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Lucile West handmade book of poetry and watercolors

 Collection — Box: 1, Folder: 7
Identifier: MS-0851

Content Description

A handmade book of poetry accompanied with watercolor illustrations created in 1927. The journal was created by Lucile West, and on the title page she wrote, “Copyrighted 1927, illustrations by C.S. West, printed by Lucile West.” The poems within the album are a sampling of popular poets of the time, such as Emily Dickinson and William Herbert Carruth. There are twenty-three watercolors, ranging from full-page illustrations to quarter-page illustrations. The watercolors are of brightly colored landscapes, including mountain and ocean views. The book is made of brown paper covers on which the title “Poetry” has been painted, along with an image of a forest. The book measures 9.5 x 7 inches.


  • Creation: 1927


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

There is currently no biographical information available on Lucile West or C.S. West.


.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal sized folder)

Language of Materials



A handmade book of poems accompanied by watercolor landscapes created in 1927 by Lucile West. There is currently no biographical information available on Lucile West or C.S. West, who contributed the watercolor illustrations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Eclectibles in March 2019.

Condition Description

The cover of the book is fragile and has moderate damage, including a water stain and several tears.

Processing Information

Processed by Kristen Diehl in April 2019.

Guide to the Lucile West handmade book of poetry and watercolors
Kristen Diehl
2019 April
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
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Baltimore MD 21218 USA