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Rose O'Neill Collection

Identifier: MGHL-mghl-00046

The collection contains original artwork published in Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan. The original works of art feature mostly children and Kewpies. The collection also contains published materials in the format of books, proofs and tear sheets.


  • ca.1910



10 linear feet

Collection Note

The collection contains original artwork, proofs and books featuring illustrations by Rose Cecil O'Neill in addition to research materials and photocopies, gathered by the Rose O'Neill Foundation, featuring biographical and professional information relating to the artist.

Biographical Note

Rose Cecil O'Neill (June 25, 1874 – April 6, 1944) was an American cartoonist, illustrator, artist, and writer. She rose to fame for her creation of the popular comic strip characters, Kewpies, in 1909, and was also the first published female cartoonist in the United States.

“There are some people who have found some of my pictures revolting. They hurt the eye. But I am not dejected — like Poe. I am in love with magic and monsters and the drama of form emerging from the formless.” — Rose O’Neill

Arrangement and Description

The collection is described at the item level and arranged my material format.

Method of Acquisition

Materials collected by the O'Neill family and the Rose O'Neill Foundation and donated by the Rose O’Neill Foundation.

Language of description

Collecting Area Details

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

Skye Lacerte
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