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Winifred Lubell papers, 1933-2003

Winifred Lubell papers, 1933-2003

Lubell, Winifred Milius, 1914-2012

Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 1.8 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of illustrator Winifred Lubell measure 1.8 linear feet and date from 1933-2003. The collection consists of 25 sketchbooks dating from 1933-1983, with original drawings and watercolors. There are copies of published books and unpublished manuscripts written and/or illustrated by Lubell. There are also loose ink drawings and a folio of drawings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Winifred Lubell (1914-2012) was an illustrator from Wellfleet, Mass.

Provenance

The Winifred Lubell papers were donated in 2003 by Winifred Milius Lubell.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the Winifred Lubell Papers, 1933-2003, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Susan Cary and Stephanie Ashley
Scope and Content Note
The papers of illustrator Winifred Lubell measure 1.8 linear feet and date from 1933 - 2003. The collection consists of 25 sketchbooks dating from 1933-1983, with original drawings and watercolors. There are copies of published books and unpublished manuscripts written and/or illustrated by Lubell. There are also loose ink drawings and a folio of drawings.
Biographical Note
Winifred Milius Lubell (1914-2012) was a prolific illustrator who worked primarily in the Massachusetts area. She is best known for her illustrations of a series of books by Dorothy Sterling,
The Outer Lands
, a natural history of Cape Cod.
Winifred Lubell was born in 1914 in New York City. She studied at the Art Students League in New York with George Grosz and other members of the League's faculty from 1933 to 1935. During the Great Depression, Lubell and her fellow students were encouraged by Grosz to go out into the city and document the plight of the homeless. In 1936 she began attending the Duncan Phillips Museum School in Washington D.C. She met and married textile expert and writer Cecil Lubell in 1939, with whom she shared an avid interest in mythology, psychology, linguistics and the history and visual styles of written languages. Together, they had two children David and Stephen.
After World War II Lubell began her long career as an illustrator. With her husband she created a series of children's books emphasizing natural history, animals, plants and ecosystems.
Here Comes Daddy
, appeared in 1945 with text and illustrations by Lubell. In 1994, Lubell published
The Metamorphosis of Baubo, Myths of Woman's Sexual Energy
which became an important resource for feminist scholarship. Her artwork can be found in the Rutgers Art Museum and the Kerlan collection in Minneapolis.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 1 series:
Series 1: Winifred Lubell Papers, 1933-2003 (Boxes 1-3, OV 4; 1.8 linear feet)
Provenance
The Winifred Lubell papers were donated in 2003 by Winifred Milius Lubell.
Processing Information
The collection was minimally processed by Susan Cary in 2004.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Winifred Lubell papers, 1933-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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