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Allen Lewis Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-060
The Allen Lewis Collection, measuring over eight feet, highlights the life and work of an American woodblock artist and engraver. The collection contains major series of biographical, correspondence, manuscripts, artwork, media, and secondary materials. The biographical material is mainly that of his professional career, coming from secondary sources, such as a "Who's Who" article. The correspondence is composed of letters sent to Lewis' mother while he was in Paris (1894-1902) and letters received asking for services (1902- ), with the latter being sparse. The manuscript material contains articles and lecture notes. The bulk of the collection lies in the prints and sketches prepared during his career for book illustrations and periodicals, along with a vast assortment of bookplates, which seem to have been Lewis' mainstay. The sketches and prints number over 1300. The media material complements the prints and sketches, in that they were often the source or means for their production. Included in the photographs and negatives are prints that were used for examples in his work. One such piece would be a young DeWitt Jayne in a tree with his cousin, this print was the grounds for Lewis' illustration for The half-breed and other short stories by Walt Whitman. Examples of woodblocks, linoleum cuts, and engraving plates, along with the tools necessary for their production, accompany the collection. Secondary material features articles, news-clippings, reviews, and other items relating to the work and career of Lewis. The collection contains each monographic work that Lewis is known to have illustrated, except for Walter White's Fire in the Flint, for which Lewis provided the illustration for the jacket, and many of the periodicals.

Dates

  • Created: 1873-1985
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1894-1947
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1974

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Extent

28.00 boxes

37 linear feet other_unmapped

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Source of Acquisition

Gift
Method of Acquisition The Allen Lewis Collection was the generous donation of DeWitt Whistler Jayne to Wheaton College in 1974, a nephew of Lewis and a distant cousin of famous artist, John McNeil Whistler.

Other Descriptive Information

The Allen Lewis Collection gives examples of the life and work of a contemporary American artist. Lewis was an engraver and wood-block artist, illustrating at least 16 books and numerous periodicals, and had a distinctive style that later influenced his students, one such student was Norman Kent.

Creator

Title
Allen Lewis Papers
Author
Special Collections, Buswell Library Staff
Date
05/01/2008
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Buswell Library Repository

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