In Focus

Twelve Hour Admission Sketch Problem (July 1905). Shepherd Stevens Papers (MS 865), Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library

Exhibition on view March 1 - September 18, 2016

An American in Paris features drawings and other documents bequeathed to Yale University Library by Shepherd Stevens, a professor of architecture at Yale (1920-1947) who studied at the renowned Ėcole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the early twentieth century (1905-1908). This selection of items from the Shepherd Stevens Papers, housed in the architectural archives at Sterling Memorial Library, provides a glimpse of student life and pedagogy at the Ėcole, as well as the early Beaux-Arts curriculum at Yale.  Curated by Suzanne Noruschat, Architecture Records Archivist, Manuscripts & Archives

[Ex libris C. S. Junge] by Carl S. Junge, [1916?], 6.5 x 6 cm. Carl S. Junge Collection (BKP 156), Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University.

Librarian and avid bookplate collector Zella Allen Dixson claims that “the prime requisite for a good book-plate is an artistic client” (p. 10). Perhaps the most artistic clients of all are the many artists who design their own bookplates. Carl Stephen Junge (1880-1972) was a Chicago-based artist who designed bookplates as well as posters, illustrations, and other graphic works. Junge’s personal ex-libris cleverly incorporates his initials and surname as part of the owl’s facial markings—the owl being a symbol of wisdom and thus a frequent bookplate motif.