Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960

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Rollins was a book designer long associated with the Yale University Press (1918-1948).

From the description of [Letters] 1935 / Carl P. Rollins. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 352927040

Carl Purington Rollins was born in 1880 in West Newbury, Massachussets. He attended Harvard University from 1897-1900, and worked at Heintzemann Press in Boston before joining New Clairvaux, a rural Utopian community, in Montague, Massachusetts,in 1903. Rollins taught printing and ran the New Clairvaux Press before the community failed. He established an arts and crafts cooperative at Dyke Mill in Montague, which eventually became a press exclusively called the Montague Press.

In 1918, Rollins joined the staff of the Yale University Press and was appointed printer to the University in 1920. He designed and printed all Yale publications and ephemera,taught a course in bibliography, and established the Bibliographical Press in the University library for student use. He also established a home press, At the Sign of the Chorobates. He was the recipient of numerous professional awards and prizes and was named Printer Emeritus when he retired from the University in 1948. Rollins married Margaret Dickey in 1915, and they had two children, Margaret and Caroline. He died in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1960.

From the description of Carl Purington Rollins papers, 1880-1983. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702152634

Carl Purington Rollins was born in West Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1880. He attended Harvard University from 1897 to 1900, and worked for the Georgetown Advocate, a small country newspaper, before obtaining a position with D. B. Updike at the Merrymount Press in Boston. He subsequently worked for the Carl Heintzemann Press in Boston before joining New Clairvaux, a rural Utopian community, in Montague, Massachusetts, in 1903. Rollins taught a printing course in the community’s school and ran the New Clairvaux Press. He left the community in 1904, after losing the sight in one eye, but returned to Montague several years later, and purchased the Dyke Mill. While the New Clairvaux community failed in 1908, Rollins remained in Montague where he had established an arts and crafts cooperative at Dyke Mill where furniture, textiles, and printed works were made and sold. Eventually, the business became a press exclusively, the Montague Press. In 1918, Rollins joined the staff of the Yale University Press and was appointed Printer to the University in 1920. At Yale he designed and printed all Yale publications and ephemera. Rollins taught a course in bibliography and established the Bibliographical Press in the University library for student use. He also established a private press, At the Sign of the Chorobates, from which he wrote and/or printed publications including Wine Making for the Amateur (1930). He was the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the highest award of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1941. He received honorary degrees from Yale and was named Printer Emeritus when he retired from the University in 1948. Rollins married Margaret Dickey in 1915, and they had two children, Margaret and Caroline. He died in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1960.

A bibliography, The Works of Carl P. Rollins (New Haven, CT: Yale University Library, 1982), associated with an exhibit in Sterling Memorial Library in 1982-1983, and prepared by Gay Walker, is an invaluable source of information on Rollins and his work.

From the guide to the Carl Purington Rollins Papers, 1880-1983, (Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Dwiggins, W. A. (William Addison), 1880-1956. ALS : Hingham, Mass., to Carl [Rollins], 1954 May 5. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Blumenthal, Joseph, 1897-1990. Joseph Blumenthal papers, 1922-1991. RIT Library, Wallace Library
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. Typed letter signed Carl P. Rollins to: Miss French March 13, 1944. Wellesley College
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. Carl Purington Rollins papers, 1880-1983. Yale University Library
creatorOf Carl Purington Rollins Papers, 1880-1983 Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections
referencedIn Delano, William Adams, 1874-1960. William Adams Delano papers, 1902-1960 (inclusive), 1939-1960 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Emmons, Earl H., 1888-. The Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers collection. Library of Congress
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. [Limited Editions Club monthly letters]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. Letters to Mrs. Carl Rollins and Mrs. George P. Baker, 1959 March 2 and December 4. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bates, Albert Carlos, 1865-1954. Correspondence, 1882-1952. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. Typed letter signed Carl P. Rollins to: Miss French December 6, 1943. Wellesley College
referencedIn Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960, 1892-1958 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. [Letters] 1935 / Carl P. Rollins. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Howell, Alfred Corey, d. 1961,. Alfred Corey Howell collection of papers relating to Frederic Warde, 1924-1954. Grolier Club
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. Typed letter signed Carl P. Rollins to: Miss French April 9, 1944. Wellesley College
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. Typed letter signed Carl P. Rollins to: Miss French January 26, 1944. Wellesley College
referencedIn Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. Papers of e. e. cummings [manuscript], circa 1917-1962. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. Typed letter signed Carl P. Rollins to : Miss French April 30, 1942. Wellesley College
creatorOf Hutchinson, Thomas, 1711-1780. Writings of Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson, 1916-1920. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Colt Press. Colt Press records, 1920-1973. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Ransom, Will, 1878-1955. Will Ransom papers, 1883-1954. Newberry Library
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. Tuped letter signed Carl P. Rollins to: Miss French December 14, 1943. Wellesley College
referencedIn Grolier Club. Library. Records of the librarians, 1897-1970. Grolier Club
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. Typed letter signed Carl P. Rollins to: Miss French July 11, 1945. Wellesley College
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. Typed letter signed Carl P. Rollins to: Miss French January 31, 1944. Wellesley College
referencedIn Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957. Autograph letter signed : New Fairfield, to Henry Watson Kent, 1931 Oct. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958. Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960 (inclusive), 1892-1958 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. Typed letter signed Carl P. Rollins to: Miss French December 9, 1943. Wellesley College
creatorOf Rollins, Carl Purington, 1880-1960. The vision of New Clairvaux / Carl P. Rollins. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Laboratory Press. Laboratory Press records, 1922-1936. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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associatedWith At the Sign of the Chorobates. corporateBody
associatedWith Bates, Albert Carlos, 1865-1954. person
associatedWith Blumenthal, Joseph, 1897-1990. person
associatedWith Cohn, Albert M. person
associatedWith Colt Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. person
associatedWith Delano, William Adams, 1874-1960. person
associatedWith Dwiggins, W. A. (William Addison), 1880-1956. person
associatedWith French, Hannah D. (Hannah Dustin), 1907- person
correspondedWith Grolier Club. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Heintzemann Press. corporateBody
correspondedWith Howell, Alfred Corey, d. 1961, person
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
associatedWith Hutchinson, Thomas, 1711-1780. person
associatedWith Laboratory Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Langmuir Charles Ruggles, person
associatedWith Montague Press. corporateBody
associatedWith New Clairvaux Press. corporateBody
associatedWith New Clairvaux Press. corporateBody
associatedWith New Clairvaux Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Pressey, Edward Pearson, b. 1869. person
associatedWith Ransom, Will, 1878-1955. person
associatedWith Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957. person
associatedWith Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958. person
associatedWith Whiting, Margaret Christine, 1860-1946, person
associatedWith Wing, Donald. person
associatedWith Yale University. Library. Bibliographical Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Yale University Press. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Massachusetts--Montague
Connecticut
Massachusetts
Subject
Utopian socialism
Printing--Connecticut
Printing--Massachusetts
Printing
Utopiansocialism--Massachusetts
Collective settlements
Collectivesettlements--Massachusetts--Montague
Occupation
Printer
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Birth 1880

Death 1960

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