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Philip Reed Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1279

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for three titles published between 1940 and 1963. Production materials include an ink sketch, and various print proofs. The collection also includes some miscellaneous printing samples done for the magazine Consulting Engineer as well as advertisements and material related to Reed's printing shop, some printing samples possibly done for a rhyme sheet put out by Holiday House [publisher] in 1935, and other miscellaneous prints.


  • 1936-1964, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical Sketch

Philip Reed was born January 17, 1908 in Park Ridge, Illinois. He spent his youth in Park Ridge and later studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the Art Institute he studied the works of such illustrators as Howard Pyle and Randolph Caldecott who would later influence his own work. In 1930, he established his first printing company, the Broadside Press, and over the next decades Philip Reed gained a reputation using "fine quality work". Most of "his work has been engraved" and Philip Reed worked using "a great deal of color". Philip Reed designed and illustrated many books for children and critics praised his "detailed color wood prints." In 1958, he illustrated a new edition of James Thurber's classic Many Moonsand in 1963 published Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymeswhich received many awards and honors and his work has been displayed at the Library of Congress in Washington, the Victoria and Albert Museums in London and other institutions. Reed died in 1989.

Biographical sources: Something About the Author, volume 29, pp 166. Illustrators of Children's Books: 1957-1966, pp 163.


0.4 Cubic Feet (1 flat box)

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The collection contains proofs related to three titles illustrated by Philip Reed, as well as other advertisements and miscellaneous prints.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. Three signed prints from Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes were donated by Barbara L. Nay in 2004.



Philip Reed Collection, 1936-1964, undated
Christina Cowan and Sharlene Murphy
04/1999, 11/2004
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Collecting Area Details

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