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What’s Happening at MGHL: Arrow Collar & Bishop Family Collections

By Andrea Degener on July 20, 2016

Two new MGHL collections are processed and ready for use. The Arrow Collar Collection and Bishop Family Collection can be browsed through online finding aids or by making an appointment to view the collections. The Arrow Collar Collection was donated by Washington University alum Michael Murphy. ...

Typography Tuesday: Highlights from the Al Parker Collection

By Andrea Degener on May 31, 2016

For today’s inaugural Typography Tuesday post, we are looking at some of the excellent examples of hand-drawn typography in the Al Parker Collection. When looking at pieces in the Al Parker Collection, it becomes apparent how aware he was of both text and image and the need for both to work...

Announcing the Walter Baumhofer Collection

By Andrea Degener on April 15, 2016

This week, the Modern Graphic History Library received a shipment of items from the late illustrator Walter Baumhofer. Walter Baumhofer was known as the King of Pulps. He enjoyed a long and studious career. He started creating illustrations for Adventure Magazine and would go on to create over 50...

What’s Happening at MGHL: The Walt Reed Collection

By Andrea Degener on March 29, 2016

Last week, MGHL staff were busy unpacking and sorting several shipments that will be processed as part of the Walt Reed Collection. The shipment contained a variety of items relating to illustration throughout the twentieth century from Illustration House in New York. We received a variety of pho...

Research at MGHL

By Andrea Degener on March 1, 2016

The materials at the Modern Graphic History Library serve a diverse research interest. Since the start of 2016, MGHL has already a number of distinct research requests. Materials have been pulled from numerous collections, some of which include the Al Parker, Chwast, Firecracker Press, Robert And...

Life Magazine during the Jazz Age

By Andrea Degener on January 29, 2016

The most recent Modern Graphic History Library exhibit, Jazz Age Illustration, features several illustrations from Life magazine. The  publication had its heyday in during the 1920s before eventually being overcome by the Great Depression. Before Life was bought by Time, Inc. the publication fost...

CLIR Grant: Week Three

By Andrea Degener on January 22, 2016

This last week of packing tear sheets for the CLIR Grant has been a busy one. Thankfully we had a lot of help and were able to pack five pallets of tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. Below are some of the highlights from this final week of packing. We had to pull […]

Jazz Age Illustration Exhibit

By Andrea Degener on January 20, 2016

A new exhibit has been installed in the Ginkgo Room at Olin Library featuring illustrations from the Jazz Age. The reproductions on display feature illustrators John Held Jr., Henry Raleigh, Nell Brinkley, Georges Lepape, and Władysław Teodor “W.T.” Benda and others. The illustrations...

CLIR Grant: Week Two

By Andrea Degener on January 14, 2016

We have had a busy week packing Walt Reed Illustration Archive materials for the CLIR Grant. A big thank you to everyone who has helped us with the effort. We are making good headway and have packed two full pallets. Skye has been busy pulling more folders of tear sheets to be rehoused and packed...

CLIR Grant: Week One

By Andrea Degener on January 8, 2016

MGHL staff have been working hard on packing the tear sheets for the CLIR grant this week. We started the process of sorting, foldering, boxing, and packing items from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. Skye, MGHL curator, has identified a list of illustrators that will be digitized. The files a...