The Irene Robinson Collection of Artwork contains artwork relating to
Irene Robinson's professional work. The collection contains illustrations from sixteen texts,
all authored by W.W. Robinson. These texts, published largely between 1931 and 1966, include
both children's picture books and perspectives on Southern California history. The collection
also includes a number of sketches for potential new books and miscellaneous artwork by Irene
Robinson. The collection contains charcoal, pastel, and pencil drawings, oil paintings,
watercolors, and textual materials.
Irene Margaret Bowen Robinson (1891 - 1973) was born in Washington state, but she grew up in
Indianapolis, Indiana, and Pasadena, California. In 1915, she attended Drury College in
Springfield, Missouri, and later studied at the University of Chicago, the Broadmoor Art Academy
with John Carlson in Colorado Springs, and in Los Angeles at the Chouinard and Otis Art
Institutes. In the early 1920s, she taught art in Los Angeles and then married W. W. (William
Wilcox) Robinson, a businessman and writer.
4 oversize boxes and 3 oversize flat drawers
All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Denison Library.
Collection open for research.