink on paper, 34 sheets.
Box 14 Folder 9
Hand-colored printer's proofs, 13 sheets.
Box 14 Folder 10
Manuscript draft.
Box 5 Folder 18
Preliminary art for cover, graphite, marker, and pen and ink on paper, 1 sheet.
Box 5 Folder 19
Manuscript draft with graphite illustrations and page layouts.
Box 5 Folder 20
Dummy with graphite and pen and ink illustrations, 66 pages.
Box 5 Folder 21
Partial final art, pen and ink on paper, 9 sheets.
Box 12 Folder 3
Manuscript notes and early draft with pen and ink illustrations.
Box 5 Folder 22
Intermediate draft, photocopy.
Box 5 Folder 23
Corrected typescript.
Box 5 Folder 24
Galley proofs and revised galley proofs, 3 sets.
Box 15 Folder 3
Blueline proofs, 63 pages.
Box 5 Folder 25
Preliminary sketches, marker and pen and ink on paper, 25 sheets.
Box 15 Folder 4
Final art for book cover, page proof pasted to layout board with brown, magenta, and yellow color separations, and tracing paper overlay with notes, 6 sheets.
Box 15 Folder 5
Final page proofs pasted to layout board, 32 sheets.
Box 15 Folder 6
Unused illustration of a dog on a ruler, oil pastel and pen and ink on paper, 1 sheet.
Box 15 Folder 7
Manuscript draft with graphite illustrations.
Box 16 Folder 1
Manuscript notes.
Box 5 Folder 26
Manuscript outline.
Box 16 Folder 2
Play, earlier manuscript draft.
Box 16 Folder 3
Play, later manuscript draft.
Box 5 Folder 27
Manuscript draft.
Box 5 Folder 28
Unused illustration of Noodle and the dog fairy, inscribed to Munro Leaf by Ludwig Bemelmans, pastel and pen and ink on paper.
Drawer Map Case #7
Partial manuscript draft.
Box 5 Folder 29
Preliminary sketches, graphite on paper, 4 items.
Box 5 Folder 30
Early manuscript draft with graphite illustrations.
Box 5 Folder 31
Partial dummy with graphite illustrations, 10 pages.
Box 5 Folder 32
Partial dummy, graphite on paper, 16 pages.
Box 5 Folder 33
Dummy with graphite and watercolor illustrations, 40 pages.
Box 5 Folder 34
Photocopies of redrawn illustrations for 1964 Malay edition, 28 items.
Box 5 Folder 35
Manuscript outline.
Box 6 Folder 1
Partial final art, marker on paper, 19 sheets.
Box 12 Folder 4
Scope and Contents note

Includes a signed note from Munro Leaf identifying them as original drawings.

Typescript.
Box 12 Folder 5
Illustrations, colored pencil, crayon, graphite, and pen and ink on paper, 1 sheet.
Box 6 Folder 2
Manuscript draft.
Box 6 Folder 3
Alternate version of cover, gouache and graphite on photostat pasted to board.
Box 6 Folder 4
Partial final art, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets.
Box 6 Folder 5
Partial final art, pen and ink on paper taped to board, 5 items.
Box 14 Folder 11
Manuscript outline and notes.
Box 6 Folder 6
Early manuscript draft with graphite illustrations.
Box 6 Folder 7
Revised typescript.
Box 6 Folder 8
"The Mississippi" and "The Seine," typescripts.
Box 6 Folder 9
Carbon copy.
Box 6 Folder 10
Arrangement note

This subseries includes seven subgroups: Adaptations, Clippings and reprints, Correspondence, Ephemera, Manuscript drafts, Photographs, and Promotional materials. This arrangement preserves Leaf's original order.

