DeLoss McGraw Papers, 1970 - 2013 (MSS 631)

Extent: 12 Linear feet (9 archives boxes, 1 card file box, 69 oversize folders and 2 art bin items)

The papers of DeLoss McGraw, artist, children's book illustrator, fine arts lecturer, and educator, document McGraw's artistic career from the mid-1980s to 2003, especially his use of literary texts in his compositions and his collaborations with poets, most notably W.D. Snodgrass. The collection contains correspondence with literary figures, friends and members of the fine arts community; brochures, catalogs and reviews for McGraw's solo and group exhibitions; and documentation of his public art commissions, including the Carlsbad City Library Sculpture Project. Also included are numerous artworks by McGraw, particularly monoprints for edition books and projects such as his series "In Response to Poems by Snodgrass," printed at Magnolia Press. The collection includes materials related to the production of the trade books W.D.'S MIDNIGHT CARNIVAL (1988) and THE DEATH OF COCK ROBIN (1989) and for the illustrated children's book ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (2001), which earned him the Illustrator's Society Book of the Year Award for 2002.

DeLoss McGraw was born in Okemah, Oklahoma, in 1945. He attended East Central State College, Oklahoma; the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles; and the Art Institute of San Miguel del Allende, Mexico. McGraw obtained his bachelor of arts from California State University, Long Beach in 1969 and his master of fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan in 1971.

Before pursuing a full-time career as an artist, McGraw taught fine art at Northern Kentucky University from 1972-1975 and at the University of San Diego from 1978-1983. He also served as a guest artist at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1982, at the Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico in 1985, and at the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

Much of McGraw's inspiration comes from poetry and literature, as well as the disciplines of theater and music. McGraw has been a pioneer in art and poetry collaborative works since the 1980s. Besides his creative responses to writings by Emily Dickinson, Mary Shelley, Franz Kafka, W.B. Yeats, William Blake, and others, McGraw also incorporates the poet's text in the compositions of his paintings, especially in the collaborative works with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.D. Snodgrass, with whom he has worked since 1976. He has worked with a number of contemporary poets, including Robert Phillips, Robert Hass, Daniel Halpern, William Heyen, Thom Ward, Janet Lewis, and Barton Thurber, among others.

The papers of DeLoss McGraw contain artworks and book development materials for edition, trade and artist's books by McGraw, often collaborations with contemporary poets, including W.D. Snodgrass, William Heyen, Susan M. Wyler, Thom Ward, and Al Poulin, Jr. Also included are proofs of lithographs and monoprints, often in series, printed at the Tamarind Institute, Magnolia Press, Brighton Press, and the Ernest de Soto Workshop. The correspondence documents McGraw's collaborations with writers and poets, as well as business with gallery owners and the art community. The files also document McGraw's numerous exhibitions and public art projects. A small addition to the collection was processed in 2015, and Series 8 and 9 were added to the original finding aid.


The Brighton Press Archive (MSS 486) contains abundant DeLoss McGraw materials, especially for the fine press edition of MIDNIGHT CARNIVAL.

Container List


Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) MISCELLANEOUS/ABOUT MCGRAW: Writings and miscellaneous doodles by McGraw, as well as materials about the artist, such as a pamphlet of McGraw's biography and a typescript of an interview with McGraw, W.D. Snodgrass and Kathleen Snodgrass. Arranged alphabetically.

Box 1 Folder 1
Biography, ca. 1990

Brochure. Includes "The Situations of Our Dreams: Some Thoughts on the Art of DeLoss McGraw," essay by Robert Pincus.

Box 1 Folder 2
Cohen, Ronny. "DeLoss McGraw--Mary Ryan Gallery, New York City." Review, 1994
Box 1 Folder 3
Doodles, undated
Box 1 Folder 4
Doodles in Okemah (from nature), undated
Oversize FB-412-02
Doodles - 8 watercolor paintings by McGraw, 1989

Signed in pencil by McGraw, encased in a grey clamshell box.

Box 1 Folder 5
Havel, Vaclav - "Address of the President of the Czech Republic, His Excellency...", 1994
Box 1 Folder 6
Interview with DeLoss McGraw, W.D. Snodgrass and Kathleen Snodgrass, 1992 - 1994

Typescripts and correspondence.

Box 1 Folder 7
Journey of a Young Woman - Original sketchbook, ca. 2002

Includes a preliminary painting for "Leaving a Home of Darkness and a Knowledge that the 'Past is Never Dead,'" which appeared in an exhibition, "DeLoss McGraw: Journey of Woman" at ACA Galleries, March 8 - April 6, 2003.

Box 1 Folder 8
News clippings, 1979 - 2010
Box 1 Folder 9
Notes, undated
Box 1 Folder 10
Oklahoma Arts Institute - Course catalog and essay by McGraw, 1992 - 1995
Oversize FB-418-01
Photo-collage on board, undated


Box 1 Folder 11
Wichita Art Museum - Showcasing the Art of America, 1993 March - April

Brochure containing McGraw's juror statement and correspondence.

Box 1 Folder 12
Unidentified writings, undated


Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) CORRESPONDENCE: Personal and business letters, including drafts and typescripts of poems, essays, short stories, and signed broadsides by poets W.D. Snodgrass, Sam Hamill, Al Poulin, Jr., and Thom Ward. Among the letters of McGraw's clientele and friends are thank you notes enclosed with photographs of paintings by McGraw. Arranged alphabetically by surname.

