Alexander Anderson scrapbooks

Collection History

Sixteen scrapbooks, containing close to 10,000 wood-engravings by 19th-century master illustrator Alexander Anderson.


Alexander Anderson (1775-1870) is considered one of America’s earliest and finest wood-engravers. During a career spanning seventy years, he produced a large number of illustrations for books, periodicals, newspapers, and other commercial ephemera, after both his own designs and those of other artists.

Related Resources

Books illustrated by Anderson are available in large libraries with strong 19th-century holdings, including NYPL.

Duyckinck, Evert. A Brief Catalogue of Books Illustrated with Engravings by Dr. Alexander Anderson with a Biographical Sketch of the Artist [1885]

Pomeroy, Jane Alexander. Anderson's Life and Engravings; with a Checklist of Publications Drawn from His Diary [1990]

Collection Data

Anderson, Alexander (1775-1870) (Engraver)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1775 - 1870
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection
Shelf locator: MEYI (Anderson, Scrap Book)
Wood engravings
Content: MEYI Alexander Anderson Scrapbooks tk # vols (and) MEM A545 AA Alexander Anderson tk # vols (Lenox Library. Duykinck Coll) -- source of others may be same
Content: There are very general subject indexes at the beginning of each of the twelve scrapbooks; also a very basic subject index in the Print Collection files.
Content: Wood engravings by the major 19th century American illustrator/wood engraver, Alexander Anderson.
Physical Description
Extent: 12 scrapbooks (approximately 100 pages per scrapbook) ; 13 ¼ x 11 in.
Type of Resource
Still image
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): eb4bfbd0-c5d5-012f-6554-58d385a7bc34
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