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Osey Gail Peterson collection on Albert T. Reid

Call Number: RH MS 1544


This collection largely consists of pen and ink, pencil, and watercolor sketches created by artist and cartoonist Albert T. Reid, originally from Clyde County, Kansas. The collection also includes some newspaper clippings, music scores, and other items gathered by Osey Gail (French) Peterson when she was a Kansas-based reporter writing about Reid and his works.


  • Creation: approximately 1890s-1910s, 1944


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Albert T. Reid (1873-1955)

Albert T. Reid was a native Kansas artist, though he spent most of his life living in New York City. He is perhaps best known for his editorial cartoons, which he began producing around the turn of the 20th century and continued for several decades. Later in his life, he found renown as a painter and muralist with subject matter often including horses. He painted several large canvasses that would be displayed in well-known hotels and government buildings, including two Kansas post offices.

Albert Turner Reid was born August 12, 1873 in Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas to William E. Reid (circa 1842-1887) and Jean (Turner) Reid (1854-1930). After William Reid's death in 1887, the family relocated to Clyde, Kansas. After graduating from the University of Kansas, Reid studied at the New York School of Art and the Art Student League in New York City.

Reid began his career as an artist on the Kansas City Star in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1905, he founded the Leavenworth Post, a daily newspaper of which he was publisher until 1923. During that period, he was also president and publisher of The Kansas Farmer in Topeka and president of the Standard Farm Papers Association.

Reid established his own political cartoon syndicate, the Albert T. Reid Syndicate of New York City. During his career as an artist, Reid worked for the Chicago Record, New York Herald, Judge, McClure's, and the Saturday Evening Post. He illustrated numerous books, advertisements, and political cartoons, and he was commissioned to paint murals for the post offices at Olathe and Sabetha, Kansas and Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Reid was a member of the Freelance Artists; Society of Illustrators; Artists Guild of Authors League of America; Cartoonist Club; Authors', Artists', & Dramatists' League; and served as vice president of the American Artists Professional League. At the time of his death in 1955, Reid had earned numerous awards, prizes, and medals in recognition of his cartoons and paintings.

Albert T. Reid married Vera Low in October 1902, daughter of Marcus Aurelius or M.A. Low (1842-1921) and Diantha Lorinda (Hovey) Low (1842-1924). She served as a model for many of his pen and ink drawings. The marriage did not last, but they had one daughter, Marianne (1903-1991), who later married Robert Scott Wild (1897-1974). Marianne Reid Wild had one son, Leonard Low Wild (1928-1949).


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 5 oversize boxes, 3 oversize folders)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection are pen and ink sketches, with some watercolor and pencil sketches, done by Albert T. Reid. Subjects frequently include an individual woman or several women, some in athletic poses, some who appear to be in the style of a "Gibson Girl," some simply a drawing of a woman's head and neck without full detail sketched in. There are some drawings of an individual man or groups of men, as well as some farming scenes and some sketches of buildings or outdoor scenes where people are not the focus. There are some more obviously political cartoons, as well as some drafts for invitations or marketing materials for Reid's own businesses.

Materials are housed by size and thereafter grouped by general subject, meaning that subjects will appear across multiple call numbers. The bulk of the sketches are undated, but based on clothing, most items appear to date from the 1890s through 1910s. Most items were also untitled, so staff-derived titles appear in [brackets] throughout the finding aid.

Physical Location

RH MS 1544

Physical Location

RH MS Q484

Physical Location

RH MS R490, RH MS R491

Custodial History

Osey Gail (French) Peterson (1891-1982) was a Kansas-based reporter who covered Albert T. Reid. Clyde, Kansas relatives gave a portfolio of material belonging to Reid to Mrs. Peterson in the late 1930s or early 1940s out of fear of damage to the materials in another Republican River flood. Her daughter, Martha Peterson, donated the collection to the Spencer Research Library in 1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Martha Peterson, 1992.

Related Materials

Additional Albert T. Reid-related materials available at University of Kansas Libraries include

  1. Albert Reid miscellanea, RH MS P717, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
  2. Albert Reid papers, RH MS 1029, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
  3. Illustrated Detective Magazine "50 Famous Crimes" series, RH MS 1009, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
  4. Albert T. Reid - Illustrated Letters to Grandgoy Leonard, RH MS 1358, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
  5. Albert T. Reid papers, RH MS 1162, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
  6. Selections of the current cartoons drawn by Albert T. Reid bearing upon issues of the day, 1919, RH D8737, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
  7. Albert T. Reid's sketchbook; fads, foibles & politics: 1896-1908. Compiled by John W. Ripley and Robert W. Richmond, Nc1429.R433 R5 1971, Art & Architecture Library, University of Kansas
  8. Reid, Albert Turner. Cartoons. Shelved at RH E217, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
  9. Miscellaneous cartoons and greeting cards drawn by Albert T. Reid, RH P1700, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
  10. Distinguished American artist Albert T. Reid (1873-1955) and his frontier-era 'stage coach art': in-and not uncommonly of - his native Kansas: a preliminary resource guide/researched and compiled by Marna Hart Hawkins, RH C8933, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
  11. Albert T. Reid, cartoonist; news items, including his article "Boston Corbett; the man of mystery of the Lincoln drama," RH E363, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Processing Information

Collection was reviewed and treated/cleaned for mold, 2021.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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