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Ron Lightburn fonds. - 1991-1999. - 8 boxes of graphic material.

Biographical Sketch

Original illustration from EAGLE DREAMS by Ron Lightburn

Original illustration from Eagle Dreams by Ron Lightburn, 1994.

Ron Lightburn was born in Cobourg, Ontario, but grew up in West Vancouver. He always loved to draw and in his early years he produced his own comic books which he sold to classmates at his elementary school. Later he studied at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, then settled in Victoria and worked as a commercial illustrator and gallery artist. Lightburn passed the Orca Book Publishers office hundreds of times on his way to his local art supply store before stopping one day to ask about picture books. Within a few weeks he was working on the award-winning Waiting for the Whales (1991). Lightburn went on to produce illustrations for other well-received children's books including Eagle Dreams (1994), Driftwood Cove (1998), and How Smudge Came (1995).

In 1992, Lightburn received the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award for Waiting for the Whales. In 1995, he received the Mr. Christie's Book Award (for best English book age 7 and under) and in 1996 the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize for How Smudge Came.

Scope and Content

The Ron Lightburn fonds contains sketches; mock-ups, preparatory material and photographs; as well as final illustrations for How Smudge Came, Eagle Dreams and Driftwood Cove.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Ron Lightburn in 1992 and 1999. [1992-27, 1999-06]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none

Finding Aid: box list available.

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