Guide to the Joe Sitter Collection of Gaylord Schanilec, 1980-2015


Joe Sitter is a collector and friend of Gaylord Schanilec. Gaylord Schanilec is a notable American wood engraver, printer, designer and illustrator. He is the proprietor of the press Midnight Paper Sales, located in Stockholm, Wisconsin. Sitter's collection includes original wood engravings, publications, clippings, printer's waste, correspondence, and other materials documenting the artwork and career of Gaylord Schanilec.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Joe Sitter collection of Gaylord Schanilec
1980-2015 and undated
Sitter, Joe
5.0 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection consists of Joe Sitter's files and acquired artwork documenting the career of Gaylord Schanilec, including examples of Schanilec's wood engravings; fine printing prospectuses and keepsakes featuring Schanilec's work; Schanilec illustrations from publications by Midnight Paper Sales and the Gregynog Press; printer's waste and other printing scraps; clippings and articles documenting Schanilec's career, public appearances, and publications; correspondence between Sitter and Schanilec; and some photographs of Schanilec.

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Collection is arranged into three series: Artwork, Publications Files, and Subject Files.

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[Identification of item], Joe Sitter Collection of Gaylord Schanilec, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, 2010

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos. Color woodcut. Number 135/250. Signed, dated 2010. Dimensions: 10.5 x 17", framed 21 x 27"

Box 3
Cherry: End Grain, 2007

Cherry: End Grain. Color woodcut. Number 5/7. Signed, dated 2007. Dimensions 5.5 x 10". Frame created from the cherry featured in the woodcut: 15 x 20".

Box 4
Walnut: End Grain, 2007

Walnut: End Grain. Color woodcut. Number 3/4. Signed, dated 2007. Dimensions: 6 x 10". Frame created out of walnut featured in the woodcut: 15 x 19.5".

Box 5
Minnehaha, undated

Minnehaha. Color woodcut. Numbered 13/50. Signed, undated. Dimensions: 5.5 x 10".

Box 6
[Times Square], undated

[Times Square]. Color woodcut. Number 166/180. Signed, undated. Dimension: 5.5 x 9.5".

Box 6
Fresh Carp, 1981

Fresh Carp. Color woodcut. Number 108/110. Signed, dated 1981. Dimensions: 10.25 x 18.5".

Box 6
[Trees and hill], undated

[Trees and hill]. Color woodcut. Number 45/100. Signed, undated. Paper has press seal: The Gregynog Press. Dimensions: 9.75 x 15".

Box 6
Hard Maple, undated

Hard Maple. Color woodcut. Number 33/80. Signed, undated. Dimensions: 14.25 x 25.5".

Box 6
[Fish], printer's waste, with note to Joe Sitter ("Hi Uncle Joe!"), undated
Box 6
Pool Four of the Mississippi River, 2013

Pool Four of the Mississippi River. Map and color woodcut. Signed, dated 2013. Dimensions: 32 x 24.5".

Oversize-folder 1
Lexington Ave., undated

Color woodcut. Number 83/100. Signed, undated. 6.75 x 11.5".

Box 1
A Very Small Composing Table, undated

Color woodcut. Numbered 49/49. Signed, undated. 6 x 8.25".

Box 1
Rufas, undated

Color woodcut. Numbered 17/27. Signed, undated. 6 x 5".

Box 1
Rulon's Moon, 2012

Woodcut. Numbered 107/120. Signed, dated 2012.

Box 1

2. Gaylord Schanilec Subject Files, 1980s-2015

Joe Sitter's collection of correspondence, articles, notes, and other assorted materials related to Schanilec's work and career.

Correspondence between Joe Sitter and Gaylord Schanilec, 2000s

Includes handwritten notes and printed emails, as well as occasional printer's waste and other woodcuts created by Schanilec and mailed or collected by Sitter.

Box 2
Minnesota Center for Book Arts exhibit: From Start to Here, 2010
Box 2
Gaylord Schanilec publicity and ephemera, 1980s-2000s

Appearances, scraps, and other materials relating to Schanilec's publications and art shows.

Box 2
Miscellaneous publications and prospectuses

Assorted publications and prospectuses for smaller or minor works created by Schanilec

Box 2
Bibliographica, 2005-2015

Notes and materials collected by Sitter as he prepared a bibliography of Schanilec's career.

Box 2
Matrix offprints, 1980s-2000s

Articles by and about Schanilec published in Matrix, the fine printing publication.

Box 2
Articles about Schanilec, 1980s-2015
Box 2
Printing History, issue number 11, Jan. 2012
Box 2
Photographs/images of Schanilec, 1980s-2000s
Box 2
The Private Library, vol. 41, 2011
Box 2

3. Publication Files, 1980s-2015

Foldered alphabetically by title. Joe Sitter's original folders tended to include handwritten notes about each folder's content. These have been photocopied when necessary and included in the front of the folder.

The Bicycle Diaries, 2011


Box 1
Euphemisms from a Catholic Childhood, 1980

Numbered 3/30. From Midnight Paper Sales Press.

Box 1
High Bridge, 1987-2015

Includes prospectus.

Box 1
Lac des Pleurs, 2015 and undated

Includes seashell.

Box 1
Mayflies of the Driftless Region, 2012 and undated

Includes sample prints, research, notes, prospectus.

Box 1
New York Revisited, 2002

Printed for the Grolier Club. Includes prospectus.

Box 1
Sylvæ, 2007 and undated
(2 folders)

Includes articles, photographs, wood sample, a wood block "White Oak" (Number 030), other materials and publicity re: Sylvæ

Box 1
Thomas McGrath publications, 1991-1997 and undated

Includes "On Returning," prospectuses, other materials re: McGrath's poetry.

Box 1
Waterfalls of the Mississippi, 2007 and undated

Articles, research, publicity, etc.

Box 1
Wrenching Times, 1991

Includes prospectus and keepsake.

Box 1

Historical Note

Gaylord Schanilec is a notable American wood engraver, printer, designer and illustrator. He is the proprietor of the press Midnight Paper Sales, located in Stockholm, Wisconsin.

Related Material

See also the Joe Sitter Collection of Fine Printing. There are also a number of monographs removed from this collection to be cataloged as individual items in the Rubenstein Library.

Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.


The Joe Sitter Collection of Gaylord Schanilec was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift and purchase from Joe Sitter in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, July 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0108