Peter Newell collection
Scope and Contents
The collection contains 73 drawings by the artist Peter Newell which were acquired by the library, either by purchase or gift, primarily through funds left to the library by Newell's grandson Alfred Z. Baker (1907-1987). They include illustrations created for the Harper and Brothers firm and their periodicals Harper's Weekly, Harper's Monthly and Harper's Bazar; illustrations created for other publishers; examples of Newell's personal artwork such as a self-portrait, and portraits of his wife and son; and caricatures of African Americans.
- 1878-circa 1920
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Peter Newell Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Drawings in Series I were purchased from James Cummins on the Alfred Z. Baker Fund; Series II were purchased from Heritage Book Shop, Inc. on the Jockey Hollow Fund; Series III were purchased from Jo Ann Reisler, Ltd. on the Alfred Z. Baker, Jr. Fund; Series IV was the gift of Adele Zachrisson; Series V through Series XVII were purchased from James Arsenault & Company on the Alfred Z. Baker Fund.
Organized into seventeen series: I. Drawings, 1895-1909. II. 2004 Addition, undated. III. 2005 Addition, 1914. IV. 2006 Addition, undated. V. 2007 Addition, 1894-1902. VI. 2008 Addition, 1893-1899. VII. 2009 Addition, 1895-1913, undated. VIII. 2010 Addition, circa 1896, circa 1901. IX. 2011 Addition, 1892, 1913. X. 2012 Addition, undated. XI. 2013 Addition, 1891-1911, undated. XII. 2014 Addition, undated. XIII. 2015 Addition, 1878-1912, undated. XIV. 2016 Addition, 1886-1893, undated. XV. 2017 Addition, circa 1900-1920. XVI. 2018 Addition, 1897, circa 1909. XVII. 2019 Addition, 1908.
1.26 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection contains 73 drawings by illustrator Peter Newell which were acquired by the library, either by purchase or gift, primarily through funds left to the library by Newell's grandson Alfred Z. Baker (1907-1987). They include illustrations created for the Harper and Brothers firm and their periodicals Harper's Weekly, Harper's Monthly, and Harper's Bazar; illustrations created for other publishers; examples of Newell's personal artwork, such as a self-portrait and portraits of his wife and son; and caricatures of African Americans.
Peter Newell (1862-1924)
Peter Newell, an illustrator and author, was born in Illinois and lived in and around New York City for most of his life. Extensive information on Newell and his career appears in the finding aid for the Peter Newell Family Papers (YCAL MSS 62).
- African Americans -- Caricatures and cartoons
- Bangs, John Kendrick, 1862-1922 (House-boat on the Styx)
- Bangs, John Kendrick, 1862-1922 (Pursuit of the house-boat)
- Caricatures and cartoons
- Cartoons (humorous images)
- Children -- Pictorial works
- Christmas -- Caricatures and cartoons
- Harper & Brothers
- Harper, Lillie Hyde, 1881-1941 -- Ownership
- Illustrations (layout features)
- Illustrators -- United States -- 19th century
- Illustrators -- United States -- 20th Century
- Magazine illustration -- United States
- Newell, Clendenon Sheaf, 1892-1918 -- Portraits
- Newell, Leona Dow Ashcraft, 1861-1954 -- Portraits
- Newell, Peter, 1862-1924 -- Portraits
- Newell, Peter, 1862-1924
- Paintings (visual works)
- Sampson, William Thomas, 1840-1902 -- Caricatures and cartoons
- Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Caricatures and cartoons
- Stockton, Frank R., 1834-1902 (Great stone of Sardis)
- Washington, Augustine, approximately 1694-1743 -- Caricatures and cartoons
- Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Caricatures and cartoons
- Watercolors (paintings) -- United States
- Guide to the Peter Newell Collection
- by Sandra Markham, Brooke McManus
- February 1994. Revised: May 2022.
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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