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Robert Andrew Parker Collection

Identifier: MGHL-00005

The Robert Andrew Parker collection includes rich holdings of original artwork, book proofs, hundreds of tearsheets and related printed material.


  • 1943-2006
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2006

Conditions Governing Access

Some restrictions to access.

Conditions Governing Use

Some restrictions, please contact the Modern Graphic History Library Curator at (314) 935-7741 or Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies. Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University. If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


105.00 linear feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Robert Andrew Parker was born in Norfolk, Virginia, 1927. He has illustrated over forty highly praised books, many for children. He is also an acclaimed illustrator for magazines, including The New Yorker, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, and Mademoiselle, and has designed sets for operas. Parker has been the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited his work extensively since the 1950s. Parker attended the school of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1948 until 1952 and also worked at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in New York during the 1950s. His luminescent watercolor paintings and drawings are characterized by a loose, playful integration of subject and background, a metaphysical emphasis on the environment, natural or otherwise. He has illustrated over forty children's books and has been recognized with awards including a Caldecott Honor and an American Library Association Notable Book award.

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Arrangement Note

The Robert Andrew Parker Collection is arranged into 3 series: Series 1: Original Artwork Series 2: Artwork Reproductions Series 3: Personal and Professional Development (Some Reference Materials and Correspondence are kept with their projects.) The contents of the collection are arranged as follows: Boxes 1-3 2x Small-sized material Boxes 4-12 1x Small-sized material Boxes 13-60 Small-sized material Boxes 61-140 Medium-sized material Boxes 141-166 Large-sized material Boxes 167-198 1x Large-sized material Boxes 199-200 2x Large-sized material Drawer 18.15 Over-sized material

Method of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Modern Graphic History Library by Robert Andrew Parker in December, 2006.

Accruals and Additions

There are no accruals.

Related Publications

Bierhorst, John, and Robert Andrew Parker. The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: The Iroquois Story of Creation. New York: W. Morrow, 1993. Brallier, Jess M., and Robert Andrew Parker. Who Was Albert Einstein? New York: Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2002. Bushnell, Jack, and Robert Andrew Parker. Circus of the Wolves. 1st ed. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1994. DeFelice, Cynthia C., and Robert Andrew Parker. The Dancing Skeleton. 1st American ed. New York : London: Macmillan Pub. ; Collier Macmillan, 1989. Freedman, Florence B., and Robert Andrew Parker. Brothers: A Hebrew Legend. 1st ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1985. Goldin, Barbara Diamond, Isaac Leib Peretz, and Robert Andrew Parker. The Magician’s Visit: A Passover Tale. New York, N.Y., U.S.A: Viking, 1993. Greenberg, Jan, Sandra Jordan, and Robert Andrew Parker. Action Jackson. 1st ed. Brookfield, Conn: Roaring Brook Press, 2002. Grinnell, George Bird, John Bierhorst, and Robert Andrew Parker, eds. The Whistling Skeleton: American Indian Tales of the Supernatural. New York, N.Y: Four Winds Press, 1982. Hesse, Karen, and Robert Andrew Parker. Stowaway. New York: Scholastic, 2001. Kimmel, Haven, and Robert Andrew Parker. Orville: A Dog Story. New York: Clarion Books, 2003. Kraske, Robert, and Robert Andrew Parker. Marooned: The Strange but True Adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the Real Robinson Crusoe. New York: Clarion Books, 2005. Kuskin, Karla, and Robert Andrew Parker. A Great Miracle Happened There: A Chanukah Story. 1st ed. New York: Willa Perlman Books, 1993. Lemieux, Margo, and Robert Andrew Parker. Full Worm Moon. 1st ed. New York: Tambourine Books, 1994. Lyon, George Ella, and Robert Andrew Parker. Father Time and the Day Boxes. New York: Bradbury Press, 1985. Parker, Robert Andrew. Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum. 1st ed. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2008. Parker, Robert Andrew. Travels with Bob: Words and Pictures. 1st ed. New York: Ink, Inc, 2009. Peck, Sylvia, and Robert Andrew Parker. Seal Child. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1989. Petroski, Catherine, and Robert Andrew Parker. Beautiful My Mane in the Wind. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983. Preston, Edna Mitchell, and Robert Andrew Parker. Pop Corn & Ma Goodness. New York: Viking Press, 1969. Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Robert Andrew Parker. Robert Andrew Parker’s Illustrated Frankenstein. 1st ed. New York: C.N. Potter, 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by Denise Hannibal in April 2010.

Robert Andrew Parker Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 09099999: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Jolie Braun in July 2012. This finding aid was updated by Andrea Degener in April 2017.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library Collecting Area

Skye Lacerte, Curator
West Campus Library
7425 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton MO 63105 US
(314) 935-5495