Lynd Ward papers, 1946-1962  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Ward, Lynd, 1905-
Lynd Ward papers
1946-1962 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 724
Lynd Ward was an artist and children's book author. The Lynd Ward Papers comprise incoming and outgoing correspondence to and from Carley Dawson, and outgoing correspondence to a Mr. Rohde. The collection also includes various notes, correspondence, manuscripts, sketches, copies of sketches, and illustrations for books, magazines, and brochures that Lynd Ward illustrated.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
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Collection is open to the public.

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Lynd Kendall Ward, wood engraver, illustrator, and children's book author, was born in Chicago in 1905. He graduated from high school in Englewood, New Jersey, and attended Teacher's College at Columbia University where he majored in fine arts. At Columbia, he met May McNeer and married her in June 1926. They traveled to Europe on their honeymoon and arrived in Leipzig, Germany where Lynd studied wood engraving at the Academy of Graphic Arts under Hans Alexander Mueller. He returned to the United States and embarked upon a career in illustration. In 1929, he published his first wordless novel, Gods' Man, which was the first work of its kind published in the United States. Over the next decade, he printed several more novels featuring his wood engravings. All of them critiqued the greed of the capitalist system and the economic disaster it had imparted upon the world. In 1929, Lynd also illustrated his first children's book, Prince Bantam, which was written by his wife. The outstanding illustrations created by Ward elevated the job of illustration into an art form. During the later years of the Great Depression, Ward served as the Director of the graphic arts division of the Federal Art Project in New York City, but illustration became his primary profession. He illustrated over 100 books during his lifetime, including Newbery Medal winners Johnny Tremain and The Cat who went to Heaven. Lynd Ward's greatest success came in 1952 when he won the Caldecott Medal for the book he wrote and illustrated, The Biggest Bear. Over his career, Lynd won the Zella de Milhau prize, the Library of Congress award for wood engraving, and the silver medallion from University of Southern Mississippi. Ward was respected by his peers. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and served as President of the Society of American Graphic Design from 1953-1959. Lynd Ward died in 1985 from Alzheimer's disease two days after his 80th birthday

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Lynd Ward Papers is divided into two series. Series I contains correspondence, both incoming and outgoing. The incoming correspondence is from Carley Dawson. The outgoing correspondence to Carley Dawson are photocopies of original letters which are housed in the Carley Dawson Collection. Series II, Illustrations and Production Notes contains original illustrations by Ward as well as manuscripts, correspondence and material related to the subject. The series is arranged alphabetically by the author or commissioner of Ward's illustrations. In regards to the illustrations, the collection contains published works ("North Star Shining"), rough sketches, color proofs, color guides, and dummies.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item), Lynd Ward Papers, Ax 724, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Correspondence, 1952-1955Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
Incoming: Dawson, Carley
(5 letters
1 3
Outgoing: Dawson, Carley
(3 letters
1 4
Outgoing: Rohde
(1 letter
February 16, 1950

Series II:  Illustrations and Production NotesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 5
Baker, Carlos: "A Friend in Power"
Notes for illustrations
(6 pages
Correspondence. Incoming. Reader's Digest (Ed Stafford, C.O. Woodbury)
(5 pages
Rough sketches. Water color and ink (3 x 4.25)
(3 pages
Photocopies of rough sketches. Black and white (4 x 5.5)
(10 items
Color proofs of illustrations
(16 items
Color guide
1 6
Commager, Henry: "America's Robert E. Lee"
Chapter titles
(1 page
Synopsis with ideas for illustrations. Carbon.
(5 pages
1 7
Defoe, Daniel: "Robinson Crusoe"
Notes on illustrations
(6 pages
Photocopies of illustrations. Black and white.
(10 pages
1 8
Marshall, James: "A River Ran out of Eden"
Notes for illustrations
(1 page
Correspondence, Incoming
(5 letters
Reader's Digest (Veto Varlotta, Marion Davis)
Layout pages
(2 pages
Rough sketches (pencil)
Title page: Boy and seal, man with gun in background (7.25 x 10.5)
Title page: Boy and seal, man with gun in background (6.5 x 10)
Woman, man, boy in field #2 (4.25 x 9.5)
Woman, man, boy in field with mountains in background #2 (3 x 9.5)
Seal, boy with candle #3 (4.25 x 9.5)
Seal, boy with candle #3 (3.75 x 9.5)
Bear with boy and man in background #4 (4.5 x 6.75)
Man pointing gun at man and woman in cabin #5 (4.75 x 6.5)
Man and woman by table, man in doorway #5 (4.25 x 9.5)
1 9
McNeer, May: "America's Abraham Lincoln"
note. [1 page
1 10
McNeer, May: "America's Mark Twain" (Production Notes)
Typed manuscript on carbon
(48 pages
Notes on illustrations
(15 pages
Incoming Correspondence. Houghton Mifflin (Mary K. Harmon, Walter Lorraine)
(2 letters
1 11
McNeer, May: "America's Mark Twain" (Illustrations)
Rough layout
[8 pages
Rough dummy (Pen)
(51 pages
Layout with paste-up text
(4 pages
Rough sketch of Mark Twain. Water color (7 x 8)
Simulated page from "Roughing It"
1 12
Methodist Publishing House: "Workers with Youth" (Magazine)
Incoming Correspondence. Methodist Publishing House (Wilson Estes)
[8 letters
Notes on articles by Elinor B. Stock
[3 pages
Tearsheet of Elinor B. Stock article on St. Augustine.
Layout page
(1 page
Rough Sketches for covers (8 1/8 x 10 1/4)
(4 sketches
1 13
Methodist Publishing House: "Workers with Youth" (Magazine) (cont.)
Rough sketches for covers (8 1/8 x 10 1/4)
(2 sketches
Proofs of illustrations
(7 pages
Irenaeus; the witness
Clement; most as a teacher
Origen; influence unlimited
Gregory Thaumaturgos; for a higher law
Ulfilas; maker of an alphabet
Augustine; the always contemporary
1 14
Oxnam, G. Browley: "The Invisible Fire" (brochure)
Incoming correspondence
Methodist Church. Commission of Promotion and Cultivation (Oscar L. Simpson, E. Harold Mohn)
(16 letters
Interboard Committee on Christian Vocations (Porter Anderson, Jr.)
(1 letter
Outline by Bishop Oxnam (carbon)
(7 pages
Carbon and Xerox draft. Holograph revisions
(28 pages
1 15
Oxnam, G. Browley: "The Invisible Fire" (brochure) (cont.)
Mimeographs pages
(5 pages
Research material
(18 pieces
Incomplete dummy
(32 pages
Rough sketches (crayon) (4 x 9)
People in line
1 16
Swift, Hildegarde Hoyt: "North Star Shining"
1 17
Van der Post, Laurens: "Flamingo Feather"
Correspondence. Incoming
(5 letters
Correspondence. Outgoing
(2 letters
Rough sketches
Man's head with background of spears. (2.25 x 3)
Man walking toward house (1.75 x 4.25)
Bird above bowl (2.25 x 4.25)
Color proofs of illustrations
Color guide

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's literature, American
  • Illustrators--United States
  • Wood-engravers--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Dawson, Carley--Correspondence
  • Ward, Lynd, 1905---Archives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Illustrations