Visual Arts Collections
Researchers interested in visual history, the history of photography, cartoon art, and examples of chromolithographic techniques will provide excellent examples among the visual arts collections in Special Collections.
The Sally Bird Howry Collection of Albumen Prints
consists of 143 photographs depicting architectural wonders of the early 20th century.
The Mahan Collection of American Humor and Cartoon Art
is an extensive collection of animation cels, drawings, comic strips, cartoon panels, caricatures, illustrations, model sheets, posters, books, auction catalogs, DVDs, ephemera, and realia. The collection also includes over 100 years of American editorial cartoons.
Photographic Lantern Slides
depicting world travel sites and historical subjects document a visual history that has either disappeared or changed significantly over the past century.
The Archibald Slaymaker Glass Plate Negatives Collection includes 19 carte de visite photographs, 31 black and white prints, and 39 glass plate negatives. Forty-six of the original glass plate negatives have been digitized and are available online
The Noel Wisdom Collection of Chromolithographic Prints
includes greeting cards, trade cards, postcards, specialty cards, die-cut scraps, advertisements, and a few reproductions of fine art. It provides excellent examples of chromolithographic techniques such as stripling, innovations, and the use of bronze powders.
Illustrated letters and envelopes chronicling the weekly—and sometimes daily—correspondence between Alvin P. Yorkunas and his wife Mary Anne comprise a significant portion of the Yorkunas Collection
. Also included are personal journals, military documents, postcards, and printed ephemera that relate to Alvin’s military service during World War II.