Publication Grants


The American Historical Print Collectors Society (AHPCS) is a non-profit group that encourages the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of prints depicting or reflecting North American history and culture, made either in America or elsewhere. One of the ways we achieve these goals is the support of publications on subjects that enhance knowledge on or interest in topics relating to historical prints produced in or about North America. Publication grants are funded by the Wendy Shadwell Fund with additional support from the Ewell L. Newman Fund.

Applications are accepted semi-annually with deadlines of January 1st and July 1st.


For more information, please contact:
Sarah Weatherwax, Chair of the Publications Committee

2023 Recipients

The Declaration in Script and Print: A Visual History of America’s Founding Document (Pennsylvania State University Press, forthcoming spring 2024) by John Bidwell






Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt: Artworks and Letters of John Douglas Woodward, 1878-1879 (George F. Thompson Publishing, forthcoming, early spring 2024) by Sue Rainey





Past recipients include:

“Prints of a New Kind”: Political Caricature in the United States, 1789-1828 (Pennsylvania State University, 2023) by Allison Stagg



Gems of Art on Paper: Illustrated American Fiction and Poetry, 1785-1885 (University of Massachusetts Press, November 2021) by Georgia Barnhill




Fanny Palmer: The Life and Works of a Currier & Ives Artist (Syracuse University Press, 2018) by Charlotte Rubinstein

The first full-length biography of the life and work of one of Currier & Ives’s leading artists, Frances Bond Palmer (1812–1876). Palmer was a major lithographer whose prints reached a mass audience during her day.


Engraving Trade in Early Cincinnati (Ohio University Press, 2012) by Donald O’Brien

This book examines the vibrant engraving industry that helped fuel the growth of the “Queen City” in the 19th century. Cincinnati’s influence as the midwestern center for the print and engraving trade and its key position on the Ohio River played a crucial role in the development of print arts throughout the region. It provides a thorough account that shows how the print arts helped fashion Cincinnati in both image and economy.


Picturing Victorian America: Prints by the Kellogg Brothers of Hartford, Connecticut, 1830-1880 (Wesleyan University Press, 2009) edited by Nancy Finlay

This is the first book-length account of the pioneering and prolific Kellogg family of lithographers, active in Connecticut for over four decades. Eight essays explore the complexity of the relationships between artists, lithographers, and print, map, and book publishers.


Interpretive Wood-Engraving: The Story of the Society of American Wood-Engravers (Oak Knoll Press, 2009) by William H. Brandt

The lost art of interpretive wood-engraving comes to life in this detailed work, which recounts the story of the Society of American Wood-Engravers and profiles many of its leading personalities.


Amos Doolittle: Engraver of the New Republic (Oak Knoll Press, 2008) by Donald O’Brien 

This book was written to complement similar works on Doolittle’s contemporaries, including Paul Revere. There are chapters on various types of his work, including his tune-books, maps, illustrations, bank notes, and more. The book also includes two useful appendices, cataloguing books containing his engravings and references to him and his work.


Bibliography on American Prints of the Seventeenth Through the Nineteenth Centuries (Oak Knoll Press, 2006) by Georgia Barnhill

This volume with over 1800 entries provides easy access to the literature concerning book and periodical illustration, city views, works on various graphic processes, historical prints, landscape prints, maritime and military prints, political satire, religious imagery, and social history.