George and Doris Hauman

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George Hauman (died 1961) and Doris Holt Hauman (August 29, 1898 – 1978) were American illustrators of children's books.. They illustrated a popular 1954 edition of The Little Engine That Could.[1] Although there had been many previous editions of this classic story, "It was the work of George and Doris Hauman that earned The Little Engine the title of being worthy to sit on the same shelf as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."[1] Namely, the title was one of 17 that received the inaugural Lewis Carroll Shelf Awards in 1958.


Doris Holt was born in West Somerville, Massachusetts, on August 29, 1898. George and Doris were married in 1924, when he lived in a studio apartment directly below hers. He died in 1961 and she died in 1978.[2]

Doris and George Hauman lived outside of Scituate, MA, on "the 3rd cliff" overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


The two decided that because they had so many of the same customers, they were going to start working together on projects, using "Doris and George Hauman" as the signature on all of their illustrations. Doris wrote the books they created together, and helped George with the illustrations. After his death she worked for 14 years at the Derby Academy, where she taught courses in art.[2]


Doris went to the Normal Art School located in Boston, Massachusetts.[2]


George and Doris had one son.[2]


  1. ^ a b Cullinan, Bernice E., and Diane Goetz Person. The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Continuum International Publishing Group. August 1, 2003. P. 634
  2. ^ a b c d "George and Doris Hauman Papers". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. The University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved January 25, 2013.  "Material was donated by Doris Hauman from 1966 to 1974."

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