American Boy periodical collection

Funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Summary Information

Norman Rockwell Museum Archives- Reference Center Collection
American Boy periodical collection
Dec 1916 to Aug 1917
1.0 Linear feet
Norman Rockwell Museum Archival Collections, The Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Route 183 Stockbridge, MA 01262 413-931-2251,
Mixed materials (RC.2011.20.1) [Box]
This collection contains four issues of American Boy magazine featuring story illustrations and advertisements by Norman Rockwell.

Preferred Citation

American Boy Periodical Collection, Norman Rockwell Archives, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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American Boy magazine was a boys’ magazine published by Sprague Publishing Co. from November 1899 to August 1941. Content consisted of short adventure stories, usually with accompanying illustrations. It also contained advertisements aimed at young boys. During its publication, it was the largest magazine for boys.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains four issues of American Boy magazine. Three feature cover art by Rockwell as well as illustrations for short stories including "Over the border" by Charles Boardman Hawes, “Painted Yellow” by Irving Crump, and “The name O’Sheel” by Raymond Comstock. Two issues also contain Rockwell advertisements for the Fisk Bicycle Club.

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The collection is arranged in chronological order

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Norman Rockwell Museum Archives- Reference Center Collection Processed in 2011


This collection is open to researchers by appointment.


Norman Rockwell Museum abides by US copyright law. Even though Norman Rockwell personally contributed his paintings and archival materials to the Museum, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), publicity/ personality rights to his name and likeness belong to the Rockwell family, managed by the Norman Rockwell Licensing Company. Some materials in both collections created prior to 1923 are considered to be in the public domain.

The collections are in the legal care and custody of the Museum and its staff, and are governed by an independent Board of Trustees. There is no legal affiliation between the Museum and various intellectual property rights holders of materials kept by the Museum or with Rockwell’s family.

Regarding copies or other reproductions, NRM reserves the right to refuse a copying request if in its judgment fulfilling that request will violate copyright law (Title 17, United States Code). It is the legal responsibility of the researcher to secure permission to publish from the institution with custody of the material as well as the owner of copyright.


Materials gifted by various donors.

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