Box 1 Folder 13-14
A-Z - Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 15
Anne Kohs and Associates, Inc. (Anne Kohs, agent), 1989 - 1990

Includes draft of McGraw's biography and contract agreement.

Box 1 Folder 16
Bennett, Annie, 1995 - 2007

Includes a photograph of McGraw and Bennett.

Box 1 Folder 17
Black, Sarah, 1989

Contains "DeLoss McGraw: A Literary Vision," student paper from Smith College.

Box 1 Folder 18
Bloom, Barbara S., 1999 - 2001

Includes "There was a hole...," typescript poem.

Box 1 Folder 19
Blue, Marian, 1993 - 2001
Box 1 Folder 20
Boa, Anne, 2001

Includes a photograph of paintings by McGraw.

Box 1 Folder 21
Bradshaw, Glenn R., 1993 - 1996
Box 1 Folder 22
Chase, William, 1985

Includes "How Is A Poem Like A Picture? The Art(s) of W.D. Snodgrass and DeLoss McGraw," typescript essay.

Box 1 Folder 23
Crawford, Olivia, 1992

Includes "Two Without Faces," typescript short story.

Box 1 Folder 24
Dittrick, Diane, 2002
Box 1 Folder 25
Fisher-Wirth, Ann, 2000 - 2005

Includes photograph of DeLoss McGraw artwork.

Box 1 Folder 26
Glassford, Donna, 1999 - 2000

Includes photographs of Donna and her son and photograph of dress McGraw painted for the "Swan Ball" in Nashville.

Box 1 Folder 27
Glenn, Constance, 2001 - 2013
Box 2 Folder 1
Graff, Herman, 1996 - 2002
Oversize FB-418-02
Hamill, Sam, ca. 1998

"Salutation, Late Autumn, 1991," broadside poem signed by Hamill.

Box 2 Folder 2
Harcourt Gallery (Kim Eaglesmith, director), 1989 - 1990

Regarding consignment. Includes correspondence to and from Anne Kohs and Associates, Inc.

Box 2 Folder 3-4
Heyen, William, 1992 - 2013

Includes poetry, keepsakes, and broadsides (The Hero, May Sarton, Blue Christmas, and Poetry) by Heyen. See also, SERIES 7: EXHIBITION MATERIALS, "Custer, Crazy Horse And The River of Electricity: A Painter's Response to Poetry, 1996-2001."

Box 2 Folder 5
Kirchoff, R.W., 1998

"Ein Dichter Liebe (A Poet's Love)", typescript poem.

Box 2 Folder 6
Lowe, Hilary, undated

"A Reaction to a Girl Who Obviously Never Learned to Swim," typescript poem.

Box 2 Folder 7
Mary Ryan Gallery (Mary Ryan, director), 1989 - 1992
Box 2 Folder 8
McCosker, Duncan, 1991 - 2002
Box 2 Folder 9
McCullough, David Willis, 2010 - 2011
Box 2 Folder 10
McCullough, Fran, undated

Sylvia Plath's editor.

Box 2 Folder 11
McGraw family, 1999 - 2003

Includes photograph of family.

Box 2 Folder 12
Memmer, Philip, undated
Box 2 Folder 13
Moore, Robert, 1992

"He Spoke to Me," typescript poem.

Box 2 Folder 14
Ollman, Leah, 1994 - 2012

Includes "Stories, Lessons, Legacy: A Personal Exploration of Genocide," typescript essay.

Box 2 Folder 15-19
Patrick, William B., 1994 - 2000

"18 Monologues," typescript poems; "Dreams When We're Not Asleep," typescript poems; "New Scenario," typescript outline of three plays after the book, THE DEATH OF COCK ROBIN; "In Heaven's Plain View: A Memoir in Poetry," typescript; and "Roxa: The Story of the Culver Family, March 1849 to January 1850," typescript draft.

Box 2 Folder 20
Phillips, Robert, 1987 - 2012

Includes photograph of Phillips.

Box 3 Folder 1
Pinsky, Robert, 1992 - 1997
Box 3 Folder 2
Piper, Eloise, 2001

Regarding cover art for her book, TEXTILE ART: CONTEMPORARY SURFACE DESIGN.

Box 3 Folder 3
Porter, Jimmie, 1990

"Anthony and Mister Grandfather," typescript short story.

Poulin, Alfred, Jr.

Box 3 Folder 4
Correspondence, 1991 - 1994

Includes photographs of Poulin, McGraw and others, photograph of painting by McGraw titled, "Why Did That Angel Cast its Blazing Shadow on my Tongue?" and "The Village Idiot," a short story by Poulin.

Oversize FB-418-03
"The Angel of Love" and "En Provence," broadside poems, 1992 - 1993

Signed in pencil by author and artist.

Box 3 Folder 5
Raisor, Philip, 1997

Regarding permission to use McGraw's gouache paintings in his book, TUNED AND UNDER TENSION: THE RECENT POETRY OF W.D. SNODGRASS, typescript.

Box 3 Folder 6
Rehl, Helen Krabbe, 1996 - 1997
Box 3 Folder 7
Rehme, Kay and Bob, 2003
Box 3 Folder 8
Rhone, Robert Lee, ca. 1998

"The Execution of a Child to an Adult" and "Surviving the Game!" typescript poems.

