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John O. C. McCrillis Designs and Art Work

 Collection
Call Number: AOB 18

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of examples of graphic designs and art works created by John McCrillis, including painting and drawing, relief printing, lettering, and typography. Examples are drawn from his work at the Yale University Press as well as his freelance work and works produced at McCrillis’s Penny-Whistle Press.

Dates

  • 1938-2003

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Curatorial permission required before use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John O. C. McCrillis.

Arrangement

Organized into four series: I. Personal Files, 1947-2002. II. Early Work, 1940-1950. III. Non-Commissioned Work, 1938-2003. IV. Commissioned Work, 1940-1994.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 1 flat file)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/arts.aob.0018

Overview

The collection consists of examples of graphic designs and art works created by John McCrillis, including painting and drawing, relief printing, lettering, and typography. Examples are drawn from his work at the Yale University Press as well as his freelance work and works produced at McCrillis’s Penny-Whistle Press.

Biographical / Historical

John O. C. McCrillis studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1930s and was one of the first students in the Graphic Design program at the Yale School of Art. After receiving an MFA from Yale in 1952, McCrillis took a position as a typographer with Yale University Press, where he worked until his retirement in 1979. He produced pamphlets, broadsides, keepsakes, greeting cards, and other works at his own Penny-Whistle Press and created works on a freelance basis for many institutions and organizations. In 1993, he published his autobiographical work, An Airman’s Letters: and Other Recollections of World War II, May 18, 1942, to September 18, 1945, by the Penny-Whistle Press.
Title
Preliminary Guide to John O. C. McCrillis Designs and Art Work
Author
Compiled by Susan Brady and Fantasia Thorne
Date
February 2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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