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Walt Reed Illustration Archive

Identifier: MGHL-mghl-00019

The collection includes over 200,000 magazine tearsheets, 8000 magazines, 1200 books, and approximately 150 original works by American illustrators from the late 19th century well into the mid 20th century. Currently, the original works of art and reproductions of original art (series 1 through 5) are processed and included in this finding aid. The tearsheets, magazines, and books are still unprocessed and may not be readily available to researchers. Please call ahead.


  • 1860-1960 (Bulk)

Conditions Governing Access

There are no 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 abide by the Rules for the use of Modern Graphic History Library materials. Users of the collection who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of Intent to Publish Modern Graphic History Library materials form. All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.


80.00 linear feet

Collection Historical Note

The Walt Reed Illustration Archive preserves the research library of its eponymous creator, author of The Illustrator in America and monographs on several leading 20th century illustrators. As founder of the Illustration House in New York, Walt Reed handled original works by major and minor figures alike. In the process he built a significant corpus of reference material.

Arrangement Note

Items are divided into series based on material type and art medium. The contents of the collection are currently arranged as follows: Series 1: Original Works of Art on Board Series 2: Original Works of Art on Paper Series 3: Original Works of Art on Canvas Series 4: Framed Original Works of Art Series 5: Reproductions of Original Works of Art Series 6: Magazine Tearsheets Series 7: Periodicals. Sub-series 1: Individual periodicals, Sub-series 2: Bound Periodicals Series 8: Books

Method of Acquisition

This collection was purchased in September 2012 by the Modern Graphic History Library, Department of Special Collections at Washington University in St. Louis, from the Illustration House.

Accruals and Additions

There are no accruals.

Walt Reed Illustration Archive
Alexis Peregoy
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Revision Statements

  • 2014-12: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Alexis Peregoy in December 2014.
  • 2016-05: Series 2 of the finding aid was updated by Andrea Degener in May 2016.
  • 2020-11-20: Resource record updated in ArchivesSpace by Sarah Weeks.

Collecting Area Details

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

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