Box 3 Folder 9
Roeke (?), Joanne, undated

"Collecting and Recollecting: The Making of Memory in Joseph Cornell," typescript essay.

Box 3 Folder 10
Ryan, Michael T., 1989
Box 3 Folder 11
San Diego Union-Tribune, 2005 - 2009
Box 3 Folder 12
Seavest Group (Virginia Anne Bonito, fine arts consultant), 1994 - 2000
Box 3 Folder 13
Sheridan, Ann, undated

Includes proof print from "Up the Osage."

Box 3 Folder 14
Snodgrass, Kathleen, 1984 - 1997

Includes "A Presence" and "Lifelong" [typescript poems], exhibition proposal and "The Antic Imagination of DeLoss McGraw," typescript essay.

Snodgrass, W.D. (William De Witt), 1981 - 2002

Box 3 Folder 15-16
Correspondence, 1973 - 2008 and undated

Includes photographs of McGraw, Snodgrass and others.

Oversize FB-418-04
Broadside poems by Snodgrass, 1976 - 1996

Contains "Coming Down from the Acropolis," "Dance Suite: Minuet in F##," "Dance Suite: Mexican Hat Dance," "He Bare Him Up, He Bare Him Down," "From Snow Songs," "Snowdrops," "Winter, from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons," "Summer, from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons," and "Nocturne," signed by Snodgrass.

Box 3 Folder 17
Sorenson, Jane, undated

"The Hatter and the Bearded Scribe," typescript short story.

Box 3 Folder 18
Sorescu, Marin, undated

Selected typescript poems.

Box 3 Folder 19
Soto, Gary and Carolyn, 1993 - 2010
Box 3 Folder 20
Spires, Elizabeth, 1989 - 2011

Includes photograph of Celia Spires; "The Cat's Meow," typescript for picture book; and "The Lion and Lily," typescript poem.

Box 3 Folder 21
Styron, Polly, 1992 - 1995
Box 3 Folder 22
Tamarind Institute, 1995 - 2008
Box 3 Folder 23
Thompson, Laura Beth, undated

"The Thawing," typescript poem.

Box 3 Folder 24
Thurber, Barton, 1993 - 2005

"Monstrum II," typescript play and "Hey!," typescript poem.

Box 3 Folder 25
Tyler, Annie, 2011 - 2012

Ward, Thom

Box 4 Folder 1
Correspondence, 1998 - 2001

Includes TUMBLEKID signed by Ward and selected typescript poems.

Oversize MC-168-01
"Dark Underfoot" and "Walking Down This Mountain," broadside poems, 1998 - 2000

Signed by Ward.

Box 4 Folder 2
Whitworth, Haye, 2004
Box 4 Folder 3
Winters, Janet (Janet Lewis), 1989 - 1995

Includes selected typescript poems by Janet Lewis.

Box 4 Folder 4
Witte, George, 1992

Includes "1890s, After Storm," photocopy of poem.

Box 4 Folder 5
Young, Jill, 1997

Includes typescript poems with annotations.

Box 4 Folder 6
Unidentified correspondents


Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) EDITION BOOKS AND MONOPRINTS. Arranged in two subseries: A) Edition Books and B) Monoprints by McGraw.

A) Edition Books: Preliminary artworks by McGraw, artist's proofs, proof mock-ups, letterpress proofs, tissue drawings, lithographs, and watercolor paintings. Other materials include brochures, correspondence, annotated typescript drafts of poems and essays, selected writings, and research materials. Arranged chronologically.

B) Monoprints: Serial lithographs and artist's proofs, hand-printed by McGraw. Monoprints without dates are located at the end of the series and in alphabetical order by title. The early monoprints in this subseries date circa 1980s and the majority of these were printed at the Magnolia Press in San Francisco. Stone lithographs "Aspects of Alice" and "Poet: Wearing Tools of Trade," printed at Ernest de Soto Workshop, date from 1989 to early 1990s. Arranged chronologically.

Edition Books

Oversize FB-413-02
MOCK TURTLE'S SONG (1986) - Proof mock-up in blue clamshell box
Oversize MC-168-02
KINDER CAPERS (1986) - Suite of four monoprints, number 11/30, signed by McGraw

"W.D.," "The Big Beautiful Bird Has Been Shot By the Ugly Little Bird," "Young W.D. Faces the Dragon-Guilt," and "W.D. Picks A Bouquet for Cock Robin But Cannot Separate the Thorns From the Flowers." Includes written description. Two of these prints, "The Big Beautiful Bird Has Been Shot By the Ugly Little Bird" and "Young W.D. Faces the Dragon-Guilt" are currently located in the staff area with the framed art.

Oversize FB-418-10
FATHER WILLIAM (1987) - Artist's proof, 1986
Oversize FB-412-01
ORIGIN OF ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (1988) - Artist's proof signed by McGraw and James Herriot, in green clamshell box
Box 4 Folder 7-8

Softcover, signed in pencil by McGraw and Snodgrass. Typescript drafts annotated by Snodgrass.

Box 4 Folder 9
HARD TRAVELING (1989) - Selections from writings by Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck

Typescripts. Includes brochure from Brighton Press.


Box 4 Folder 10-11
Correspondence and selected writings, 1989 - 1990

Includes tissue drawings by McGraw, announcement card, research materials, and introduction by Hope B. Werness, typescript.

