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John Held, Jr. papers

Identifier: MSS 9064

Scope and Contents

Includes artwork of John Held, Jr. including many linocut prints, paintings, drawings, and gouache paintings, manuscripts, photographs of John Held, Jr. and various items, and other various scrapbook items. There are also a few signs or posters used in the past used when John Held, Jr.'s work was on display.


  • approximately 1882-1992


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research

Conditions Governing Use

It is the reponsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collecton must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

John Held, Jr. was born on January 10, 1889, to Annie Evans and John Held in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was interested in art from his youth. He became a popular American cartoonist, printmaker, illustrator, sculptor, and author. He was a highly successful magazine illustrator, especially in the 1920s. His most popular works included his cartoons of people dancing, driving, playing sports, and engaging in other popular activies of the era. He also created a number of linocut and woodblock prints on handmade paper. Held was married four times. He had three adopted children with his second wife and one daughter with his third wife. Held died on March 2, 1958, in Belmar, New Jersey, of throat cancer and is burried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City.


14 oversize boxes ((17.5 linear ft.) -- scrapbook boxes only)

5 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

11 boxes (1.25 linear ft.) ; 15 x 13 x 2.75"

1 box (1.25 linear ft.) ; 15 x 13 x 2"

1 oversize (0.1 linear ft.) ; 20 x 16"

1 oversize folder (0.2 linear ft.)

1 box (1.25 linear ft.) ; 15 x 13 x 2.25"

1 box (1.25 linear ft.) ; 15 x 13 x 1.5"

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. John Held, Jr. artwork, approximately 1910-1957. 2. Scrapbooks on John Held, Jr., 1882-1978. 3. John Held, Jr. manuscripts, approximately 1910-1957.

Custodial History

Purchased in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; 2017.

Processing Information

Processed, Ivy Griffiths; May 2022.

Register of John Held, Jr. papers
In Progress
Ivy Griffiths
2022 May 10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States