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In September 2016 the special collections library that preserves historical American illustration at Washington University in St. Louis, USA, was named after D. B. Dowd. A longtime professor in the university’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Dowd is a tireless advocate for the preservation and study of popular print culture and was instrumental in the establishment of this library in 2007. The D. B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library (DMGHL) is a repository of printed and original illustration and of several prominent illustrators’ estates, including those of the legendary Al Parker and Robert Weaver. The DMGHL is also a study centre open to students, scholars and the public, and a leader in illustration studies and research. The Journal of Illustration is pleased to print verbatim Dowd’s speech given on the occasion of the naming. – ed.
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Keywords: Al Parker; Betty Friedan; Clement Greenberg; Jim Crow; Ladies Home Journal; archive; illustration theory; magazines

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Washington University in St. Louis

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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  • Illustration is a rapidly evolving field with an excitingly broad scope. Despite its cultural significance and rich history, illustration has rarely been subject to deep academic scrutiny. The Journal of Illustration provides an international forum for scholarly research and investigation of a range of cultural, political, philosophical, historical, and contemporary issues, in relation to illustration. The journal encourages new critical writing on illustration, associated visual communication, and the role of the illustrator as visualizer, thinker, and facilitator, within a wide variety of disciplines and professional contexts.

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