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William Henry Walker papers, 1892-1937

Walker, William Henry, 1871-1938

Painter, Cartoonist, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 0.8 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Printed material; art works; and portrait sketches.
REEL 4386: 226 portrait sketches and caricatures, 1919-1937, of members of the Dutch Treat Club, Walker's friends, notable artists, musicians, actors, politicians, and writers of the day. Sketches are signed by the sitters.
UNMICROFILMED: Proofs, offprints, clippings of cartoons, and illustrations made primarily for LIFE magazine; and two pen and ink drawings, 1892.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cartoonist, illustrator; New York, N.Y. His professional career was as a hospital administrator. Contributed political and satirical cartoons to LIFE, HARPER'S, NEW YORK EVENING POST, and NEW YORK HERALD. He was the first to use the lithographer's crayon for cartoons.


Material on reel 4386 lent for microfilming and unmicrofilmed materials donated, 1989 by Walker's daughter-in-law, Alice Smith (Mrs. Robert Miller) Walker. Her husband had collected and annotated his father's papers.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 4386: Originals at the New York Historical Society, New York, N.Y.

How to Use This Collection

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

William Henry Walker papers, 1892-1937. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.