Freeman, Don, 1908-1978

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1908-08-11
Death 1978-01-01
English

Biographical notes:

Don Freeman was born August 11, 1908, in San Diego, CA. He attended the Art Students League in New York City for two years. In 1931 he married Lydia Cooley, an art student, and the couple had one son. Don Freeman worked as a freelance artist and as a graphic artist for the New York Times and New York Herald Tribune before beginning to illustrate books in the 1940s. In 1940 he illustrated William Saroyan's My Name is Aram . During his career, Don Freeman illustrated children's books by other well-known authors such as Ann Nolan Clark, Clyde R. Bulla, and Julia Cunningham. In 1951 Don and Lydia Freeman published their first book for children, Chuggy and the Blue Caboose, and in 1953 they published Pet of the Met . Don Freeman wrote and illustrated many picture books that won critical appraise. He received various honors for his work, including a Caldecott Honor citation for Fly High, Fly Low in 1958. He is perhaps best remembered for Corduroy . Don Freeman died on February 1, 1978. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, Volume 17, p. 60-69 Twentieth-Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed., p. 360-361

From the guide to the Don Freeman Papers, 1954-1976, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

American illustrator, lithographer, and painter, Freeman was influenced by the Ashcan School promoted by his mentors John Sloan and Harry Wickey, and by the illustrations of Daumier.

From the description of Don Freeman sketches of William Saroyan and illustrations for some Saroyan books, 1940-1943. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754864905

Fine artist, newspaper illustrator, cartoonist, lithographer, book illustrator, author and children's book illustrator.

From the description of Don Freeman audiovisual collection, circa 1960s-1970s. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 613516667

American author and illustrator of children's books; received a Caldecott Honor citation for Fly High, Fly Low (1957) in 1958.

From the description of The chalk box story : production material, ca. 1976. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62444701

From the description of Cyrano the crow : production material, ca. 1960. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62444693

From the description of Hobo Hill : production material, ca. 1954. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62452137

From the description of Fly high, fly low : production material, ca. 1957. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62495355

From the description of Mike's house : production material, ca. 1954. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62452138

From the description of Dandelion : production material, ca. 1964. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62444700

From the description of Come again, pelican : production material, ca. 1961. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62444691

From the description of Far in the day : production material, ca. 1972. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62495357

From the description of Don Freeman papers, 1954-1976. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62495349

From the description of Penguins of all people! : production material, ca. 1971. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62681249

From the description of Don Freeman papers : 1953-2003. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62700349

From the description of Burnish me bright : production material, ca. 1970. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62373679

Don Freeman, painter, illustrator, graphic artist and lithographer, was born in San Diego, Calif. in August 1908. His best know work, Corduroy, the story of a stuffed bear searching for a missing button, is a classic of children's literature.

From the description of Don Freeman papers, 1955-2002 (bulk 1955-1978). (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 50649515

Illustrator; New York, N.Y. Born 1908. Died 1978.

Born in San Diego. Went to New York City at the age of 21. Studied with John Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students League.

From the description of Don Freeman printed material, 1936-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122502573

Don Freeman (1908-1978) was an Illustrator from New York, N.Y.

Went to New York City at the age of 21. Studied with John Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students League.

From the description of Oral history interview with Don Freeman, 1965 June 4 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 458411806

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Subjects:

  • Children's books
  • Corduroy (Ficticious character)
  • Children's literature, American
  • Illustrators--Interviews
  • Tides--Juvenile fiction
  • Lithographers--20th century
  • Tides--Fiction
  • Crows--Juvenile fiction
  • Circus--Juvenile fiction
  • Circus stories
  • Friendship--Fiction
  • Drawing--20th century--Periodicals
  • Circus--Fiction
  • Tramps--Fiction
  • Crows--Fiction
  • Penguins--Fiction
  • Color--Fiction
  • Children's literature--Manuscripts
  • Lion--Fiction
  • Pigeons--Juvenile fiction
  • Pelicans--Juvenile fiction
  • Art--Study and teaching
  • Children's literature, American--20th century
  • Artists' materials
  • Federal aid to the arts
  • Illustrated children's books
  • Pantomime--Fiction
  • Prints--Technique
  • Pigeons--Fiction
  • Illustrated periodicals
  • Color--Juvenile fiction
  • Tramps--Juvenile fiction
  • Theater--Production and direction--Illustrations
  • Animals
  • Illustration of books
  • Missing children--Juvenile fiction
  • Theater rehearsals--Illustrations
  • Friendship--Juvenile fiction
  • Lion--Juvenile fiction
  • Friendship
  • Art and society
  • Libraries--Fiction
  • Penguins--Juvenile fiction
  • Libraries--Juvenile fiction
  • Pelicans--Fiction
  • Theater in art--20th century
  • Drawing, American--Periodicals
  • Missing children--Fiction
  • Illustrators
  • Art, American
  • Pantomime--Juvenile fiction
  • Art--American (?)--Reproductions

Occupations:

  • Illustrator

Places:

  • California (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • New York (N.Y.) (as recorded)