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Fred Nankivel papers, 1899-1973

Nankivel, Fred, 1876-1950

Designer, Cartoonist, Illustrator, Landscape painter


Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot, (on 2 partial microfilm reels)

Summary: Letters, photographs, printed material, art work, biographical material, writings and a scrapbook.
REEL 641: Letters of Nankivel and his daughter, Claudine Nankivel Cooke; 12 clippings; 21 manuscripts for films written by Nankivel and 18 poems and songs by his brother, Guy Nankivel; drawings by Nankivel, Claudine Cooke, Peter Newell, Lawrence Wilbur, and Art Young; 66 original comic strips; 22 reproductions of work by Nankivel; and photographs of Nankivel in his studios, Claudine and her book illustrations, and of the Nankivel and Newell families, including Peter Newell.
REEL 1038: A book of illustrations by Nankivel entitled "Chalk Talk"; a scrapbook containing biographical information, photographs of Nankivel, his family and paintings, scripts and lyrics for Nankivel's "Uncle Mun" movies, sketches, cartoons, watercolors, and letters.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, illustrator; cartoonist, designer; New York, N.Y. Born in Iowa. Illustrator for Harpers, Puck, Scribners and Judge magazines and the New York Herald. He painted seascapes and landscapes of New England in the "Ashcan School" style. He developed animation for the Edison Moving Picture Company in the early 1900's. Nankivel also was a toy designer, playwright and theatre director.


Material on reel 641 (except art work) donated by Claudine Nankivel Cooke, Fred Nankivel's daughter, 1973. Material on reel 1038 and art work on reel 641 lent for microfilming by Cooke, 1976.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 641 (fr. 1-566) and 1038 (fr. 43-133) available for use 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

Fred Nankivel papers, 1899-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.