"The Ballad of Ferdinan': A Folk Rock Opera," program, 1972.
Box 8 Folder 1
Scene layout, carbon copy, 1938 May 19.
Box 8 Folder 2
Dialogue, typescript, 1938 July 15.
Box 8 Folder 3
Minutes from story meeting, carbon copy, 1938 November 20.
Box 8 Folder 4
Character sheets, 11 items, 1938.
Box 14 Folder 12
Original animation cels, paint on celluloid, 2 items, 1938.
Box 14 Folder 13
"Ferdinand the Bull," sheet music, 1938.
Box 8 Folder 5
"De Ferdinando," typescript of student Latin translation, 1938.
Box 8 Folder 6
"Fernando el Feroz: A Musical Play for Beginning Spanish Students," script, 2 copies, 1974.
Box 8 Folder 7
"Isabella Was the Girl Next Door," clipping of short story, 1937.
Box 8 Folder 8
"Springtime for Ferdinand," poem typescript, 1937.
Box 8 Folder 9
Script, 1939.
Box 8 Folder 10
Photocopy of program, 1939.
Box 8 Folder 11
"The Story of Ferdinand: A Symphonic Tale," full piano score, 1943.
Box 8 Folder 12
"Parade to the Bull Ring," full band arrangement score, 1943.
Box 8 Folder 13
Correspondence and newsletters from the Federal Theatre at George Mason, 1975-1976.
Box 8 Folder 14
"Zgodba o Ferdinandu," Puppet Theatre of Ljubljana, correspondence and program, 1978-1979.
Box 8 Folder 15
Clippings and reprints, 1936-1979, undated.
Box 11 Folder 1-6 Box 16 Folder 4
Correspondence, 1936-1974, undated.
Box 8 Folder 16-17
Audiotape (also includes Wee Gillis), 1938-1939.
Box 13 Reel 4
Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, program, 1976.
Box 8 Folder 18
Charm bracelet, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, circa 1938.
Box 2
"Color Range for Ferdinand the Bull," fabric swatches, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, 1938.
Box 8 Folder 19
Decorative buttons, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, circa 1938.
Box 13 Object 2
"Doctorate of Laughing," presented to Munro Leaf by the West Side Kindergarten, 1940 June.
Box 8 Folder 20
"Ferdinand the Bull Candy," paper wrapper, circa 1938.
Box 8 Folder 21
Greeting cards, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, 5 items, 1938.
Box 8 Folder 22
Pencil sharpener, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, circa 1938.
Box 13 Object 3
Quilt squares, designed by Walt Disney Enterprises, circa 1938.
Box 8 Folder 23
"Walt Disney's Ferdinand the Bull Stationery", circa 1938.
Box 8 Folder 24
Manuscript draft on yellow legal notepaper.
Box 1
Corrected typescript and carbon copy.
Box 8 Folder 25
Final typescript.
Box 8 Folder 26
Bullock's department store window display, Los Angeles, 1 item, circa 1939.
Box 8 Folder 27
Munro Leaf visiting the set of a Polish puppet show, 2 items, 1964.
Box 8 Folder 28
Photograph of the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoon), 1 item, 1938.
Box 8 Folder 29
Publicity prints of animation cels from Walt Disney Production's "Ferdinand the Bull," 36 items, 1938.
Box 8 Folder 30-31
Puppet Theatre of Ljubljana, 2 items, 1978.
Box 8 Folder 32
Selfridge's department store window display for Disney adaptation, London, 8 items, 1939.
Box 8 Folder 33
Viking Press publicity photographs, 10 items, circa 1936.
Box 8 Folder 34 Box 12 Folder 14
WPA Federal Theatre Project's Marionette Theatre, 11 items, 1939.
Box 8 Folder 35
Free Library of Philadelphia keepsake facsimile of manuscript on yellow legal notepaper, 3 copies, 1983.
Box 8 Folder 36
Viking Press materials, 9 items, 1937-1986.
Box 8 Folder 37
Walt Disney Productions materials, 3 items, 1938.
Box 8 Folder 38 Box 14 Folder 14
Manuscript draft.
Box 6 Folder 11
Carbon copy.
Box 6 Folder 12
Manuscript draft in bound book.
Box 6 Folder 13
Filmstrip text, stats.
Box 6 Folder 14
Filmstrip.
Box 13 Reel 1
Manuscript draft.
Box 6 Folder 15
Corrected typescript.
Box 6 Folder 16
Partial final art, marker on board and paper, 19 sheets.
Box 12 Folder 6 Box 17 Folder 1-8
Unused illustration of a rhinoceros, marker on paper.
Box 17 Folder 9
Manuscript notes with graphite sketches, 2 sheets.
Box 6 Folder 17
Typescript.
Box 6 Folder 18
Preliminary art for cover, colored pencil and graphite on paper with proofs pasted in.
Box 14 Folder 15
Partial final art, graphite and pen and ink on paper, 10 sheets.
Box 14 Folder 16
Printer's proofs of illustrations, 50 items.
Box 6 Folder 19
Scope and Contents note

