Spring Semester at MGHL

This semester, students from D. B. Dowd’s course, Special Topics in Visual Culture: The Illustrated Periodical, visited the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library to engage with a variety of materials from various collections. Throughout the semester, the materials were used in lectures and discussions and featured in student presentations.

The research for the class was conducted at MGHL, where each student viewed specific items that related to their research. The topics were varied; we pulled everything from romance comics to children’s magazines. The research was used to write an essay, which will be published on the MGHL blog in the coming weeks.

Class viewing of various original pieces published in popular periodicals from the Al Parker Collection, Henry Raleigh Collection, and the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.

An original piece from the Al Parker Collection and tear sheets from the Charles Craver Collection.

Detail of original artwork from the Al Parker Collection.

Original artwork from the Al Parker Collection.

Christine presenting her research.

Christina serving Jell-O, created from a recipe found in a periodical, to other students.

Class discussion in the MGHL reading room.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.