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[Walter L. Pforzheimer collection of Century Company illustrations]

Call Number: GEN MSS 1219
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 142 drawings and watercolors by twenty-seven artists who were commissioned by the Century Company to create illustrations for their popular periodicals The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine and St. Nicholas Magazine, in particular to illustrate stories for children. Most of the drawings have paper labels or production marks in crayon on their versos indicating the magazine, volume number, and projected page number where the images were to appear, the section of the magazine (such as "Open Letters" to the editor or the “In Lighter Vein” departments), prices paid to the artists, and notes such as “Plate wanted,” “Blueprint at once,” and “Great Haste!” While many prominent illustrators from the era are included in the collection, those represented by the largest number of drawings are Reginald B. Birch (10), Harrison Cady (9), Oliver Herford (22), Charles M. Relyea (47), and I. W. Taber (8).

Language of Materials

Captions in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Walter L. Pforzheimer Collection of Century Company Illustrations 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

Gift of Walter L. Pforzheimer (Yale 1935, 1938L), 1955.


Arranged alphabetically by artist, and by size thereunder.

2.1 Linear Feet (17 boxes)
Related Names
Pforzheimer, Walter L. (Walter Lionel), 1914-2003
Benda, Wladyslaw T. (Wladyslaw Theodore), 1873-1948
Birch, Reginald B., 1856-1943
Blaisdell, E. Warde
Blum, Robert Frederick, 1857-1903
Blumenschein, E. L. (Ernest Leonard), 1874-1960
Bransom, Paul, 1885-1979
Brennan, Alfred, 1853-1921
Cady, Harrison, 1877-1970
Church, Frederick S. (Frederick Stuart), 1842-1924
Cox, Kenyon, 1856-1919
Edwards, George Wharton, 1859-1950
Gaul, Gilbert William, 1855-1919
Harker, G. A.
Herford, Oliver, 1863-1935
Kemble, E. W. (Edward Windsor), 1861-1933
Lungren, Fernand, 1857-1932
Lutz, Edwin George, 1868-1951
Nuttall, Charles
Post, Charles Johnson, 1873-1956
Potthast, Edward, 1857-1927
Price, Norman, 1877-1951
Raleigh, Henry, 1880-1945
Relyea, C. M. (Charles M.), 1863-1932
Storer, Florence Edith
Taber, I. W. (Isaac Walton), 1857-1933
Language of Materials
Language of Materials