This series combines all of Munro Leaf's Watchbirds materials. Beginning in 1938, Munro Leaf's Watchbirds cartoons were a recurring column in the Ladies' Home Journal, and were eventually compiled and published in six books: The Watchbirds (1938), More Watchbirds (1940), Fly Away, Watchbird (1941), 3 and 30 Watchbirds (1944), Flock of Watchbirds (1946), and Four and Twenty Watchbirds (1990).

Preliminary sketches, pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets.
Box 6 Folder 20
Caption typescripts, 5 sheets.
Box 6 Folder 21
Final art, pen and ink on board, 19 items.
Box 6 Folder 22
Final art, colored pencil, marker, and pen and ink on paper, 75 items.
Box 6 Folder 23-24 Box 12 Folder 7
Final art, colored pencil, graphite, and pen and ink on tracing paper, 3 items.
Box 12 Folder 8
Final art, gouache, graphite, marker, and pen and ink on paper with text pasted on, 3 sheets.
Box 12 Folder 9
Red color separations, marker, pen and ink, and watercolor on tracing paper pasted to page proofs, 51 items.
Box 12 Folder 10-11
Stats of illustrations, 5 sheets.
Box 6 Folder 25
"The Watchbird Song," manuscript sheet music and photocopy.
Box 12 Folder 12
Manuscript draft.
Box 6 Folder 26
Manuscript draft.
Box 6 Folder 27
Manuscript outline.
Box 6 Folder 28
Corrected typescript.
Box 6 Folder 29
Illustration, marker on paper, 1 sheet.
Box 6 Folder 30
Manuscript draft in bound notebook.
Box 7 Folder 1
Partial dummy with graphite illustrations and preliminary text pasted in, 20 pages.
Box 7 Folder 2
Corrected typescript.
Box 7 Folder 3
Galley proofs, 5 sheets.
Box 15 Folder 8
Preliminary sketch, graphite on paper, 1 sheet.
Box 7 Folder 4
Photographic illustrations, 7 items.
Box 7 Folder 5
Partial final art, pen and ink on paper, 4 sheets.
Box 7 Folder 6
Final art for cover, black and white photographic print and colored gels pasted to board, with pen and ink and opaque white on acetate overlay, 2 sheets.
Box 7 Folder 7
Complete set of printer's proofs and text pasted to layout boards, 21 sheets.
Box 12 Folder 13
Blueline proofs, 40 pages.
Box 7 Folder 8
Partial manuscript draft.
Box 7 Folder 9

Checkaway: The Magazine for Classroom Fun, 1954-1956.
Box 9 Folder 12
Clippings, 1934-1939.
Box 9 Folder 1-3 Box 16 Folder 5
Clippings, 1940-1949.
Box 9 Folder 4-5 Box 16 Folder 5
Clippings, 1950-1959.
Box 16 Folder 6 Box 9 Folder 5
Clippings, 1960-1969.
Box 9 Folder 7 Box 16 Folder 5-6
Clippings, 1970-1979.
Box 9 Folder 8 Box 16 Folder 6
Clippings, undated.
Box 9 Folder 9
"Lecture Tour: California, Oregon, Washington," scrapbook, November-December 1939.
Box 18 Box 9 Folder 10
General Physical Description note

Original scrapbook (Box 17) is in poor condition, and a preservation copy has been made for research use (Box 9, folder 10).

Reprints, 1937-1968.
Box 9 Folder 11

Scope and Contents note

This series is primarily fan mail, mostly by children writing as part of a class assignment. It also includes some business correspondence from Leaf's publishers and literary agents and a folder of personal letters. Of particular interest is an affectionate note from Ludwig Bemelmans that includes a watercolor sketch of Noodle (from their 1937 collaboration of the same name).

