What’s Happening at MGHL: The Walt Reed Collection

Last week, MGHL staff were busy unpacking and sorting several shipments that will be processed as part of the Walt Reed Collection.

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The shipment contained a variety of items relating to illustration throughout the twentieth century from Illustration House in New York.

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We received a variety of photographic materials, including these boxes of 4×5 negatives.

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A negative of work by Austin Briggs.

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We unpacked many boxes of books from Illustration House.

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A few of the book covers.

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The majority of the shipment included a number of books relating to illustrators and artists dating from the 1800s to the present. We also uncovered numerous boxes full of the Saturday Evening Post and many other periodicals.

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The periodicals span several decades.

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Many of the periodicals are in excellent condition and have retained their vibrant color.

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A number of the periodicals have handwritten notes on the covers.

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Walt Reed complied numerous scrapbooks on notable illustrators.

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This scrapbook is full of clippings featuring the Tennie Weenies comic strip.

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The shelf designated for fragile items.

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A box full of political cartoon tear sheets.

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About the author

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