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Elizabeth Mackinstry's Archive of Unpublished Artwork and Manuscripts

Identifier: exws-_emackinstryarchive

Scope and Contents

Archive of Unpublished artwork and Manuscripts. An archive of loose works from the latter part of the life of Elizabeth MacKinstry inspired by medieval artwork and verse. The archive includes many small sketches, studies, calligraphic intitals, 20 mounted studies, 24 pages of medieval poetry done in calligraphy and illuminated by MacKinstry (unfinished). This collection gives one an insight not only into her interests, but also her creative process.


  • Creation: 1879-1956


Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth MacKinstry was a well-known and respected illustrator, but her first love was music. She spent her early years studying and performing violin in Europe, but her career was cut short by tuberculosis. Afterwards, she was no longer capable of playing violin, so she turned to art. She studied under Auguste Rodin and would then go on to teach upon returning to the United States. Her illustrated children's books are sought after and collected, including Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Eliza and the Elves by Rachel Field, D'Aulnoy's The White Cat, and others.


1 boxes

Language of Materials


Archive of unpublished artwork and manuscripts Finding Aid
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Katarina Rexing
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Western Michigan University Libraries, Special Collections
Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490