Birthday cards from first-graders at Emerson Elementary School, 1966.
Box 3 Folder 14
Elementary school students' questions about the USSR, circa 1962-1963.
Box 3 Folder 15
Fan letters, 1965-1966, undated.
Box 3 Folder 16
Fan mail from the students at J. George Brecht School, 1962.
Box 3 Folder 17
Thank you letters from third-graders at Henson Elementary School, 1967.
Box 3 Folder 18
Personal correspondence, 1938-1963.
Box 3 Folder 19
Professional correspondence, 1948-1982.
Box 11 Folder 11 Box 3 Folder 20

Brochures, pamphlets, posters, and programs illustrated by Munro Leaf, 11 items, 1942-1968.
Box 3 Folder 21
Scope and Contents note

This folder includes material designed by Leaf for organizations he supported, such as Grace-New Haven Community Hospital, Andover Alumni Fund, Memorial Hall Library, etc., as well as material Leaf produced for hire.

Checkaway cardboard cutouts and posters, 25 items, 1954-1956.
Box 16 Box 3 Folder 22
"The Checkaway Story: A Tested Successful Answer to One of Today's Biggest Problems," teacher's manual, 1955.
Box 3 Folder 23
"The Hobby Horse Presents," interview with Munro Leaf, 2 78 RPM records, 30 October 1948.
Box 14
Noodle promotional photograph, 1937.
Box 3 Folder 24
Publisher brochures and one-sheets from F.A. Stokes and Lippincott, 9 items, 1934-1964.
Box 3 Folder 25
Reprint of photograph of a young Munro Leaf with friends, circa 1918-1921.
Box 3 Folder 26
Robert Francis Weatherbee cardboard display cutout, 1935.
Box 3 Folder 27
Sam and the Superdroop cardboard display cutouts, 3 items, 1948.
Box 3 Folder 28
"Simple Samples of the World's Best Stories," 4 items, circa 1939.
Box 12 Folder 15
Songs of Safety: Song-Stories with Orchestra and Sound Effects, Frank Luther, 78 RPM record, circa 1960.
Box 14
W. Colston Leigh Speakers Bureau brochures, 2 items, 1958-1964.
Box 3 Folder 29
"Boscul's Bloopers," 13 items, circa 1940-1960.
Box 3 Folder 30
"Children's Dental Health Week," oversize poster, 1953.
Box 15 Folder 1
Watchbirds calendar, 2 copies, 1978.
Box 3 Folder 31
Wee Gillis poster, 1938.
Box 3 Folder 32
Wee Gillis, recited by Sterling Holloway on the Charlie McCarthy Program, 1 78 RPM record, 22 January 1939.
Box 14

Leaf, Munro. A War-time Handbook for Young Americans. Philadelphia: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1942.
Leaf, Munro. Arithmetic Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1949.
Leaf, Munro. Arithmetic Can Be Fun. Dacca: Standard Publications, 1958.
Scope and Contents note

Includes publisher's report of publication from Franklin Publications, Inc.

Leaf, Munro. Being an American Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1964.
Leaf, Munro. Berattelsen om Ferdinand. Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Forlag, 1938.
Leaf, Munro. Bergembira dengan badan yang sehat. Kuala Lumpur: Union Press Organization, 1963.
Leaf, Munro. Boo, pojken som var morkradd. Stockholm: AB Lindqvists Forlag, 1956.
Leaf, Munro. Cherita Ferdinan si-lembu garang. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia, 1965.
Leaf, Munro. Da jia he zuo. Taibei Shi: Taiwan dong fang shu dian, 1954.
Leaf, Munro. De geschiedenis van Ferdinand. 's-Gravehage: Nederlandse Boekenclub, 1968.
Leaf, Munro. De geschiedenis van Ferdinan. Utrecht: A.W. Bruna & Zoon, 1977.
United States. Dept. of the Army. Department of the Army Promotion and Internal Placement Program. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1969.
Leaf, Munro. Det ar roligt att rakna. Stockholm: Natur och Kultur, 1951.
Leaf, Munro. Det er sjovt at vaere rask. Kobenhaven: Thorkild Beck, 1946.
Leaf, Munro. El cuento de Ferdinando. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1962.
Leaf, Munro. El nino que temia la oscuridad. Buenos Aires: Editorial Sigmar, 1952.
Leaf, Munro. Fair Play. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1939.
Leaf, Munro. Fair Play. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1967.
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinand. Denmark: G.E.C. Gads Forlag, 1959.
Scope and Contents note

Includes note from Curtis Brown Ltd.

