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Dean Cornwell papers, 1893-1981

Cornwell, Dean, 1892-1960

Muralist, Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 3.9 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, 1937-1978, including a text for the biography, DEAN CORNWELL: DEAN OF ILLUSTRATORS by Patricia Janis Broder; correspondence with artists and business associates; diaries, ca. 1941-1957; writings and notes; business records, ca. 1949-1961; ten sketches, undated and 1934; five scrapbooks containing reproductions of others' art works; exhibition announcements and catalogs, ca. 1940-1960; clippings, magazines, pamphlets and brochures, ca. 1926-1960; reproductions of art works; photographs, undated and 1920-1960, of Cornwell and of his art works; and slides and transparencies.

Biographical/Historical Note

Muralist, painter, illustrator. Cornwell was born in Louisville, Ky. in 1892. He attended the Chicago Art Institute and began his career as a newspaper and magazine illustrator. He painted murals for the lobby of the Eastern Airlines Building at Rockefeller Plaza, the Hotel Warwick's Raleigh Room, and the Los Angeles Public Library. He is also well known for his painting of WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle.


Donated 1984 by Lucy Cornwell, daughter of Dean Cornwell.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3781-3783 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Dean Cornwell papers, 1893-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.