Ralph Creasman papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1939–1998 (bulk 1975–1990)

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

4.3 linear feet of material consisting of materials related to the art of graphic designer Ralph Creasman, including books he illustrated, illustration prototypes, promotional materials, illustration samples from books, magazines, advertisments, and his own promotional materials and greeting cards. Also included are Creasman's personal papers, including photographs, correspondence with friends and colleagues, and official documents.

Biographical Historical Note

Ralph William Creasman was a Chicago-based illustrator active during the latter portion of the 20th century. Creasman was particularly active from the 1950s through the 1990s, with illustrations appearing in numerous children's books, textbooks, magazine articles, and advertisements. He frequently collaborated with designer Muriel Underwood.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Society of Typographic Arts Records, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives.

Possibly related collection: Muriel Underwood papers, 1950-1977, Newberry Library