Leaf, Munro. Ferdinand. Paris: L'ecole des loisirs, 1978.
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinand he sane = Ferdinand ho asem. Accra: Presbyterian Book Depot, circa 1936-1976.
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinand the Bull. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Co., 1938.
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinand, a bika. Budapest: Athanaeum Kiadas, circa 1936-1948.
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinando el toro. Salamanca: Loquez Ediciones, 1978.
Leaf, Munro. Ferdinandus taurus. Londinium: Hamish Hamilton, 1962.
Leaf, Munro. Fernando. Warszawa: Nasza Ksioegarnia, 1966.
Leaf, Munro. Flock of Watchbirds. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1946.
Leaf, Munro. Fly Away, Watchbird!: A Picture Book of Behavior. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1941.
Leaf, Munro. Geography Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1951.
Leaf, Munro. Geography Can Be Fun. London: Ward, Lock, & Co., Limited, 1958.
Leaf, Munro. Geography Can Be Fun. Dacca: Sir Syed College Publications, 1959.
Leaf, Munro. Gordon the Goat. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1944.
Leaf, Munro. Gordon the Goat. London: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., 1946.
Leaf, Munro. Grammar Can Be Fun. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, circa 1950-1959.
Leaf, Munro. Grammar Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1962.
Calvert, John (pseud. Munro Leaf). Gwendolyn the Goose. New York: Random House, 1946.
Leaf, Munro. Health Can Be Fun. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1943.
Leaf, Munro. Health Can Be Fun. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1943.
Scope and Contents note

Sixteenth printing.

Leaf, Munro. Hidup bersama. Kuala Lumpur: Federal, 1964.
Leaf, Munro. Historien om Ferdinand. Oslo: J.W. Cappelens Forlag, 1938.
Leaf, Munro. History Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1950.
Leaf, Munro. I Hate You I Hate You. Boston: Sterling Institute Press, Prudential Tower, 1968.
The Illustrated London News. November 16, 1950, vol. 217, no. 5821A. London: Illustrated London News.
Scope and Contents note

RBD copy 2: Variant edition, published by the International News Company, New York, with different numbering: vol. 127, no. 3316A.

Images. Cairo: Dar al-Hilal., 1961.
Scope and Contents note

Contains article on Munro Leaf, "Munro Leaf a revolutionne la litterature enfantine," on p. 20-21.

Leaf, Munro. Jens og katten Alexander. Copenhagen: Skrifola, 1956.
Leaf, Munro. John Henry Davis. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1940.
Leaf, Munro. Kenko daiichi. Tokyo: Gakushu Kenkyu Sha, 1969.
Leaf, Munro. Laten wij het beter doen! Amsterdam: Buijten & Schipperheijn, 1947.
Leaf, Munro. Let's Do Better. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1945.
Life. November 28, 1938, vol. 5, no. 22. Chicago: Time Inc.
Scope and Contents note

Article on the animated film adaptation of Munro Leaf's "The Story of Ferdinand" on p. 34-36.

Leaf, Munro. Little Alonzo. New York: R.H. Macy & Co. Inc., 1938.
Mun (pseud. Munro Leaf). Lo, the Poor Indian. New York: Leaf, Mahony, Seidel & Stokes, Publishers, 1934.
Look. November 22, 1938, vol. 2, no. 24. Des Moines, Iowa: LOOK Inc.
Scope and Contents note

Article on the animated film adaption of Munro Leaf's "The Story of Ferdinand" on p.40-41.

Leaf, Munro. Lucky You. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1955.
Leaf, Munro. Manners Can Be Fun. London: Ward, Lock, & Co., Limited, circa 1950-1959.
Scope and Contents note

Includes letter dated January 27, 1953, from Martha E. Robison of the Children's Fresh Air Farm to Frederick A. Stokes & Co.

