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Ron Lightburn fonds [graphic material, textual record]. 



Place of creation


11 boxes of graphic material and textual records.

Scope and content

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

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
LMS container
from 1 to 11
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
LMS container
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.
Other accession no.
1992-27 LMS
1999-06 LMS

Terms of use

Copyright varies. The recipient of copies is responsible for determining whether material is subject to copyright and whether use of it does or does not constitute an infringement of copyright under the Copyright Act. Credit Library and Archives Canada.

Graphic material; textual records Box list available. Consult archivist. 90 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

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".

Additional information

Accession 1999-06, Box 11: Drawings have not been spray fixed and will smear if touched.

Subject heading

1. Littérature de jeunesse Archives.
2. Children Literature Archives.