Research and Teaching Resources

The Howard Pyle Manuscript Collection documents the life and work of one of the most influential American illustrators of all time. Howard Pyle’s work and teachings ushered in the golden age of American illustration, and influenced generations of illustrators in the United States. The Museum’s manuscript collection includes Pyle’s correspondence, lectures, photographs, newspaper clippings, as well as scrapbooks of his book and magazine illustrations.

Complementary to the Pyle collection, the Helen Farr Sloan Library also collects manuscript materials of Pyle’s students. Important collections exist for artist/illustrators such as Gayle Porter Hoskins, Bertha Corson Day Bates, Elizabeth Shippen Green, N. C. Wyeth, Stanley Arthurs, Harvey Dunn, Katharine Pyle, and Maxfield Parrish. The Library is fortunate to have an extensive manuscript collection devoted to Howard Pyle’s student, Frank Schoonover. The Schoonover Manuscript Collection includes biographical materials, the artist’s personal record keeping, correspondence, photographs, picture files of models, and memorabilia.

The Howard Pyle Manuscript Collection consists of biographical history of Pyle’s family, primarily correspondence, photographs and obituaries; correspondence between Pyle and his students; newspaper clippings; reproductions and scrapbooks of all his book and magazine illustrations; development of the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts in conjunction with the growth of the Howard Pyle Collection; and exhibition catalogues and lectures about Pyle. Sub-collections include the primary and secondary material gathered by Richard Wayne Lykes, Willard S. Morse, Howard Pyle Brokaw, and Paul Strayer. Click here to view finding aid.

The Students of Howard Pyle Files consist of correspondence, exhibition catalogs, book and magazine illustrations, newspaper clippings and photographs collected by the Library internally and from various donors. Click here to view finding aid.

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Delaware Art Museum Archival Collections related to specific Pyle students
Additional resources on Howard Pyle, his students, and American illustration
Classroom Activities