Leaf, Munro. Menjaga tingkah laku. Kuala Lumpur: Angkatan Baru, 1967.
Leaf, Munro. Metric Can Be Fun! Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1976.
Leaf, Munro. Minna no sekai. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1963.
Leaf, Munro. Minna no sekai = You and I. Kanda Tokyo: Shin Sekai Bunka Sha Ltd., 1947.
Scope and Contents note

Publication information and publisher's inspection stamp pasted on back cover.

Leaf, Munro. Moro a vaere snill. Oslo: J.W. Cappelens Forlag, 1947.
Leaf, Munro. My Book to Help America. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Company, 1942.
Scope and Contents note

Includes an empty 10 cent defense stamp album in back cover.

Leaf, Munro. Noodle. New York: Four Winds Press, 1965.
Leaf, Munro. O touro Ferdinando. Sao Paulo: Edicoes Melhoramentos, 1936.
Leaf, Munro. O touro Ferdinando. Rio de Janeiro: Distribuidora Records, 1964.
Leaf, Munro. Otto abunai. Tokyo: Gakushu Kenkyu Sha, 1968.
Scope and Contents note

Includes printed advertisements for children's books.

La Pologne. No. 2 (102) Fevrier 1963. Warsaw: Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse Parisienne.
Scope and Contents note

Article by Munro Leaf, "Les petits 'vive-la-joie' polonais," regarding The Story of Ferdinand and Polish children, on p. 12-15.

Publishers Weekly. Vol. 190, no. 8, August 22, 1966. Philadelphia: R. Bowker Co.
Scope and Contents note

Advertisement for The Story of Ferdinand, p. 23. Article on The Story of Ferdinand, p. 54-55.

Publishers Weekly. Vol. 190, no. 10, September 5, 1966. Philadelphia: R. Bowker Co.
Scope and Contents note

Mention of an advertising campaign for The Story of Ferdinand on p. 54.

The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress. Vol. 34, no. 3, July 1977. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress.
Scope and Contents note

Mention and facsimile of an annotated copy of The Story of Ferdinand on p. 238-239.

Leaf, Munro. Reading Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1953.
Scope and Contents note

Tenth printing.

Leaf, Munro. Robert Francis Weatherbee. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1935.
Scope and Contents note

Inscribed on endpaper by Munro Leaf: "For Florence, with all of the best wishes of R.F. Weatherbee and Ferdinand and Munro Leaf. Ft. Prince, 1944." Inscription illustrated by Leaf with a drawing of a girl (Florence), R.F. Weatherbee, Ferdinand, and Munro Leaf.

Leaf, Munro. Robert Francis Weatherbee. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1963.
Leaf, Munro. Robert Francis Weatherbee: The Boy Who Would Not Go to School. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1968.
Leaf, Munro. Safety Can Be Fun. London: Ward, Lock, & Co., Limited, circa 1950-1959.
Leaf, Munro. Safety Can Be Fun. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1938.
Scope and Contents note

Contains annotations in pencil by an unknown author.

Leaf, Munro. Sam and the Superdroop. New York: The Viking Press, 1948.
Leaf, Munro. Science Can Be Fun. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1958.
Scope and Contents note

Sixth printing, with a dust jacket from the seventh printing.

Shankar's Weekly. Vol. 13, no 45, March 26, 1961. New Delhi: Indraprastha Press.
Scope and Contents note

Illustrations by Munro Leaf and article parodying the "Can Be Fun" series on p. 8-9.

Leaf, Munro. Sipuro shel Ferdinand. Tel Aviv: Am oved, 1969.
Leaf, Munro. So- oder so?: Ein ABC des Zusammenlebens. Berlin: Mosiak, 1954.
Scope and Contents note

"Return to M. Leaf" in pencil on front board.

Leaf, Munro. Something to Remember About Eating. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 1967.
Leaf, Munro. Something to Remember About Medical Care. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 1967.
Story-a-day. Vol. 1, no. 2, October 1, 1953. New York: Story-A-Day Inc.
Leaf, Munro. Subarashii sekai e. Tokyo: Sogei Sha, 1949.
Scope and Contents note

Japan Publishers Association inspection stamp on p. 79.