Oversize FB-413-01
Artist's proof signed by McGraw, in blue fabric-covered box


Box 4 Folder 12
Story by Dave Hickey and essays by Robert Pincus and Bart Thurber, 1991
Oversize FB-417-01
Watercolor paintings by McGraw and letterpress proof

The City of Carlsbad and The Carlsbad Arts Commission.

Box 4 Folder 13-14
EACH IN HIS SEASON (1993) , 1993 - 1995

BOA Editions, Ltd. catalog, Fall/Winter. Includes bookmark and correspondence. Typescript drafts with handwritten annotations by Snodgrass.

Box 4 Folder 15

Cover art.

Monoprints by McGraw

Oversize MC-169-01
Yeats, the Swan and Fairyland [and 2 monoprints of a swan without titles] hand-painted by McGraw, ca. 1980s

Printed at Magnolia Press, San Francisco.

After a Poem by W.D. Snodgrass, 1984 - 1985

Oversize MC-168-20
At Brighton Press, color stencil, signed by McGraw
Oversize MC-168-21
At Brighton Press, intaglio and color stencil, signed by McGraw number 9/30
Oversize MC-168-22
W.D. and the Blue Hat, 1984 - 1985

Signed by McGraw.

Oversize MC-168-23
Trial proof from edition of 30, 1984

At Tamarind Institute, signed by McGraw.

Oversize MC-168-04
W.D. Struggles with Cock Robin and Is Dressed in an Odd Robe That Must Be a Factory Reject - For It Has No.., circa 1984

Number 4/30, signed by McGraw.

Oversize MC-168-05
House the Poet Built, 2 monoprints in color and in black-and-white


In response to poems by Snodgrass

Oversize MC-169-02
"Let the Shivvering Eyelid Close the Dowd Surrounded" [sic], ca. 1988

Printed at Magnolia Press and series published by Haines Gallery, San Francisco.

Oversize MC-169-03
"Lullaby", ca. 1988

Printed at Magnolia Press and series published by Haines Gallery, San Francisco. Signed by McGraw.

Oversize MC-169-04
"The Poet's Tool for Escaping the Dream Shadow of Mr. Evil", ca. 1988

Printed at Magnolia Press and series published by Haines Gallery, San Francisco.

Oversize MC-169-05
"W.D. Consults with Kafka and Dostoyevsky Concerning the Whereabouts...", ca. 1988

Printed at Magnolia Press and series published by Haines Gallery, San Francisco. Signed by McGraw.

Oversize MC-169-06
"W.D. Creates A Device For Escaping", ca. 1988

Printed at Magnolia Press and series published by Haines Gallery, San Francisco.

Oversize MC-169-07
"W.D.'s Dance", ca. 1988

Printed at Magnolia Press and series published by Haines Gallery, San Francisco.

Oversize MC-169-08
Untitled [bird], ca. 1988

Printed at Magnolia Press and series published by Haines Gallery, San Francisco. Signed by McGraw.

Oversize MC-169-09
Untitled [figure blowing a trumpet-like instrument], ca. 1988

Printed at Magnolia Press and series published by Haines Gallery, San Francisco. Hand-painted and signed by McGraw.

Oversize AB-18-E01
Aspects of Alice, 1989

Number 17/75, signed by McGraw. Stone lithograph hand-printed at Ernest de Soto Workshop, San Francisco. Currently on long-term display in the Reference Area.

Poet: Wearing Tools of Trade

Box 4 Folder 16
Correspondence, 1990

Regarding announcement of monoprints and a roster containing names of those who purchased artwork, typescript.

Oversize MC-168-06
Artist's proof #3, 1990

Stone lithograph hand-printed at Ernest de Soto Workshop, San Francisco. Currently on long-term display in the Director's office.

Oversize MC-169-10
15th Annual Literary Arts Festival, 1992

Number 15/23, signed by McGraw.

Oversize MC-168-24
Blue Simplist, 1993

Printed at Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, lithograph signed by McGraw. Untitled print believed to be "Blue Simplist" currently located in the staff area with the framed art.

Oversize MC-168-25
The Escape, 1993

Commissioned by Tamarind Institute, number 1/15, signed by McGraw.

Box 4 Folder 17
Tamarind Institute brochures, 2001 - 2002

Includes McGraw's monoprints of selections from ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.

Oversize MC-168-07
Alice, ca. 2001

Hand-printed at Tamarind Institute, New Mexico.

Oversize MC-168-08
Circus Loosely, ca. 2001

7 monoprints hand-printed at Tamarind Institute: "First Cart Study;" "Fourth Cart Study;" "Sixth Study for Cart;" "Thinking of Kurt Weill" [2 versions], signed by McGraw; and "Left-Handed Musician for Kurt Weill" [2 versions, one of which is currently located in the staff area with the framed art].

Oversize MC-168-09
Who Are You? Said the Caterpillar, ca. 2001

Hand-printed at Tamarind Institute, signed by McGraw.

Oversize MC-168-10
Black Swan at Schloss Benrath, [poem by Robert Phillips?], undated

Little Red Riding Hood

Box 4 Folder 18
Lithographs, undated

17 lithographs (4x6) on different color papers, 4 hand-painted by McGraw. Printed at Ernest de Soto Workshop, San Francisco.

Oversize MC-168-11
Lithograph, undated

Hand-printed at Ernest F. de Soto Workshop, San Francisco.

