The papers of DeLoss McGraw, artist, children's book illustrator, fine arts lecturer, and educator, document McGraw's artistic
career from the mid-1980s to 2003, especially his use of literary texts in his compositions and his collaborations with poets,
most notably W. D. Snodgrass. The collection contains correspondence with literary figures, friends and members of the fine
arts community; brochures, catalogs and reviews for McGraw's solo and group exhibitions; and documentation of his public art
commissions, including the Carlsbad City Library Sculpture Project. Also included are numerous artworks by McGraw, particularly
monoprints for edition books and projects, such as his series entitled "In Response to Poems by Snodgrass," printed at Magnolia
Press. The collection includes materials related to the production of the trade books W.D.'S MIDNIGHT CARNIVAL (1988) and
THE DEATH OF COCK ROBIN (1989) and for the illustrated children's book ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (2001), which earned
him the Illustrator's Society Book of the Year Award for 2002. The papers are arranged in eight series: 1) MISCELLANEOUS/ABOUT
MCGRAW, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) EDITION BOOKS AND MONOPRINTS, 4) TRADE BOOKS, 5) CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS, 6) WORKS ON
COMMISSION AND PUBLIC ART, 7) EXHIBITION MATERIALS, and 8) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
DeLoss McGraw was born in Okemah, Oklahoma, in 1945. He attended East Central State College, Oklahoma; the Otis Art Institute,
Los Angeles; and the Art Institute of San Miguel del Allende, Mexico. McGraw obtained his bachelor of art from California
State University, Long Beach, in 1969 and his master of fine art from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, in 1971.