Leaf, Munro. The Danger of Hiding Our Heads. Washington, D.C.: Committee on the Present Danger, circa 1951.
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, in association with Hamish Hamilton, 1967.
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand (braille). Boston: National Braille Press, 1941.
Scope and Contents note

With a handmade cover featuring a bull on green construction paper, made by the Junior Red Cross in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Leaf, Munro. The Story ov Ferdinand. London: Hamish Hamilton, circa 1936-1978.
Scope and Contents note

Signed on half-title by Munro Leaf and Ella Griffin. Also signed on front board by Ella Griffin.

Leaf, Munro. The Watchbirds: A Picture Book of Behavior. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, Inc., 1939.
Scope and Contents note

Inscribed on front paste-down by Munro Leaf: "For Bobby Kenaston, with all the best wishes of The Watchbird and Munro Leaf." Inscription includes a sketch of a boy. "Second Printing, April 17, 1939."--T.p. verso.

Leaf, Munro. The Wishing Pool. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.
Leaf, Munro. Three Promises to You. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1957.
Leaf, Munro. Tiga janji untok mu. Selangor: Bahama, 1963.
Leaf, Munro. Turnabout. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1967.
Menninger, William C. Vad psykiatrin sager om oss sjalva. Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 1952.
Scope and Contents note

Pages are unopened.

Leaf, Munro. Walt Disney's Ferdinand. Amsterdam: L.J. Veen's Uitgevers, 1938.
Leaf, Munro. Walt Disney's Ferdinand the Bull. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Company, 1938.
Leaf, Munro. Walt Disney's Ferdinand the Bull Paint Book. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Company, 1938.
Leaf, Munro. Wan tong luoba ji. Xinjiapo: Ren min xie hui, 1964.
Leaf, Munro. Who Am I? Morristown, New Jersey: Silver Burdett Company, 1968.
Leaf, Munro. Who Cares? I Do. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1972.
Wilson Library Bulletin. September 1964, vol. 39, no. 1. Bronx, N.Y.: H. W. Wilson Co.
Scope and Contents note

Article on Munro Leaf, "Nickle Words for a Golden Mission," on p. 45-47.

Woman's Day. December 1938, vol. 2, no. 3. New York: Stores Publishing Company.
Scope and Contents note

Article by Munro Leaf, "Walt Disney says 'Long Live Santa Claus!'", on p. 4-5, 50.

Would You Like to Be-- /by Munro Leaf. Columbus, Ohio: Highlights for Children., 1965.
Scope and Contents note

Title from cover. At head of title: Highlights Handbook. Series of tear-out posters featuring ill-behaved children illustrated by Munro Leaf, intended to improve manners.

Leaf, Munro. Zgodba o Ferdinandu. Ljubljiana: Mladinska knjiga, 1974.

Autobiographical sketch for application to COMSAT public relations, photocopy of typescript, 1965.
Box 10 Folder 1
"Can You Bake a Cherry Pie?," typescript, circa 1941-1945.
Box 10 Folder 2
"Dignidad," typescript, circa 1960-1976.
Box 10 Folder 3
"Draft Staff Study," manuscript draft, typescript, and carbon copies, 1951.
Box 10 Folder 4
"Good Joe," manuscript draft and typescript, circa 1941-1945.
Box 10 Folder 5
"Heil Horse Feathers," typescript, 1945.
Box 10 Folder 6
"Know Your Men," corrected typescript, circa 1941-1945.
Box 10 Folder 7
"Nation," typescript of speech, 1943.
Box 10 Folder 8
Scope and Contents note

Folder also includes two letters from the War Department related to Munro Leaf's visit and speech.

"A Plan for an Honorable Peace in South Vietnam," photocopy, circa 1968-1975.
Box 10 Folder 9
"A Proposal to Establish Fellowships in a College of American Government," carbon copy, 1947.
Box 10 Folder 10
"Report of Munro Leaf" on Foreign Service exchange, manuscript draft, 1961.
Box 10 Folder 11
"Specialists' Wives," manuscript draft, circa 1961-1964.
Box 10 Folder 12
"The Story of COMSAT," manuscript draft and corrected photocopies, circa 1965-1970.
Box 10 Folder 13-14
"There's One in Every Outfit," manuscript draft and carbon copy, circa 1940-1945.
Box 10 Folder 15
"The U.S. Versus the Army," carbon copy, 1945.
Box 10 Folder 16
"What's in a Name?" manuscript draft, circa 1960-1976.
Box 10 Folder 17
"World Disarmament: Is It Only a Dream?" manuscript draft, circa 1960-1976.
Box 10 Folder 18
Arrangement note

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by folder title but preserves Munro Leaf's original order of filing by subject.