Oversize MC-168-12
Sylvia Plath 1946-1956, undated

9 monoprints hand-printed at Tamarind Institute, signed by McGraw. One of these prints, "Sylvia Plath 1952," is currently located in the staff area with the framed art.

Oversize MC-168-13
Poet Detects the Nothingness of Mr. Evil , undated

2 monoprints. Number 12/30, signed by McGraw.

Oversize MC-168-14
W.D. Snodgrass - You Sentimental Fool, undated

Number 3/10, signed by McGraw with fingerprints and names: Daniel, Joyce, Frank, Sara, and Marea.

Oversize MC-168-15
W.D. Snodgrass You Silly Man Come Out of the Storm, undated

Signed by McGraw with fingerprints and names: Daniel, Joyce, Frank, Sara, and Marea. Currently located in the staff area with the framed art.

Oversize MC-168-16
Yeats and the Dream, undated

Number 1/30, signed by McGraw.

Oversize MC-168-17
Untitled [nudes], undated

7 monotypes hand-printed and signed by McGraw at Tamarind Institute. One of these, [nude woman], is currently located in the staff area with the framed art.

Box 4 Folder 19
Nadja Press - Miscellaneous prints, undated
Oversize MC-168-03
ALWAYS, undated

Working proof and hand-painted lithograph proofs by McGraw, signed in pencil and encased in a black clamshell box. Includes corrections on letterpress printing. Edition of fifteen copies, at Art Department of Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) TRADE BOOKS: Spanning the dates 1983-1992, the series consists of two trade book publications, W.D.'S MIDNIGHT CARNIVAL (1988) by Artra Publishing, Inc. and DEATH OF COCK ROBIN (1989) by the University of Delaware Press. This series, arranged chronologically, contains typescripts, annotated drafts and correspondence from Snodgrass. It also includes two typescript poems not included in the book, "The Midnight Carnival: Resisting the Hypnotist, Dr. Ph. D. Dark" and "The Midnight Carnival: Tunnel of Romance." Includes clippings and announcements.


Box 4 Folder 20-21
Clippings, announcements, and correspondence with Snodgrass, 1987 - 1991
Box 5 Folder 1-2
Paperback edition and typescript drafts with handwritten annotations by Snodgrass, 1988 - 1989

Includes a letter to the editor by A. Poulin, Jr. and two typescript poems not part of the book: "The Midnight Carnival: Resisting The Hypnotist, Dr. Ph. D. Dark" and "The Midnight Carnival: Tunnel of Romance."

Box 5 Folder 3-5
DEATH OF COCK ROBIN (1989), 1983 - 1992

Clippings and announcements, correspondence with Snodgrass, and typescript drafts with handwritten annotations by Snodgrass.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS: Spanning the years 1990-2002, the series documents McGraw's illustrations and designs for children's books. McGraw won book awards for FISH STORY (1993) and HIPPITY HOP, FROG ON TOP (1995). The collection includes extensive preliminary artwork for ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (2001), including correspondence, original sketch drawings, drawings on tracing paper, color photocopies of paintings by McGraw, page proofs, mock-up clamshell boxes in five different colors with hand-painted cover art, clippings, photographs of the "Alice" series paintings, and reviews. Media is restricted; researchers may request user copies be produced. Arranged chronologically.


Box 5 Folder 6
Book jacket, announcement card, and correspondence, 1992 - 1994
Oversize MC-169-11

HIPPITY HOP, FROG ON TOP (1994), 1994 - 1995

Box 5 Folder 7-8
Unbound book with book jacket and Please Touch Book Award

Includes photos of author Natasha Wing.

Oversize MC-171-02
Watercolor painting, 1990
Box 5 Folder 9
NEW VESTMENTS (1995), 1994 - 1995

Publisher catalog and correspondence.

Box 5 Folder 10
Gott Lachelt (2001)

German. Published in MEIN HEROLD, a Christian Science magazine for children.


Box 5 Folder 11-13
"Alice" series paintings

Photographs of "Mad Tea Service," "It was much pleasanter at home...," "Will you walk a little faster?...," and "There was a table..." Clipping from Architectural Digest, February 2002. Untitled lithograph [rabbit with teapot], 10/70.

Box 5 Folder 14-15
Announcements and correspondence, 1990 - 2002
Box 5 Folder 16
Drawings and annotations by McGraw

Artwork done on transcriptions taken from LEWIS CARROLL (Derek Hudson, 1977) and ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Lewis Carroll, 1935).

Box 5 Folder 17
Drawings in pencil and ink by McGraw, originals

Includes 2 photographs of exhibition.

Box 5 Folder 18
Paintings and color photocopies of chapters 1 and 7-12

79 leaves.

Box 5 Folder 19-21
Page proofs and cover art
Box 6 Folder 1
Negatives of sculptures by McGraw

Standing sculptures of the Mock Turtle, Alice [front and back], Gryphon [front and back], and boy.

Box 6 Folder 2-4
Newspaper clippings, reviews, and signage of the book, 1986 - 2002
Oversize FB-414-01
Mock-up purple clamshell box, with hand-painted cover art by McGraw

[Painting of Queen of Hearts] signed in pencil by McGraw.

Oversize FB-414-02
Mock-up red clamshell box, with hand-painted cover art by McGraw

[Painting of a boy and rabbit] signed in pencil by McGraw.

