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Preliminary Guide to the Helen McKie / World War I Drawings Collection
Bernath Mss 24  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Helen McKie / World War I Drawings Collection
    Dates: ca. 1917-1919
    Collection Number: Bernath Mss 24
    Creator: McKie, Helen Madeleine
    Extent: .3 linear feet (1 oversize box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Annex 2.
    Abstract: Drawings from the Great War Collection.
    Language: English.

    Access Restrictions

    None. Collection is stored off-site; advance notice required for retrieval.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Helen McKie / World War I Drawings Collection. Bernath Mss 24. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information


    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains 65 signed drawings, mainly pen and ink, along with a few watercolors, by British artist/designer Helen Madeleine McKie. The drawings depict World War I scenes, including several of women involved in the war effort. Most are portraits or caricatures of individual soldiers from various service branches or small groups of men and women in informal, social settings, with a few set in France and Flanders. None depict battle scenes. Most seem to be of British military and civilians, although a few are of Americans in uniform, as well as French, Turks, and Germans.
    Nearly all of the drawings have accompanying captions such as "American with his amazing gift of the gab," "Chaplain is often called Padre or Sky Pilot," "1918 [soldier standing watch in a trench]," "Over there in Flanders ," "People with money who obviously had nothing to do with the war," "The Pessimist," "Putting Gas Helmets on Carrier Pigeons," "Straight on to Berlin," "Teas for Wounded Soldiers," and "Those Heroic Men."
    The drawings vary in size, from about 15 cm x 20 cm to about 32 cm x 42 cm. Penciled notes on some of the drawings, such as "Urgent, 5:30 p.m.," suggest that they may have been created for newspapers or other publications with very short deadlines.
    Helen McKie is perhaps best known for her later art and publicity work with British railroads, especially the 1948 poster of Waterloo Station in London.
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