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Collection Details


Collection Name: John DePol Papers
Repository Name: University of Delaware. Library. Special Collections Department [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Newark, Delaware, United States
URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/depol/index.htm
Dates Spanned: 1837-2004
Description: The John DePol Papers document a remarkable artistic life and the career of arguably the most renowned American wood engraver of the twentieth century. Over 51 linear feet of personal papers and an additional extensive book collection trace the evolution of John DePol’s craft from his early experiments in lithography during his military service in Ireland, England, and Europe, to his apprentice years with Lewis White Company, on through his prolific career as a wood engraver for commercial firms and fine press printers which continued into the twenty-first century. During this period John DePol has collaborated with some of the most important individuals in the world of printing, including Lewis and Dorothy Allen (The Allen Press), John Anderson (The Pickering Press), John Fass (Hammer Creek Press), the Typophiles, Arthur Rushmore (The Golden Hind Press), Robert M. Jones (Glad Hand Press), Barnard Taylor (Press of Appletree Alley), Steve Miller (Red Ozier Press), Morris A. Gelfand (The Stone House Press), Jan and Crispin Elsted (Barbarian Press), Neil Shaver (Yellow Barn Press), and a host of others. During his long career DePol also continued to produce commercial work, keepsakes, invitations, booklets, and illustrations for countless magazines, corporations, publishers, foundations, and academic institutions.
Broad Subjects: Art; Biography; Intellectual life
ASP Subjects: Art; England; Europe; Ireland; Letters; United States; Wood in art; Woodwork; Woodworkers
Collection Code: OHC0004761