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Jessie Willcox Smith Papers

Summary Information
Title: Jessie Willcox Smith Papers
Dates: n.d.
Creator: Smith, Jessie Willcox
Extent: 2 boxes
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1845
The collection contains 2 original framed oil paintings--gifts of Carolyn Haywood

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is 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.


Miscellaneous original art,

Biographical Sketch

Jessie Willcox Smith was born in Philadelphia in 1863. She originally studied to be a kindergarten teacher and actually served in that capacity before accidentally discovering a propensity for drawing. She's one of the few illustrators I've profiled who wasn't an astonishing child prodigy. She was probably around 20 before she took up a pencil. Initial studies were quickly replaced with formal courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she learned from Thomas Eakins, and others. She graduated in 1888 and began a long, distinguished career. Her earliest work appeared in the monthly magazine for children, St. Nicholas . She died in her sleep in 1935. She was America's premier female illustrator during most of her life.

Biographical Source: , 2008

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains 2 original framed oil paintings--gifts of Carolyn Haywood.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Smith, Jessie Willcox
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Miscellaneous original art  
Box Box 222, 225
original framed oil paintings, gifts of Carolyn Haywood (2 p.)  Box Box 222, 225