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John DePol Collection

Identifier: MS Group 180

Scope and Content

The collection primarily consists of prints, cards, and copies on paper of several illustrations and wood engravings by DePol. Also included are articles discussing the artist's work, exhibition announcements and catalogs, a small amount of correspondence, miscellaneous documents and ephemera, as well as publications and other texts written or collected by DePol. Several items have typewritten commentaries by the artist explaining their significance. Of particular interest is a career retrospective entitled "A Time for Recollection" accumulated by DePol and featuring copies of his engravings, captions, and illustrations spanning three decades of his life.


  • Creation: 1947-2001



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Artist, wood engraver. John DePol was born in New York City in 1913. He left school at the age of sixteen to help support his family. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in Ireland. During this period, he studied lithography and produced several illustrations and prints. Following the war, DePol worked as a graphic designer and began wood engraving in 1947. Since that time, DePol has illustrated over two hundred books and widely exhibited his work. He has spent several decades teaching the art of wood engraving.


0.4 Linear feet (1 Box)

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Copies of engravings, prints, and illustrations by John DePol. Includes articles about the artist, correspondence, publications, notes, exhibition materials, and ephemera.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by John DePol in 2000 and 2002.

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Related Material

Other institutions with DePol collections include Princeton University's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Rutgers University's Special Collections and University Archives, and the University of Delaware Special Collections.

A Guide to the John DePol Collection
Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers
November 2004
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America