Illustration by Al Parker for "Expression of Love," Good Housekeeping, February 1956.

Dedication of the Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

September 27, 2016
West Campus Library, Brown Hall, & Steinberg Hall

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton announces the dedication of the Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, a division of Special Collections. Made possible by an endowing gift from Ken and Nancy Kranzberg.

Douglas B. Dowd joined the faculty of Washington University in 1992, and is a professor of art and American culture studies. His work as an illustrator, critic, and curator has helped to attract, shape, and interpret distinguished collections in late 19th and 20th century American illustration. The event will include a morning open house in the collections, an afternoon symposium on American illustration and consumer culture, and an evening lecture by Dowd.

10a-Noon Tour of the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library Collections
Lower Level, West Campus Library, 7425 Forsyth Blvd.

1-4p: Symposium
Illustration, Consumer Culture, and Social History
Brown Lounge, Brown Hall, Danforth Campus

1p Keynote lecture: Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, chief curator and deputy director, Norman Rockwell Museum

2p Panel: Reading Objects and Images
Moderator: Heidi Kolk, associate director of American culture studies
Panelists: Vernon Mitchell, Jr. cultural historian and curator of popular history, Olin Library; Jeff Pike, illustrator and professor of design; Michelle Repice, cultural historian and assistant director, Washington University Teaching Center

3p Panel: Institutional Engagement with Consumer Culture: Opportunities and Challenges
Moderator: Douglas B. Dowd, professor of design and American culture studies
Panelists: Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, NRM; Jody Sowell, director of collections and exhibitions, Missouri History Museum; Nadia Ghasedi, associate university librarian for Special Collections

6p Reception | 6:30p Lecture: Douglas B. Dowd
Invisible Pictures
Steinberg Auditorium, Danforth Campus

The Dowd Modern Graphic History Library consists of original works, printed matter, process materials, and correspondence associated with the illustrated periodical and popular print in the United States. The collections feature sketches, studies, and finished works by 19th and 20th century American illustrators, tear sheet archives, poster collections, illustrated books, and periodical runs from European and American sources.

Questions? Contact Jody Mitori at or 314.935.5418.