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A Guide to the John DePol Collection

Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2004

Descriptive Summary

Creator: DePol, John, 1913-2004
Title: John DePol Collection
Dates: 1947-2001
Abstract: Copies of engravings, prints, and illustrations by John DePol. Includes articles about the artist, correspondence, publications, notes, exhibition materials, and ephemera.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 Box.
Identification: MS Group 180
Language(s): English
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Artist, wood engraver. John DePol was born in New York City in 1913. He left school at the age of sixteen to help support his family. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in Ireland. During this period, he studied lithography and produced several illustrations and prints. Following the war, DePol worked as a graphic designer and began wood engraving in 1947. Since that time, DePol has illustrated over two hundred books and widely exhibited his work. He has spent several decades teaching the art of wood engraving.

Scope and Content

The collection primarily consists of prints, cards, and copies on paper of several illustrations and wood engravings by DePol. Also included are articles discussing the artist's work, exhibition announcements and catalogs, a small amount of correspondence, miscellaneous documents and ephemera, as well as publications and other texts written or collected by DePol. Several items have typewritten commentaries by the artist explaining their significance. Of particular interest is a career retrospective entitled "A Time for Recollection" accumulated by DePol and featuring copies of his engravings, captions, and illustrations spanning three decades of his life.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Other institutions with DePol collections include Princeton University's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Rutgers University's Special Collections and University Archives, and the University of Delaware Special Collections.

Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John DePol Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by John DePol in 2000 and 2002.

Contents List

1 Article. "DePol's New York at South Street." The Printer. October 1997
1 Article. "Focus on Events: RIT Book Arts Institute Wood Engraving Workshop." Leslie Evans. Letterpress Guild of New England 10th Anniversary Issue, vol. 9. Autumn 1992
1 Article. "A Good Short Story Must Be News." Reviews by Frank O'Connor. The New York Times Book Review (2 copies). June 10, 1956
1 Article. "John DePol." American Friends of the Bodleian Newsletter. Two articles. 1992-1993, 1996?
1 Article. "John DePol and the Typophiles." Review by Geoff Spencer in Amphora. Spring 2000
1 Article. "John DePol, Wood-Engraver." David Chambers. The Private Library. Winter 1999
1 Article. Miscellaneous short articles on DePol. 1979-1988
1 Article. "New Rare Books: William Everson and Others." Georgetown University Library Associates Newsletter. August 1991
1 Article. "Typophiles Tribute to Wood Engraver John DePol has Many Memories for New York Area Printers." Brett Rutherford. Printing News. February 8, 1999
1 Article. "Village Artists Exhibits." The Villager. New York. July 3, 1947
1 Card. The Gate to St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick, Eire.
1 Card. Greetings from Attu.
1 Card. In Northern Ireland, 1944.
1 Card. The Lower Hudson River from the Erie Pier in Hoboken.".
1 Card. The Old Distillery at Ballyronan, Northern Ireland.
1 Card. The Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1 Card. Untitled Christmas card (2 copies).
1 Career Retrospective. "A Time for Recollection." Numbered and one unnumbered double sheets: copies of DePol's engravings, captions, illustrations, and an accompanying letter. Covers early 1960s to 1998. 1998-2000
1 Correspondence. Two letters. To John Anderson from DePol (with attachment of engraving: January Meeting, Club of Odd Volumes), and to Jim Fraser from DePol (Copies). 1987, 1993
1 Exhibition Announcement. "An Exhibition of Etchings, Lithographs and Drawings by John H. DePol." New York Public Library. July 1947
1 Exhibition Announcement. "John DePol: An American National Treasure." Book Club of California (2 copies). 2001
1 Exhibition Announcement. "John DePol Wood Engraver... Prints and Illustrated Books... Drawings, tools and blocks." Mills College, Oakland, CA (2 copies). 1987
1 Exhibition Catalog. "John DePol in Northern Ireland" (with invitation and article about exhibition). Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township. 2000
1 Exhibition Catalog. "John DePol's New York." South Street Seaport Museum, New York. 1997
1 Miscellaneous. Advertisement for publication: "John DePol: A Catalogue Raisonne of His Graphic Work 1935-1998." Book Club of California. Circa 1998
1 Miscellaneous. Business card for DePol/Wesley Group. Printouts of DePol Internet web sites, links, search results, etc. Cover of 1989 Printing History issue with note by DePol in Bernard Brussel-Smith. Advertisements. Copies of engravings, sketches, etc. 1947-1989, and not dated.
1 Miscellaneous. Copy of Carl Van Doren article, "Signing of the Declaration of Independence," including engravings. Franklin Keepsakes Series. With notes by DePol.
1 Print. Abraham Lincoln for "Lincoln's Journey into Greatness" by Earl Searcher, 1959 (2 copies).
1 Print. [Air balloon.] One of four hundred illustrations for the Landmark series of keepsakes... It appeared on page 12 of the 1983 issue.
1 Print. Atlantic Convoy 1943. Photocopy attached to copy of 1993 letter to Jim Fraser.
1 Print. Chapin Library (in Stetson Hall) Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
1 Print. Church of Saint Luke in the Fields. In folder with text by Don Wesley and article in The Villager, November 19, 1981.
1 Print. Dante Alighieri... for the magazine Horizon.
1 Print. Edgar Allan Poe.
1 Print. Intersection. In folder with text by Don Wesley. Subject of "John DePol's How to Make a Wood-Engraving.".
1 Print. John Baskerville.
1 Print. John H. DePol Lithographs, Drawings... [Advertisement].
1 Print. The Lycoming Charles Wesley... for Lycoming College.
1 Print. Merganthaler for Typophiles.
1 Print. O'Halloran's Swing and Hammock for the Insane... for Smith, Kline and French Laboratories.
1 Print. Old Printing Office.
1 Print. Oxford [Miss.] Illustration for The Yellow Barn Press, Willie Morris.
1 Print. Oxford, Miss. Illustration for The Yellow Barn Press, Willie Morris.
1 Print. Samuel Colt.
1 Print. Stone House. Stone House Press. Roslyn, New York.
1 Print. To make a dish of snow... Signed May 1948 / ed 20 1999 DePol.
1 Print. Tower of Old Main, Lycoming College.
1 Print. Typophiles March 22, 2000 Carl Schlesinger: Merganthaler Re-examined.
1 Print. [Untitled]... A Keepsake from the Stone House Press.
1 Print. Windswept, Sept 1992.
1 Prospectus. "By His Own Labor: The Biography of Dard Hunter" by Cathleen A. Baker. Northport, Ala.: Red Hydra Press (copy). 1999
1 Prospectus. John DePol pattern blocks. Tuscaloosa: Legacy Press (copy). 1999
1 Publication. California Flora. By Elizabeth McClintock, with wood engravings by DePol. San Francisco: The Book Club of California. 1995
1 Publication. Pressmarks from the Gravers of John DePol for Ardentia Veritas Press. Includes copy of letter from Alan Waring of the Press and proofs of three pressmarks. 1996

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Book design.
Lithography, American--20th century.
Lithography, American.
Wood-engraving, American--20th century.
Wood-engraving, American.

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