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Prentiss Taylor Collection

Identifier: CLRC-1519

Scope and Contents

The collection contains two black and white lithographs, one titled "Supper at Port," dated 1937, and the other "Morelia Aqueduct," dated 1942. The collection also contains three sheets of poems by Ben Wasson, Jr. with colored block print illustrations by Taylor (undated), as well as three chapbooks/pamphlets from Winter Wheat Press, with hand-colored block print illustrations by Taylor (dated 1929-1930).


  • Creation: 1929-1942, 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 / Historical

Artist and lithographer Prentiss Taylor was born 1907 in Washington, D.C. He studied at the Art Students League in New York City and became a landscape painter. He spent four months in Charleston, South Carolina in 1933 doing sketches of rundown buildings. Working for the W.P.A., he made a series of lithographs from these drawings. He served as president of the Society of Washington Printmakers for 34 years and did pioneering work in art therapy with mental patients at Washington hospitals. He died in 1991.

Biographical Source: , 2008 , 2008


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Collection contains two black and white lithographs and poems and pamplets with colored decorations created by Prentiss Taylor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of this collection was first given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who donated it to the University of Minnesota.

Prentiss Taylor Collection, 1929-1942, undated
Leslie Czechowski and Diep Truong
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Revision Statements

  • June 2023: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library