Frank E. Schoonover Manuscript Collection

Frank Earle Schoonover (1877-1972) was enamored with Howard Pyle’s magazine work from the time he was a young boy in Trenton, New Jersey. After youthful endeavors copying Pyle’s illustrations, Schoonover joined his class at Drexel Institute in 1896. The young artist’s promising talent was duly noted by his teacher and he was offered scholarships to Pyle’s summer school in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Schoonover was well known for his illustrations of outdoor adventure stories, especially of the Canadian and American West. He maintained a studio in Wilmington throughout his career and, with Stanley Arthurs, was a founder in 1912 of the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, the predecessor of the Delaware Art Museum. The Frank E. Schoonover Manuscript Collection contains photographs, correspondence, clippings, organizational records, diaries, and day books that document the work he executed.

Browse the collection by series:

  • Series I: Personal & Biographical
  • Series II: Correspondence
  • Series III: Organizational Records
  • Series IV: Artwork
  • Series V: Illustrations
  • Series VI: Not Published Works of Art
  • Series VII: Newspaper Clipping
  • Series VIII: Photographic Materials
  • Series IX. Subject Clippings
  • Series X. Ephemera
  • Series XI. Oversize