Oversize FB-415-01
Mock-up blue clamshell box, with hand-painted cover art by McGraw

[Painting of Alice and mouse], signed in pencil by McGraw.

Oversize FB-415-02
Mock-up orange clamshell box, with hand-painted cover art by McGraw

[Painting of bowl] signed in pencil by McGraw.

Oversize FB-416-01
Mock-up yellow clamshell box, with hand-painted cover art by McGraw

Painting of "Still she went on growing...," signed by McGraw.

Oversize FB-417-02
Clamshell box with hand-painted cover art by McGraw

Case for mock-up proof [two-page proofs of text and art design].

Oversize FB-417-03
Mock-up proof consisting of two-page proofs, glued in place, 2000 July - September

Includes sketch drawings and annotations by McGraw. Contains loose pages.

Oversize FB-418-11
Drawings on tracing paper overlaying color photocopies of paintings

Contains the contents page, chapters 1-6 and verso of the jacket art. Includes 8 illustrations not used in the book, tracings with color photocopies.

Oversize FB-419-01
Final untrimmed proofs, first pull, 2000 December

Missing page 92.

Oversize FB-419-02
Final untrimmed proofs, 2000 December

Missing pages 92 and 112.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 6) WORKS ON COMMISSION AND PUBLIC ART: Documentation of McGraw's professional works on commission, including public art projects. The series contains a variety of cover art by McGraw including playbills and announcement cards for the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, art design for a KCRW brochure and many dust jackets. In addition, this series includes proofs and layouts for the broadside poem "Only the Traveler Can Change the Journey," signed by the author and the artist to commemorate the publication of Thom Ward's book of poetry, SMALL BOAT WITH OARS OF DIFFERENT SIZE (2000). Preliminary studies, sketch drawings, photographs, and notes document McGraw's involvement in public art, such as the sculpture project at Carlsbad (California) City Library, the installation of "Children's Chair for the Seasons" at Nashville Public Library, as well as a bronze sculpture of a mermaid for the resort hotel at Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico. Also included in this series are two portrait drawings in charcoal on paper. Arranged chronologically.

Box 6 Folder 5
San Diego Children's Museum - Preliminary study, 1990 - 1991

Not commissioned (Bob Sain, director).

Box 6 Folder 6

Cover art, illustrations, and correspondence.

Box 6 Folder 7
Wilshire Building Project, 1990

Contains project quotation.

Oversize MC-169-11
Fern Street Circus. "The Story of Pino the Barber", 1991 September

Limited-edition poster. San Diego, California. [Item 17 in folder].

Box 6 Folder 8
Scottsdale Center for the Arts - Cover art for playbills and announcement card, 1993 - 1997
Oversize FB-418-05
Shakespeare Festival/LA (SFLA) - Brown paper bag design by McGraw, 1994
Box 6 Folder 9
Wenk, Mimi, 1994 - 1995

Contains photographs of paintings by McGraw, original thumbnail sketches, and correspondence.

Box 6 Folder 10
EVERYDAY SEDUCTIONS. Stories and poems edited by Gary Soto. Cover art by McGraw, 1995

Painting of "Mary With A Troubled Thought," proof of cover art.

Box 6 Folder 11
TAMEME, 1997 - 2001

Correspondence regarding cover art.

Box 6 Folder 12

Cover art for 5th edition: painting of "Recess."

Box 6 Folder 13
Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Project for the Children's Hospital, 1998 - 2002

Correspondence and sketch for installation.

Carlsbad City Library Sculpture Project

Box 6 Folder 14
Drawings with dimensions, project description, and notes, ca. 1999
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Poster for the grand opening, 1999

[Item 15 in folder].

Box 6 Folder 15
Nashville Public Library Public Art Program - "Children's Chair for the Seasons", 1999 - 2001

Original and color photocopies of rough sketches by McGraw, photograph of McGraw, contact sheet of sculptures, brochure, contract agreement, and correspondence.

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Only the Traveler Can Change the Journey - Broadside, ca. 2000

For the occasion of the publication of Thom Ward's book of poetry, SMALL BOAT WITH OARS OF DIFFERENT SIZE. Contains paste-up, proofs and hand-painted print signed by McGraw and Ward, number 25/300.

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Portrait of Bart - Charcoal drawing highlighted with white chalk on paper, 2002 December
Box 6 Folder 16
KCRW - "Angel Levels for the 21st Century" - Brochure artwork by McGraw, 2003
Box 6 Folder 17
3 earrings for pierced ears - Sketch drawings of designs by McGraw, undated
Box 6 Folder 18
Coachella Valley Child Care - Cover art by McGraw
Box 6 Folder 19
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos, Mexico - Sketch drawing of a mermaid by McGraw for the bronze sculpture, with notes
Box 6 Folder 20
Latin Grammy Awards - Preliminary study, undated
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SPEKTRUM - Cover art by McGraw, ca. 1987

Paste-up proof with annotations.

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Untitled charcoal drawing highlighted with white chalk and background painted in blue gouache on paper, undated


Scope and Content of Series

Series 7) EXHIBITION MATERIALS: Materials from solo and group exhibitions, spanning the years 1975-2003. The series includes catalogs, pamphlets, brochures, reviews, correspondence with poets and others, invitation and announcement cards, posters, and photographs of McGraw and others. Arranged chronologically.

