Robert Hofsinde sketchbook and related materials, 1951-1969
- Hofsinde, Robert
- Physical Description:
- 5 items
- Restrictions on Access:
- Unrestricted access.
- The collection consists of five items: sketchbook, dated 1955, with a later sketch dated 1969, signed on the front fly-leaf. The cover has a print of a Hofsinde painting pasted on, and a Colorado centennial sticker is adhered to the first page. The sketchbook contains some sixteen pages of drawings, some sketchy, some more finished, using pen & ink, graphite, colored pencil, and wash, depicting animals, landscapes, several pages of canoes, and carefully labelled detail drawings of wilderness fort features; The sketchbook contains an additional ten pages of text, including an illustrated recipe for Sigurd Olson's bannock bread and several lists detailing Hofsinde's collection of Native American artifacts and memorabilia. Also: photograph of Hofsinde with backpack, dated July 1951; collage, including a photograph of Hofsinde and his wife in Native American costume adhered to a decorated background, labelled Gray-Wolf and Morning-Star, The Love Flute; photograph of Hofsinde in Ojibway dress, dated October 1966, by Harry House, Monroe, N.Y.; an undated drawing of a Native American man on his knees, done on trace paper.
- In Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (#2007-0151R/VF 1-2)
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased from Almagre Books, 2007.
- Administrative History:
- Robert Hofsinde was an illustrator and author known for his books on Native American lore. Born in Denmark in 1902, he emigrated to the United States and settled in Minnesota, making scientific drawings for the Minnesota Academy of Sciences. While on a painting trip, he helped an Ojibway boy who had broken his leg, and was adopted into the tribe as Gray-Wolf, living with them for three years. He visited with Native Americans throughout the west, painting and writing articles about the various tribes; he and his wife began to perform a program for school children on Native American culture. His first book, Indian Sign Language, was well received, and he wrote and illustrated several more, exploring various Native American themes.
- Endowment Note:
- Allison-Shelley Collection Fund
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