Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Arthur Rackham papers, 1904-1967

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1041
Bib ID 4079245 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Rackham, Arthur, 1867-1939
Title Arthur Rackham papers, 1904-1967
Physical Description 21 boxes (21 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/37_RA-REE_02.pdf

This collection is located on-site.

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Cataloged and arranged.



The collection contains 26 letters by Rackham and nine Christmas cards either specially designed by him or incorporating designs made for his books. Letters to Rackham's biographer, Derek Hudson, from Winifred Wheeler, daughter of Walter Freeman, a friend who started Rackham on his commercial career. The manuscript notebooks, galley proofs, and a printed copy of Hudson's ARTHUR RACKHAM: HIS LIFE AND WORK are included. Also, notes, drafts, and miscellaneous material relating to the Arthur Rackham catalog published by the Friends of Columbia University Libraries in 1967. In addition, the library has a collection of 413 Rackham drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings, 30 sketch books, and about 400 printed books and ephemera.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Arthur Rackham papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

AR letter to Scheuer & 34 greeting cards Cataloged & processed HR 08/18/93.

Subject Headings

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Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greeting cards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paintings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketchbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Artists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Children's literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Christmas cards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hudson, Derek Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrated children's books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wheeler, Winifred Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

British illustrator. Beginning with RIP VAN WINKLE in 1905, Rackham illustrated 50 major works, including ALICE IN WONDERLAND, A MIDSUMMER HIGHT'S DREAM, WINNIE THE POOH, and other English and American classics.