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Grant T. Reynard Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Date: Jan 2001

Biographical History

Grant T. Reynard (1887-1968) was an American artist and illustrator. His illustrations appeared in many national magazines, including Saturday Evening Post, Country Gentleman, Ladies' Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Collier's, McCall's, and many more.

Grant Tyson Reynard was born October 20, 1887, at Grand Island, Nebraska, to Stephen Blackstone and Jennie Lynd (Bacon) Reynard. He studied at the Chicago Art Institute, 1906-1907, and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, 1908-1911. He established himself as an illustrator in New York and for ten years contributed to leading magazines. His increasing interest in painting, etching, and lithography took him to the chief centers of study in Europe, especially to Paris and London. After his return to America, he spent eight summers painting and etching at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. His work is in the Metropolitan, Fogg, Newark, Norton, Addison, and Montclair Art Museums as well as the Library of Congress and New Public Library, and he had one-man shows at the Addison Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Andover, Kennedy and Company, New York, Grand Central Galleries, Clayton Gallery, and Association of American Artists, New York

Reynard served six years on the faculty of the Grand Central School of Art, New York, conducted the Department of Art at Millbrook School, Millbrook, New York, was artist-in-residence at Palo Duro School of Art in Texas, and taught two summers at the University of Texas. He lectured on art to many colleges and clubs, and was a member of the National Academy of Design, Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, New Jersey Water Color Society, Associated Artists of New Jersey, Society of American Graphic Artists, American Water Color Society, Audubon Artists, Prairie Print Makers, and American Artists Group. In 1955, Baldwin-Wallace College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD).

Reynard was also a skilled pianist, the author of a book-length poem Rattling Home for Christmas, and a regular contributor of articles on art to Scribner's and other national magazines.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Grant T. Reynard Papers, dating from 1930 to 1966, consist of correspondence, subject files, and published material.

Correspondence is subdivided into incoming and outgoing. Incoming correspondence (1930-1965) consists of 152 letters, dating from 1930-1965. Many of the correspondents are officials of universities and colleges, museums and art associations, as well as artists Norman Kent, Mainbocher, Mahonri Young, and Harry Wickey. Outgoing correspondence consists of 30 letters dating from 1940-1965. Among the recipients are Norman Kent, editor of American Artist, and H. J. Smith, President of Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio. Correspondence of others consists of five letters dating from 1930 to 1963, and includes that of poets Frances Frost and Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Subject files, dating from 1930 to 1966, include citations and honors, contracts and financial matters, exhibitions, lectures, and material relating to the Edward MacDowell Colony (1930-1964). There is a folder on the Millbrook School, photographs and paintings by others, personal photographs, photographs of Reynard's paintings and illustrations, and a slide.

Published material includes 24 articles about Grant Reynard. Magazines represented include Art Digest, Prints, and American Artist. There are five articles by Grant Reynard which appeared in The Western Artist, Scribner's, and American Artist. Ten illustrations by Reynard appeared in various magazines, listed alphabetically by magazine name. Also included are 107 newspaper clippings about Reynard, dating from 1932-1965; ten clippings about others, dating from 1935-1952; and a book-length poem entitled Rattling Home for Christmas.

Arrangement of the Collection

Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically, then chronologically; outgoing is arranged chronologically, then alphabetically. Correspondence of others is arranged alphabetically. Subject files are arranged alphabetically. Published material is arranged alphabetically by title.


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Use Restrictions:

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the papers of a number of artists and illustrators. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953.
Fabri, Ralph, 1894-
Kent, Norman, 1903-1972.
Reynard, Grant T., 1887-1968.
Wickey, Harry.
Young, Mahonri Mackintosh, 1877-1957.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, American.
Etchers -- United States.
Lithographers -- United States.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Exhibition catalogs.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Grant T. Reynard Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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Published material