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The Permanent Collection of the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is one of the most comprehensive collections of this genre in the world. Comprised of nearly 2,000 works by many of the greatest names in American illustration, this celebrated collection is ever expanding thanks to purchase and donation from our membership, art patrons and estates. These works are fully cataloged with portions of the collection constantly on rotating display including quarterly thematic exhibits mounted in the Hall of Fame Gallery.

In 1976, the Society of Illustrators organized and funded the “200 Years of American Illustration” show at the New-York Historical Society. This exhibit of over 900 works drew the largest audience ever recorded by that distinguished museum.

As part of the Society’s educational mission, works travel to important art colleges and universities throughout the United States. In addition, the Museum loans works to major exhibitions at such prestigious venues as the Brooklyn Museum, the American Federation of the Arts, and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Behind–the-scene tours are available to accredited art school groups by appointment. Contact Eric Fowler, Collections Manager at