Reference photo for: The Farmer Takes a Ride 1952



Prepared by Corry Kanzenberg, Curator of Archival Collections

This guide is meant to assist researchers of Norman Rockwell and American illustration art. The resources listed herein may be located online, through academic libraries, public libraries, or through interlibrary loan services.

The Archives and Library are open to the public by appointment. If you wish to visit, please contact us at:

Norman Rockwell Museum Archives and Library
The Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262

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Books About Norman Rockwell

Among the numerous published books about Norman Rockwell, the following volumes may be helpful to researchers seeking substantive and detailed information about the artist.

Claridge, L. P. (2003). Norman Rockwell: A life. New York: Modern Library.

Edgerton, J. A., & O’Brien, N. (2008). The unknown Rockwell: A portrait of two American families. Essex Junction, VT: Battenkill River Press.

Guptill, A. L. (1970). Norman Rockwell, illustrator. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications.

Hennessey, M. H., Knutson, A. C., High Museum of Art., & Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge. (1999). Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American people. Atlanta: High Museum of Art.

Mecklenburg, V. M., McCarthy, T., & Smithsonian American Art Museum. (2010). Telling stories: Norman Rockwell from the collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. New York: Abrams.

Moffatt, L. N. (1986). Norman Rockwell, a definitive catalogue. Stockbridge, MA: Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge.

Murray, S., & McCabe, J. (1993). Norman Rockwell’s four freedoms: Images that inspire a nation. Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire House.

Pero, L. (2007). American chronicles: The art of Norman Rockwell. Stockbridge, MA: Norman Rockwell Museum.

Rockwell, N. (1983). How I make a picture. New York: Watson-Guptill in co-operation with Famous Artists School, Westport, CT.[i]

Rockwell, N. (1961). The Norman Rockwell album. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Rockwell, N., & Rockwell, T. (1994). Norman Rockwell, my adventures as an illustrator. New York: H.N. Abrams.[ii]

Rockwell, N. (1979). Rockwell on Rockwell: How I make a picture. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications.[iii]

Schick, R. (2009). Norman Rockwell: Behind the camera. New York: Little, Brown and Co.

Books for Identifying Norman Rockwell Collectibles

Norman Rockwell Art and Collectibles: An Identification and Value Guide, by Carl F. Luckey, 1981.

Norman Rockwell Collectibles Value Guide, by Mary Moline, 1984. Rumbleseat Press, Library of Congress Cat. Card No.: 81-84-190

Public Collections of Norman Rockwell Archival Material

The Norman Rockwell Museum Archives and Library, Stockbridge, Massachusetts:

Norman Rockwell Collection of Saturday Evening Post Covers, 1919-1976
Helen Farr Sloan Library, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware:

The New York Public Library has collections of microformed, electronic, and bound complete Saturday Evening Post magazines, which can be located through their online public access catalog:

The Smithsonian Archives of American Art is home to several collections with material related to Norman Rockwell:

The Library of Congress has many collections with items related to the work of Norman Rockwell, including:
-Prints and Photographs:
-Collections of papers:


Helpful Reference Books

Best, J. J. (1984). American popular illustration: A reference guide. American popular culture. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Dyal, D. H., Hastedt, C. A., Smith, S. E. (1998). American book and magazine illustrators to 1920: Vol. 188. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit, MI: Gale Research.

Falk, P. H., Lewis, A. M., Kuchen, G., & Roessler, V. (1999). Who was who in American art, 1564-1975: 400 years of artists in America. Madison, CT: Sound View Press.

Horn, M., & Marschall, R. (1980). The World encyclopedia of cartoons. New York: Chelsea House Publishers.