The day has finally come: Illustration House's collection has just been unveiled at the Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.
I had a bit of a hand in making this transaction happen, and I while I am sad that the collection will no longer be at my fingertips in New York, I am THRILLED that the collection has been saved intect and will be available for all researchers, and catalogued and conserved.
The collection amalgamates many many smaller tearsheet and book collections amassed by illustrators, that were later acquired by Walt Reed, who had his own collections building since he was a young man (Walt is now in his mid-90s). Walt and son Roger then added to it for some 40 years. It is probably the most significant research collection on American illustration to exist.