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Library Receives Grant to Create Web-Access to Printmakers' Works

Lynd Ward Watercolor

Lynd Ward's unpublished watercolor for a 1929 Prince Bantam graphic novel is one of the works by early 20th-century American printmakers that Lauinger Library has made more accessible to scholars through a recent grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

January 10, 2012 – The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded Georgetown’s Lauinger Library a $95,200 grant to make records of six printmakers in its collection accessible online.

The artists include four female printmakers library officials say have been particularly underappreciated.

Georgetown received its CLIR Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant for an 18-month project to catalog the personal collections of Lynd Ward, whose “wordless novels” are regarded as some of the earliest American graphic novels; the late John DePol; the late Louise Miller Boyer; the late Marguerite Kumm; Helen King Boyer; and Kathleen Spagnolo.

The library will catalog prints, drawings and printmaking matrices such as the woodblocks for Ward’s earliest graphic novels. A substantial archive of correspondence and manuscripts from the artists will complement their work.

“We are delighted to receive this grant. Broader access to and a wider examination of these collections are a benefit to scholarship worldwide,” Kirk says. “The artists’ experimental working methods may be studied through materials in the collections by scholars, but also may be used in the classroom for teaching.”

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