Lynd Ward and May McNeer papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.wardlynp
Creators:
Ward, Lynd, 1905-1985
McNeer, May Yonge, 1902-
Dates:
1929-1981
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
19 microfilm reels
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence and subject files relate to the activities of Ward, including his membership in the Society of American Graphic Artists, and his collaborative work with his wife, May McNeer Ward.
Scope and Contents
Correspondents include Fritz Eichenberg, Wanda Gág, Harry Gottlieb, Jacob Kainen, Rockwell Kent, Louis Lozowick, Elizabeth McCausland, Diego Rivera, Prentiss Taylor, and Carl Zigrosser, as well as bookdealers, collectors, children, writers, galleries and museums, publishing and printing companies, advertising and public relations firms, religious organizations, and art, civic, and political associations and societies. Letters are often accompanied by enclosures such as writings and printed material.
Scope and Contents
Subject files contain awards, drafts and typescripts of Ward's writings, lectures, and speeches, notes, outlines and galley proofs for McNeer's and Ward's books, scripts for radio broadcasts, book contracts and royalty statements, lists of Ward's graphic works, illustrations and Christmas cards by Ward, exhibition announcements and catalogs, clippings, reviews, newsletters, bulletins, press releases, and miscellaneous printed material.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Lynd Ward: Printmaker, illustrator, writer. Died 1985. May McNeer: Children's book author. Died 1994. Born Chicago, Lynd Kendall Ward majored in Fine Arts at the Teachers College, Columbia University, where he illustrated school publications until his graduation in 1926. In the same year he married May McNeer of Tampa, Florida. They collaborated on many books written by McNeer and illustrated by Ward. Between 1926 and 1927, Ward studied at the National Academy for Graphic Arts in Leipzig, Germany, working with Alois Kolb, George Mathey, and Hans A. Mueller. Ward was a prolific graphic artist, illustrating over one hundred books including GODS' MAN and other woodcut novels produced between 1929 and 1937.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 3505-3523 available at Archives of American Art offices, Georgetown University Special Collections, and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in Georgetown University, Special Collections Division.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming 1985 by Georgetown University.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
A 116 page inventory prepared by Georgetown University listing the files and describing the items within each file is available at all Archives of American Art offices and on microfilm reel 3505. The "Family series," was not microfilmed.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Prints -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Children's literature Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustration of books Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Book illustrators Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McCausland, Elizabeth, 1899-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zigrosser, Carl, 1891- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eichenberg, Fritz, 1901-1990 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gag, Wanda, 1893-1946 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gottlieb, Harry, 1895- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kainen, Jacob Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lozowick, Louis, 1892-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Society of American Graphic Artists Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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