CLIR Grant

Jessie Wilcox Smith

By Andrea Degener on April 23, 2018

Jessie Wilcox Smith was a prolific illustrator during the early twentieth century. Her work was published in many of the leading magazines of the time, some of which include Collier’s, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s, and Ladies’ Home Journal. Smith was also known for her illustrati...

The Reeses

By Andrea Degener on April 2, 2018

Walter and Emily Shaw Reese, known as The Reeses, are a husband and wife duo who produced illustrations predominately in the 1910s and 1920s. The recently digitized tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive highlight some of the advertisements and covers created by The Reeses. This post...

Al Parker Tear Sheets

By Andrea Degener on March 20, 2018

The Al Parker Collection at the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library contains many original works by the illustrator. Until recently, a number of these pieces could only be understood in the original form of gouache on board. Now, with the public collection of digitized tear sheets from the Walt R...

Lovely Subtext

By Andrea Degener on March 7, 2018

Many of the tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive were pulled from women’s magazines. The collection contains numerous fiction stories illustrating tormented love tailored specifically for female audience. As a collective whole, the tear sheets provide an interesting specimen ...

Robert Fawcett

By Andrea Degener on February 7, 2018

We will be highlighting some of the illustrator files that were digitized from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive as part of a CLIR Grant initiative. Many people from the Libraries assisted with adding metadata to the digitized files. One person in particular, Ian Lanius, Curatorial Assistant in ...

Over 150,000 Digitized Tear Sheets Now Available

By Andrea Degener on February 2, 2018

Two years ago, the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library was awarded a CLIR grant to digitize 150,000 tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. The digitized tear sheets are now publicly available through Shared Shelf Commons (soon to be rebranded as JSTOR Forum). Below are some highligh...

Putting it back together

By Taylor Yocom on April 14, 2017

As a student worker for the MGHL, I have been cataloging magazine tear sheet illustrations from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive in Shared Shelf, a project funded by the CLIR Grant. The collection I’m currently working on features many illustrations by Frank Craig — made between 1874 and ...

Between the Lines: The Illustrations of Frederic Varady

By Andrea Degener on December 1, 2016

Frederic Varady (1908-2002) had a distinctive style later in his career. When browsing through the Varady tear sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive, it was interesting to see how his style evolved throughout his career. His illustrations from the 1940s appear to be the typical two-color i...

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 […]

CLIR Grant: Week Two

By Andrea Degener on January 14, 2016

We have had a busy week packing Walt Reed Illustration Archive materials for the CLIR Grant. A big thank you to everyone who has helped us with the effort. We are making good headway and have packed two full pallets. Skye has been busy pulling more folders of tear sheets to be rehoused and packed...