Box 6 Folder 21
Miscellaneous clippings, 1987 - 2003
Box 6 Folder 22
Miscellaneous invitation cards, 1987 - 2002
Box 6 Folder 23
Cincinnati Invitational Awards - Exhibition: Drawings and Prints, 1975 February 6 - March 30

At Cincinnati Art Museum. Photocopy of catalog.

Box 6 Folder 24
Invitational American Drawing Exhibition, 1977 September 17 - October 30

At Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, California. Catalog.

Box 6 Folder 25
Poet's New Love, 1983 March

Review by Robert Pincus. At Adrienne Simard Gallery, Los Angeles. Also includes article by Elise Miller, "The Artist and the Poet." SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE, vol. 35, no. 11, September 1983.

Box 6 Folder 26
Who Killed Cock Robin? Paintings by DeLoss McGraw: In Response to the Recent Poetry of W.D. Snodgrass, 1984

Includes 3 black-and-white photographs of watercolor paintings: "W.D. Becomes Entangled in the Nest of His Thoughts," "Is W.D. Innocent or Ignorant of Himself Being Observed?" and "W.D. Don't Fear That Animal."

Box 6 Folder 27
In Response to the Poetry of Yeats at Coole Park, 1985 August 30 - September 28

Announcement card. At Harcourts Contemporary, San Francisco.

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Death of Cock Robin: Poems and Paintings, 1986

Poster. [Item 1 in folder].

Box 6 Folder 28
DeLoss McGraw: The Painter-Poet, 1987

Includes annotated typescript draft of essay by Jane K. Bledsoe for the catalog.

Box 6 Folder 29
House the Poet Built, 1987 December

Contains invitation cards (2) with hand-painted etchings signed by McGraw, number 4/125 and 106/125. At Haines Gallery, San Francisco. Includes review.

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2nd International Contemporary Art Fair, 1987 December 10-14

Poster. At Simard and Halm Gallery, Los Angeles. [Item 2 in folder].

Box 6 Folder 30
Works on Paper '88, 1988 December 2 - 1989 January 7

Blurb in the "Gallery Guide." At Moss/Chumley Gallery, Dallas.

Galleria Incontro D'Arte, 1988 February 10 - March 6

Box 6 Folder 31
Catalog, Rome
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At Galleria Incontro D'Arte, Rome, Italy.

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Wounded Angel, 1988 April 1 - May 7

[Item 4 in folder].

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Maison Visinand, 1988 April 29 - May 20

At Montreux, France. [Item 5 in folder].

Box 6 Folder 32
Hard Traveling, 1990 February 16 - March 24

Exhibition plans, correspondence with Brighton Press, and notes. At Moss/Chumley Gallery, Dallas.

Box 6 Folder 33
Dante's Paradise, 1990 May 8 - June 7

Thumbnail drawings by McGraw, notes, and correspondence. At Galleria Incontro D'Arte, Rome, Italy.

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James Joyce Conference, 1989 June

Poster. [Item 6 in folder].

Box 6 Folder 34
Rambling Shoe, 1989 November

Consignment inventory, correspondence, clippings, and "Collectively Written Songs" by the children of Oklahoma. At Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Pasadena.

Box 6 Folder 35
Dear Theo, 1990 April 20 - May 31

Correspondence, notes, articles on Van Gogh, and announcement card. At The Annex Gallery, San Diego.

Drowned Ophelia. Linda Moore Gallery, San Diego, 1992 January 30 - March 7

Box 6 Folder 36
News clippings, undated
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"Unfinished work" - 3 watercolor paintings, 1991

15th Annual Literary Arts Festival, 1992 October 4-8

Box 7 Folder 1
Announcement cards, brochure, correspondence, clipping, photograph of McGraw, and contact sheet

Held in conjunction with the Old Dominion University Literary Festival, Dominion University of Norfolk, VA.

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[Item 7 in folder].

Box 7 Folder 2
Museum in the Making: The Stephane Janssen Collection of Contemporary European and American Art, 1992 November

Brochures, announcement card, clippings, and "Portrait - The Janssen Collection," typescript essay. At Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Box 7 Folder 3
DeLoss McGraw. Galeria de Arte - Alianza Cultural Uruguay - E.E.U.U., 1993 May


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Listening to Angels, 1993 October

Poster. At Sylvia White Gallery, Santa Monica, California. [Item 9 in folder].

Box 7 Folder 4
California Gothic: Recent Paintings by DeLoss McGraw, 1993 December 1-30

Brochure, correspondence, and clipping. At Mary Ryan Gallery, New York.

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Angels on Earth, 1994

Poster. [Item 10 in folder].

Box 7 Folder 5
DeLoss McGraw: Twenty-Five Small Black and White Drawings, 1995 December

Pamphlet. At Bentley Gallery.

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Oklahoma Art Institute - Poster, 1995-1996

[Item 11 in folder].

DeLoss McGraw: Oklahoma Gothic, 1997 September 26 - November 16

Box 7 Folder 6-8
Sketch drawings by McGraw, notes, and study materials. Photographs of talk at University of Oklahoma and of McGraw's studio and castle

Includes invitation card, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and photograph of Wyler for catalog.

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Paintings [14] for John Ashbery's poem, photocopies
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As A Poem, So Is A Picture, 1997 November 21 - 1998 February 1

Box 7 Folder 9-10
Proofs, correspondence, minutes, announcements and lesson plans

Photocopied catalog proofs annotated by McGraw, meeting minutes, announcements and correspondence. Integrating Art and Literature: lesson plans for primary through upper elementary school.

