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Seymour Chwast Collection


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Professional Development


Mechanical Drawings

Rolled Posters

Posters on Board

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Seymour Chwast Collection, 1961-2007 | MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Seymour Chwast Collection, 1961-2007Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: MGHL/mghl00021

Primary Creator: Seymour Chwast (1931)

Other Creators: Milton Glaser (1929)

Extent: 9.0 Linear Feet


Items are divided into series based on material type and art medium.

The contents of this collection are currently arranged as follows:

Series 1: Professional Development

Series 2: Posters

Series 3: Mechanical Drawings

Date Acquired: 00/00/2015

Subjects: Cartoonists., Chwast, Seymour, Glaser, Milton, Pushpin Group, Inc.

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes posters, professional development materials, and mechanical drawings by Seymour Chwast mainly dating between the 1960s and 2000s.

Collection Historical Note

Seymour Chwast is a designer and illustrator born in 1931 in New York City. An active designer throughout his entire life, Chwast is known for his unique illustrative style, which has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair, as well as posters, advertising, and children's books. In his work, Chwast often combines social issues and comical illustrations to create engaging design.

Chwast, along with his Cooper Union schoolmates Milton Glaser, Edward Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins, founded Push Pin Studios in 1954. Though the studio began with freelance work solicited through their Push Pin Almanack publication, they became highly influential in the late 20th century. Pushpin's 1970 retrospective at the Louvre's Musée des Arts Décoratifs gained international acclaim and was later toured through Europe and Japan. The studio has affected visual media and culture through print, posters, product design, books, and their own publications.

An archive of Chwast's work can be found online through the Seymour Chwast Archive, at http://www.seymourchwastarchive.com/

Subject/Index Terms

Chwast, Seymour
Glaser, Milton
Pushpin Group, Inc.

Administrative Information

Repository: MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions to access.

Use Restrictions:

Some restrictions, please contact the Modern Graphic History Library Curator at (314) 935-7741 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu.

Users of the collection must read and abide by the Rules for the use of Modern Graphic History Library materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent to publish Modern Graphic History Library materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Acquisition Method: The collection was purchased by the Modern Graphic History Library from Seymour Chwast in 2015

Related Materials: There are several books with Seymour Chwast illustrations at the Kranzberg Art and Architecture Library, as well as the Special Collections at Olin Library. Please reference the WUSTL catalog for specific items. For more information please see http://catalog.wustl.edu/.

Preferred Citation: Seymour Chwast Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: The collection was processed by Noah Jodice in June 2015.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Noah Jodice in June 2015

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Professional Development],
[Series 2: Posters],
[Series 3: Mechanical Drawings],
[Series 4: Rolled Posters],
[Series 5: Posters on Board],

Series 3: Mechanical DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Kissing ScrapAdd to your cart.
From unknown work. Pg. 22-23
Item 2: Act 1: The Meeting & Act 2: The FlirtationAdd to your cart.
From unkown work
Item 3: Act 3: The Courtship & Act 4: The BedAdd to your cart.
From unkown work
Item 4: Act 5: The Parting & Act 6: The VowAdd to your cart.
From unkown work
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Illustration from "Sam's Bar", 1987Add to your cart.
From the book "Sam's Bar," written by Donald Barthelme and illustrated by Seymour Chwast
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Mother Goose title pageAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Mother Goose pg. 3-4Add to your cart.
Item 3: Mother Goose pg. 4-5Add to your cart.
Item 4: Mother Goose pg. 13-14Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Alphabet Parade pg. 30-31, 1991Add to your cart.
Item 2: Skeleton and Guillotine from unknown workAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Paper Pets front and back cover pages, 1993Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Professional Development],
[Series 2: Posters],
[Series 3: Mechanical Drawings],
[Series 4: Rolled Posters],
[Series 5: Posters on Board],

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