Elizabeth Olds

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Elizabeth Olds
Archives of American Art - Elizabeth Olds - 2309.jpg
Born (1896-10-01)October 1, 1896[a]
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Died 1991 (aged 94–95)
Nationality American
Known for Printmaking, silkscreen, woodcut, lithography
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship

Elizabeth Olds (October 1, 1896 – 1991)[a] was an American printmaker and a 1926 Guggenheim Fellow.[1] She created six children's books.[2]


Adolf Dehn, Olds, and unidentified, with Reginald Marsh facing camera, c.. 1937 (Archives of American Art)

Olds was born in Minneapolis and studied at the University of Minnesota, and Art Students League of New York. In 1934, she worked for the Public Works of Art Project, in Omaha.[3] She was a member of the Federal Art Project in the Graphic Arts Division, New York City,[3] and worked in its silkscreen unit.[4] She was an artist-in-residence at Yaddo and McDowell artists' colonies.[5]

Her papers are held at the University of Texas.[2]

Children's books[edit]

Olds wrote and illustrated six children's picture books.[2] Feather Mountain, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1951, was one runner-up for the annual American Library Association Caldecott Medal, which recognizes "the most distinguished American picture book for children".


  1. ^ a b The Guggenheim Foundation reported birthdate October 1, 1897, in its 1926–27 annual report.[1] Library of Congress Authorities gives two sources for year 1896.


  1. ^ a b "Elizabeth Olds". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 2014-09-18. "As published in the Foundation's Report for 1926–27".
  2. ^ a b c Emmett Hudspeth: A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Elizabeth Olds at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center". University of Texas (hrc.utexas.edu). Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  3. ^ a b "Elizabeth Olds 1896–1991". Keith Sheridan Fine Prints (keithsheridan.com). Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  4. ^ "Elizabeth Olds". Dr. Leslie & The Composing Room: 1934–1942, an important time in the development of American graphic design. Dr. Leslie Project (drleslie.com). Retrieved 2014-09-18. "An MFA Thesis Project Written & Designed by Erin K. Malone: Rochester Institute of Technology – 1994".
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Olds (1896–1991)". Ask/Art (askart.com). Retrieved 2014-09-18. With short biography: unrestricted access to the first 500 of 1829 characters; accessible freely to anyone every Friday.

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