TONY JOHNSTON PAPERS
CREATOR: Tony Johnston
TITLE: Tony Johnston Papers
DATES: 1989 to 2005 and undated
VOLUME: 0.5 linear feet
ACQUISITION: The papers were donated by Tony Johnston from 2002 to 2005.
ACCESS: The papers are open for research.
COPYRIGHT: Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.
PROCESSED BY: Minith Adam Real, 2007.
These papers were given by Tony Johnston to the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature between 2002 and 2005.
Collection is non-circulating; in-house research use only.
The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for “private study, scholarship, or research.” It is the user’s responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than the noted above.
Tony Johnston was born on January 30, 1942, in Los Angeles. She was the daughter of David L. Taylor, a professional golfer, and Ruth Taylor. Tony Johnston married Roger Johnston, a banker, on June 25, 1966. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Samantha Johnston.
From 1959 to 1960, Johnston attended The University of California at Berkeley. In 1963 she received a B.A. from Stanford and she received a master's degree in education a year later.
Johnston was a fourth grade elementary school teacher in Pasadena, California, from 1964 to 1966. From 1966 to 1968 she worked for McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. in New York as an editing supervisor. In 1969 she became a copy editor of children’s books for Harper & Row Publishers.
Something about the Author, vol. 8, pp. 94.
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The Tony Johnston Papers contain an end-paper design, unbound galleys, correspondence, newspaper clippings, publicity materials and other materials accumulated by Tony Johnston. Johnston’s papers were created from her work on four picture books for children. The material is organized into two series: books and miscellaneous and personal.
Material for each title was placed in chronological order as surmised by the level of development of the material.
The material in the Books Series includes an end-paper design, unbound galleys, correspondence and other material relating to four titles written by Tony Johnston. It is arranged chronologically by title and within each title the materials are arranged chronologically.
The material in the Miscellaneous and Personal Series includes correspondence, newspaper clippings and publicity materials.
In addition to her papers, Tony Johnston donated nineteen copies of her books. The titles of these books can be found in the Separation List.
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A. Books (1992-2002)
1. Lorenzo the Naughty Parrot (1992)
2. Alien & Possum: Friends No Matter What (2001)
3. Any Small Goodness (2001)
4. Sunsets of the West (2002)
B. Miscellaneous and Personal (1989-2005 and undated)
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1/1 End-paper design inscribed by Tony Johnston and Leo Politi, undated, 1 sheet.
1/2 Unbound galley with typescript for page 46, inscribed in 2002, October 2000, edited, 12 sheets.
1/3 Correspondence, July 2001, 1 sheet.
1/4 Bound galley, unedited, 1 item.
1/5 Unbound galley, unedited, 2 copies.
1/6 Postcard, March 2002, 1 item.
1/7 Letter, June 2002, 1 sheet.
1/8 Postcard, August 2002, 1 item.
1/9 Letter, April 2005, 1 sheet
1/10 “SCCLCYP honor”, November 1989, 1 item.
1/11 “With her heart and soul”, November 1989, 1 item.
1/12 “Author at a Glance: Tony Johnson”, 2 copies
1/13 The Barn Owls postcard, 1 item
1/14 My Best Friend Bear postcards, 2 items
1/15 Tony Johnston promotional brochures with note from Tony Johnston, July 2001, 3 items.
The following items have been removed to the Arne Nixon Center’s collection of published works:
Alien & Possum: Friends No Matter What by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001)
Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Robert Duncan (New York: Dial, 1994)
Desert Dog by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Robert Weatherford (San Francisco: Sierra Club, 2001)
Fishing Sunday by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Barry Root (New York: Tambourine, 1996)
Happy Birthday, Mole & Troll by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Cyndy Szekeres (New York: Putnam, 1979)
How Many Miles to Jacksonville? by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Bart Forbes (New York: Putnam, 1996)
I’m Gonna Tell Mama I Want an Iguana by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (New York: Putnam, 1990)
The Last Snow of Winter by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Friso Henstra (New York: Tambourine, 1993)
My Best Friend Bear by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Joy Allen (Hong Kong: Rising Moon, 2001)
My Friend Bear by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Anne Matthews (England: Lady Bug, 1989)
Odd Jobs and Friends by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Tomie dePaola (New York: Putnam, 1982)
An Old Shell: Poems of the Galapagos by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Tom Pohrt (New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999)
Once in the Country: Poems of a Farm by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Thomas B. Allen (New York: Putnam, 1996)
The Promise by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Pamela Keavney (New York: Harper
Une Petite Souris Timide by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Diane Stanley (New York: Gautier-Langueraeu, 1981)
Yonder by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Lloyd Bloom (New York: Dial, 1988)
The Wagon by Tony Johnston, illustrated by James E. Ransome (New York: Mulberry, 1996)
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