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David Hendrickson papers

Identifier: Coll 043

Scope and Contents note

The David Hendrickson Papers has been meticulously organized by the widow of Hendrickson, documenting his half-a-century career as a freelance artist, illustrator, and advertiser. The collection contains original magazine, book and advertising illustrations, and copies of published materials in which his work was published, artwork, and personal memorabilia.


  • 1920-1963


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

David Hendrickson (1896- 1973) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the sixth of 10 children. He attended St. Paul public schools and attended high school while taking night classes at the St. Paul Institute of Art. He enlisted in and served with the 25th regiment of Engineers from 1917- 1919. Afterwards, he earned a diploma at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Toulouse, France. He was married to Margaret Ellen Renshaw in 1923. He lived in San Francisco and later New York where he began his 50-year freelance career with the reputation as an artist specializing in rural, historical, and character subjects. Hendrickson's' work was known for its creativity and accuracy due to his, "painstaking research to all details concerned with any subject he depicted. His use of whimsy, metaphor and allegory in subtle ways added sparkle to all of his work."


16.5 linear feet (14 containers)

Language of Materials



David Hendrickson, 1896- 1973, was an artist, freelance advertiser, and illustrator of children's literature. This collection documents Hendrickson's' entire career and reflects his interest in the individual person and his ability to capture this in his art.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series Book Illustrations

Series: Readers and Textbooks

Series: Magazines

Series: Advertisements

Series: Art

Series Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mrs. David Hendrickson in 1979.

General Physical Description note

14 containers

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff, August 2006.

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Finding aid is in English
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA