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Black and White: Shaw and Farleigh’s Perfect Mirroring in Text and Woodcuts

By l.sylvander on September 14, 2016

Bernard Shaw’s The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God pairs stark woodcuts with harsh irony and fierce agnosticism. This text, whose critique of major religions caused enough outcry to sponsor five reprints, offers unprecedented texture to religious critique, race relations ...

World War II Era Adventure Comics Meet 2016

By l.sylvander on August 25, 2016

  Reading adventure comics from World War II in today’s political climate is startling. The whole country may not be as tuned into and invested in our modern wars as Americans of the 1940’s were. However, the themes in the 2016 presidential race are reflected in the anxiety-fuele...

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 […]