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COLLECTION — Box: 1 Identifier: MS Am 1608

David Claypoole Johnston drawings and papers


291 drawings in chalk, pencil, pen, and wash, on paper. Also includes 1 drawing on wood, some metal engraving plates, isinglass plates, engravings, letters, and other papers.


  • 1800s

Language of Materials

In English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Restricted: fragile; consult curatorial staff (Item (59)).


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Biographical / Historical

David Claypoole Johnston (1798-1865) was an 19th-century American cartoonist, printmaker, painter and actor from Boston, Massachusetts. He was the first natively trained American to master all the various graphic arts processes of lithography, etching, metal plate engraving, and wood engraving.


Collection is unprocessed.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number--59M-260.

Processing Information

Processing Information Minimal description created from existing records, Adrien Hilton, 2020.
Link to catalog
Johnston, David Claypoole, 1799-1865. David Claypoole Johnston drawings and papers, 1800s (MS Am 1608): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 16, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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