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Custer, Crazy Horse and The River of Electricity: A Painter's Response To Poetry, 2000 April 7 - June 25

Box 7 Folder 11-13
Drawings, photographs, and correspondence, 1996 - 2001

Original drawings by McGraw, photographs of finished paintings with annotated poetry by Heyen, correspondence, and selected pages from brochure. Includes "Crazy Horse and Custer: The River of Electricity," typescript with annotations by McGraw, correspondence and photograph of Heyen with others. Correspondence regarding the broadside, McGraw's drawing of an upside-down Custer paired with Heyen's poem, "Wormhole."

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Broadside poems

In commemoration of the DeLoss McGraw/William Heyen exhibition. Contains 2 broadsides, [one hand-colored by McGraw, number 75/75], signed by McGraw and Heyen.

For Children Only - Alice. "Alice, Home and Stuff", 2000 May 6 - June 21

Box 7 Folder 14
Drawings by McGraw with text. William D. Cannon Art Gallery
Box 8 Folder 1
Working dummy books by McGraw and C.O.
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Poster for exhibition

[Item 16 in folder].

Circus Loosely, 2001

Box 8 Folder 2
Catalog and brochures , 2001 March
Box 8 Folder 3
"The Children's Crusade" - Selected writings by USD students. Includes annotations and sketches by McGraw, 2000 November
Box 8 Folder 4
Materials on Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and John Highkin, 2000 December
Box 8 Folder 5
Drawings by McGraw with selected catalog pages. Includes a gouache painting for Brecht study and notes, 2001
Box 8 Folder 6
Newspaper clippings, 2001

"Gimpel the Fool"

Box 8 Folder 7
Ink drawings by McGraw, undated
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Paper casts hand-painted by McGraw, ca. 2001

Contains 3 different versions of compositions and colors, unfinished.

Box 8 Folder 8-9
Photographs of McGraw in a costume and on stilts, with contact sheets. Photographs of McGraw with others at opening reception, ca. 2001

"Circus Bear Poster"

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Brush painting and paste-up on paper by McGraw, ca. 2001
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Mold for paper cast , ca. 2001

Cast [cracked at bottom] by John David Boyd.

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Paper cast hand-painted by McGraw, signed and framed, ca. 2001

Currently on long-term display in the Seminar Room.

Box 8 Folder 10
Public art in Albuquerque - "Queen of Hearts in Red Field", 2002


Box 8 Folder 11
Unidentified exhibition materials, undated

List of artworks and installation plan view of a gallery.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 8) PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS: Watercolors, mixed media paintings, and drawings by McGraw, several inspired by poets including Walt Whitman, William Heyen, T.S. Eliot, and W.B. Yeats. Signed by the artist. Arranged chronologically.

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Untitled [man with bowler hat, insect, and bird], 1974

Colored pencil drawing with brads.

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Journey of a Young Man - Early Study, 1977

On Albrecht Durer in Venice. Drawing with pastel detail.

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After T.S. Eliot - In the Room the Women Come and Go Talking of Vietn [sic], 1979
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That Demon That Plagues Me Day and Night - Yeats, 1979
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W.D. Defends the Symbol, 1982
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Sleeping Boy's Dream, 1992
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After a Poem by W. Heyen, 1992
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Requiem Soprano, 1995
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Homage to Joseph Cornell, 1997
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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry from Leaves of Grass, undated
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Cul-de-sac Man, undated

Poemlet Press cards with William Heyen

Box 10 Folder 1
Miscellaneous, circa 2011

8 cards. No original artwork. Cards include poems "Constituents," "Fast Food," "Flame," "Evensong," and "She" and "Archival" from an unidentified Brockport, NY series.

Box 10 Folder 2
"You're holding an original...", 2011

6 cards. Original watercolors by DeLoss McGraw. Numbered series 4-9.

Box 10 Folder 3
Stamp illustrations, 2011

5 cards. Includes poems "Dream Spinster," "First Draft: A Pig Note," and "Nature."

Colored pencil illustrations, circa 2010-2011

6 cards. Drawings and poems by Heyen, including "The Eye," "Childhood Hammock," and "In Your Hand."

Box 10 Folder 5
Reproductions, 2011


Scope and Content of Series

Series 9) PHOTOGRAPHS: Photographs of DeLoss McGraw, his family, and poets, including W.D. Snodgrass; and of McGraw's Scottsdale studio and Mary Ryan Gallery exhibition. Arranged alphabetically.

Box 8 Folder 12
Fisher-Wirth, Ann, 2008
Box 8 Folder 13
Mary Ryan Gallery show, ca. 1990
Box 8 Folder 14
McGraw, DeLoss, 1995 - 1998 and undated
Box 8 Folder 15
McGraw, DeLoss group photos, ca. 1970 and undated
Box 8 Folder 16
McGraw family, 1993 - 2009 and undated
Box 8 Folder 17
Scottsdale studio, 1996 - 1997
Box 8 Folder 18
Snodgrass, W.D., undated
Box 8 Folder 19
Soto, Carolyn and Gary, undated
Box 8 Folder 20
Miscellaneous photographs - Includes art dealers and museum staff, 2001 and undated


Scope and Contents of Series

Series 10) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES: Originals of brittle or high acid content documents that have been photocopied.

Box 9 Folder 1-6
Boxes 1-8