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Washington University Libraries Awarded Grant by Council on Library and Information Resources

Image of an illustration by Fred G. Cooper from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. Illustration shows a drawing of a bald man in a suit with an overlarge arrow in hand and reads: A-R-R-O-W spells nect comfort.
Image by Fred G. Cooper from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.

The Washington University Libraries have received a $250,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for the new project Revealing Visual Culture: Digitizing Modern Illustrated Periodical Tear Sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.

The grant was awarded through CLIR’s 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives competition. CLIR awarded nearly $4 million to institutions with collections of high scholarly value through the competition. Revealing Visual Culture was selected from a pool of 167 submissions and was one of 18 projects to earn funding.

The two-year grant will go toward the digitization of 150,000 tear sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive, which the Libraries acquired in 2013. Held in the Modern Graphic History Library, the collection focuses on the late 19th and early 20th centuries and includes some 8,000 periodicals, 1,200 illustrated books, 250,000 magazine tear sheets, and 140 works of original art.

For more information about the grant, contact Skye LaCerte at