American post-war relations and propaganda, memoranda, 1945-1951.
Box 10 Folder 19
Morale of American ground forces, correspondence and memoranda, 1951-1952.
Box 10 Folder 20
"On to Tokyo" and American redeployment, correspondence and memoranda, 1945.
Box 10 Folder 21
Proposed etiquette book for NATO, memoranda, circa 1951-1953.
Box 10 Folder 22
USIS State Department tour, correspondence, 1961-1966.
Box 10 Folder 23
"Who Is the Man Against the Marshall Plan?" correspondence, 1948-1951.
Box 10 Folder 24
Foreign service clippings, 1961-1969.
Box 11 Folder 7-10
India, Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, and Yugoslavia, 1961.
Box 10 Folder 25
Germany, Norway, Finland, and Poland, 1962.
Box 10 Folder 26
Thailand, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, 1964.
Box 10 Folder 27
Manuscript notes and outline.
Box 7 Folder 10
Short film treatment, carbon copy.
Box 7 Folder 11
Manuscript draft with marker and pen and ink illustrations.
Box 7 Folder 12
Dummy with graphite and marker illustrations, 52 pages.
Box 7 Folder 13
Final lettering for cover, cut paper pasted to layout board, 1 sheet.
Box 12 Folder 16
Complete set of final art, marker and pen and ink on paper, 40 sheets.
Box 7 Folder 14
Manuscript draft with marker illustrations.
Box 7 Folder 15
Partial dummy with marker illustrations, 14 pages.
Box 7 Folder 16
Manuscript draft with marker illustrations.
Box 7 Folder 17
Photocopies of illustrated drafts, 2 sets.
Box 7 Folder 18
Photocopy of filmstrip text.
Box 7 Folder 19
Manuscript draft with marker illustrations.
Box 7 Folder 20
Earlier manuscript draft with marker illustrations.
Box 7 Folder 21
General note

This draft uses the working title "The Big Question About Sex."

Later manuscript draft with marker illustrations.
Box 7 Folder 22
Manuscript draft with marker illustrations.
Box 7 Folder 23
Manuscript draft.
Box 7 Folder 24
Typescript.
Box 7 Folder 25
Illustrations, marker and pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets.
Box 12 Folder 17
Audiotape.
Box 13 Reel 5
Dummy with graphite illustrations, 28 pages.
Box 7 Folder 26
Revised typescript.
Box 7 Folder 27
Earlier manuscript draft.
Box 7 Folder 28
Later manuscript draft with marker illustrations.
Box 7 Folder 29
Illustrations, marker on paper, 2 sheets.
Box 7 Folder 30
Manuscript notes and outline.
Box 7 Folder 31
Earlier manuscript draft.
Box 7 Folder 32
Later manuscript draft.
Box 7 Folder 33
Revised typescript.
Box 7 Folder 34
Carbon copies.
Box 7 Folder 35
Preliminary sketches, graphite and pen and ink on paper, 2 sheets.
Box 7 Folder 36
Manuscript notes for television script.
Box 7 Folder 37
Revised typescript.
Box 7 Folder 38
Negatives from Foreign Service travel, 3 items, circa 1962.
Box 10 Folder 28
Photographs from USIS tour of Egypt, 3 items, 1961.
Box 10 Folder 29
Photographs from USIS tours of India, 9 items, 1961 and 1964.
Box 10 Folder 30
Photographs from USIS tour of Poland, 5 items, 1961.
Box 10 Folder 31
Photographs from USIS tour of Taiwan, 6 items, 1964.
Box 10 Folder 32
"Photographs taken on trips," 6 items, circa 1961-1964.
Box 10 Folder 33

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