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James E. and Joan Singer Schiele Print Collection

Identifier: RB-RB-001
The James E. and Joan Singer Schiele Print Collection, consists of over 450 prints and other historical images that document the American abolition movement, Civil War, Reconstruction period and other important events of 19th century America. The prints include portraits, battle scenes, and political cartoons representing a variety of printing techniques from woodcut to chromolithograph. A highlight of the collection is a set of thirty-six Kurz & Allison prints, whose specialty was creating high-quality chromolithographs to commemorate important events in American history. The collection provides a visual overview of historical events during one of the nation's most tumultuous times, and provide a strong background for cultural and historical studies. The prints are arranged by James E. Schiele and divided into seven series: Series 01: Kurz & Allison Series 02: Antebellum Series 03: Civil War Series 04: Slavery and Abolition Series 05: Emancipation and Reconstruction Series 06: Postbellum Series 07: Print Material


  • circa 1848-1890

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

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.)


514.00 items

Biographical or Historical Information

A native St. Louisan and active community volunteer, James Schiele, AB '52, MLA '85, acquired over several decades the historic images that constitute the Schiele Collection. He and his wife, Joan Singer Schiele, donated the collection to University Libraries and established an endowment to help support conservation and expansion of the collection. Fueled by his enthusiasm, Schiele has committed countless years to serving Washington University through membership on the Alumni Board of Governors, the Eliot Society Membership Committee, the W Club Executive Committee, his Class Reunion Committee, the International Advisory Council for Asia, the Scholars in Arts & Sciences, and as a member of the Murray Wiedenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and PublicPolicy.

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Arrangement Note

The James E. and Joan Singer Schiele Print Collection has been arranged into seven series: Kurz & Allison, Antebellum, Civil War, Slavery and Abolition,Emancipation and Reconstruction, Postbellum, and Print Material.
James E. and Joan Singer Schiele Print Collection
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Collecting Area Details

Part of the Rare Books Collecting Area

Cassie Brand
Olin Library
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495