Digital Galleries & Exhibitions

The Dowd Modern Graphic History Library image collection is viewable to Washington University students and faculty on Artstor. If you are an outside researcher, email Skye Lacerte for access

Walt Reed Illustration Archive
Over 150,000 tear sheets have been digitized and made available to the public from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.

harpersFull Text Access to Harper’s Weekly and The Century
The library has access to scanned representations of these issues in an online database. Click here to view Harper’s Weekly, and here to view The Century.

For a list of magazine issues available to browse in our reading room, see Periodical Collections A-F and Periodical Collections G-Z.


Thrill Seekers: The Rise of Men’s Magazines” charts the growth of men’s magazines from the 1940s to the 1960s. Drawing from collections in Washington University’s Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, this exhibit features artwork of some of the most prominent men’s magazines of the mid-twentieth century, such as Esquire, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune, as well as lesser-known pulp fiction and girlie magazines. Artists featured include Al Parker, Robert Weaver, Ernest Trova, Robert Andrew Parker, and Cliff Condak, among others.

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 Curated by Denise Hannibal

Al Parker studied at Washington University’s School of Fine Arts from 1923 to 1928. During that time he contributed illustrations to editions of The Hatchet, Washington University’s yearbook and to the student humor magazine, The Dirge: Jest in Peace.

Al Parker contributed 24 silhouette illustrations to the 1927 yearbook and 20 illustrations to the 1928 yearbook. Al Parker may have produced more illustrations for The Dirge, however, we found 5 illustrations and a cover that were in the issues held by University Archives.