The Walt Reed Illustration Archive is a comprehensive collection that includes over 200,000 magazine tear sheets, 8,000 magazines, 1,200 books, and approximately 150 original works by American illustrators from the late 19th century well into the mid-20th century.
The archive preserves the research library of its eponymous creator, Walt Reed, who authored The Illustrator in America as well as monographs on several leading 20th-century illustrators. As the founder of the Illustration House in New York, Walt Reed handled original works by major and minor figures alike. In the process of his work, Reed built a significant corpus of reference material.
150,000 tear sheets from the Walt Reed Collection were digitized and made publicly available as part of a CLIR Grant.
Access these Materials
For virtual research appointments, contact the Curator of the Dowd Illustration Research Archive
- Special Collections Management, Special Collections Processing Department, Special Collections, Preservation, and Digital Strategies
- Andrea Degener
- Job Title
- Visual Materials Processing Archivist & Supervisor; Curator for the Dowd Illustration Research Archive (Interim)
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- (314) 935-9382