Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937

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Author and librarian at the New York Public Library in New York City.

From the description of Letter, 1921. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122497443

Wilberforce Eames (1855-1937), son of Nelson and Harriet Phoebe (Crane) Eames, was born in Newark, N.J. In 1885, George Henry Moore (1823-1892), superintendent of the Lenox Library in New York City, appointed Eames as his personal assistant. He became a regular member of the library staff in 1888, assistant librarian upon Moore's death in 1892, and librarian in 1893. After the New York Public Library was formed in 1895, he was in charge of the Lenox building with the designation of "Lenox Librarian." In 1911, he became chief of the American history division of the New York Public Library and from 1916 until his death he served as bibliographer and specialized in the field of Americana.

From the description of Papers, 1898-1916. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207131767

Wilberforce Eames (1855-1937) was a bibliographer, bibliophile and librarian who began his career in the book trade. In 1885 he went to work at the Lenox Library in New York City and was named Lenox Librarian in 1893. He held this position until 1911 when the New York Public Library building opened and he was appointed Chief of the American History Division. In 1916 he became Bibliographer of the Library, a position he held until his death. His interests embraced many subjects including American history, Oriental history, African and Native American languages, cartography, cuneiform tablets, and the history of printing. His scholarship in these areas resulted in significant acquisitions for the Library and for his private collection which he bequeathed to the Library. Among Eames's most important contributions was the compilation of bibliographies and bibliographic studies, especially his work on Sabin's Dictionary of Books Relating to America.

From the guide to the Wilberforce Eames papers, 1850-1937, 1900-1937, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Noted librarian and bibliographer; resident New York City.

From the description of Wilberforce Eames papers, 1899-1952. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58781805

Librarian and bibliographer.

Affiliated with the Lenox Library (later New York Public Library), 1885-1937, Wilberforce Eames' interest in books about the American Indian was sparked by his acquaintance with James Constantine Pilling, with whom he worked on Proof-sheets of a bibliography of the languages of the North American Indians (1885).

From the description of Letters, 1890-1892. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 37129598

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creatorOf Skeel, Emily Ford, 1867-1958. Emily Ford Skeel papers, 1871-1958. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937. Autograph file, E, 1564-1961. Houghton Library
creatorOf Harrisse, Henry, 1829-1910. Henry Harrisse papers, 1853-1924. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Bourassa, Joseph N., 1810-1878. A vocabulary of the Po-da-wahd-mih language [manuscript] : with illustrative sentences and a translation of the first three chapters of the Gospel of Matthew, followed by a vocabulary of the Kaw language / by Joseph N. Bourassa, 1843. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn Letters of condolence and thanks, 1915. Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph File, E, 1564-1961. Houghton Library
creatorOf Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937. Letters, 1890-1892. Newberry Library
referencedIn Lenox Library records, 1866-1915 The New York Public Library. New York Public Library Archives.
creatorOf Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937. Papers, 1937. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Bradford, William, 1590-1657. Publication papers, 1896-1912. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960. Additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIg, 1887-1891 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Rosenbach Company. Correspondence, 1903-1953 Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Moore, George Henry, 1823-1892. George Henry Moore papers, 1851-1891. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937. Wilberforce Eames papers, 1899-1952. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Washington, George, 1732-1799. George Washington papers, 1694-1932. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937. Papers, 1898-1916. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Lenox Library. Lenox Library records, 1866-1915. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lenox Library. Librarian. Lenox Library Librarian records, 1879-1915, 1893-1915 (bulk). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Worthington Chauncey Ford papers, 1858-1938, 1880-1925 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937. [Notes for a bibliography of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1899)], 1898-1928. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Lenox Library. Lenox Library Agency History. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf García Icazbalceta, Joaquín, 1825-1894. Joaquín García Icazbalceta papers, 1883-1894. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Gookin, Daniel, 1612-1687. An historical account of the doings and sufferings of the Christian Indians in N. England in the years 1675, 1676, 1677 Newberry Library
creatorOf Lydenberg, Harry Miller, 1874-1960. Harry Miller Lydenberg papers, 1923-1958. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937. Wilberforce Eames letters to Samuel P. Avery, 1899. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Harry Miller Lydenberg papers, 1923-1958 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941. Worthington Chauncey Ford papers, 1858-1938, bulk (1880-1925). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937. New Orleans printing. Brown University, Brown University Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIj, 1898-1988 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Sherman, Roger. A caveat against injustice, or An enquiry into the evil consequences of a fluctuating medium of exchange : wherein is considered, whether the bills of credit on the neighboring governments, are a legal tender in payments of money, in the colony of Connecticut, for debts due by book, and otherwise, where the contract mentions only old-tenor money / by Philoeunomos : manuscript, 1898. Houghton Library
creatorOf Stauffer, David McNeely, 1845-1913. David McNeely Stauffer papers, 1817-1910. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937. Letter, 1921. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Livingston, Luther Samuel, 1864-1914. Correspondence, ca. 1897-1935 (inclusive), 1900-1914 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Emily Ellsworth Ford Skeel papers, 1871-1958 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Henry Harrisse papers, 1853-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Paul Leicester Ford papers, 1869-1902, 1885-1895 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library
creatorOf Brandebury, Lemuel A., 1843-fl. 1900. Letters, February 15 and 25, 1895. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Bibliographical Society of America Sabin Committee records, 1923-1948, 1929-1936 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn George Henry Moore papers, 1851-1891 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Joaquín García Icazbalceta papers, 1883-1894 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn George Washington papers, 1694-1932 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937. Correspondence to Daniel Garrison Brinton, 1894. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Wilberforce Eames papers, 1850-1937, 1900-1937 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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correspondedWith Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904 person
associatedWith Ballou, Howard person
associatedWith Bartlett, John R. (John Russell), 1843- person
associatedWith Bibliographical Society of America corporateBody
associatedWith Bibliographical Society of America. Sabin Committee corporateBody
associatedWith Bourassa, Joseph N., 1810-1878. person
associatedWith Bradford, William, 1590-1657. person
associatedWith Brandebury, Lemuel A., 1843-fl. 1900. person
associatedWith Brigham, Clarence S person
associatedWith Brown, John Nicholas, 1900- person
associatedWith Cole, George Watson, 1850-1939 person
associatedWith Colonial Society of Massachusetts. corporateBody
associatedWith Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Eliot, John, 1604-1690. person
associatedWith Engelke, A. H person
associatedWith Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902 person
associatedWith Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941. person
associatedWith Gannett, M. J person
associatedWith García Icazbalceta, Joaquín, 1825-1894. person
associatedWith Gookin, Daniel, 1612-1687. person
associatedWith Green, Samuel A. (Samuel Abbott), 1838-1918 person
associatedWith Hanmer, Jonathan, 1606-1687. person
associatedWith Harrisse, Henry, 1829-1910. person
associatedWith Hildeburn, Charles Swift Riché, 1855-1901 person
associatedWith Homes, Henry A. (Henry Augustus), 1812-1887 person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
associatedWith Hurst, J. F. (John Fletcher), 1834-1903 person
associatedWith Jones, Matt Bushnell, 1871-1940. person
associatedWith Kalbefleisch, Charles H person
associatedWith Karpinski, Louis Charles, 1878-1956 person
associatedWith Knowles, Arthur J person
associatedWith Lehmos person
associatedWith Lenox Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Lenox Library. Librarian. corporateBody
associatedWith Livingston, Flora Virginia Milner, 1862- person
associatedWith Livingston, Luther Samuel, 1864-1914. person
associatedWith Lydenberg, Harry Miller, 1874-1960. person
associatedWith MacDonald, Gerald D. person
associatedWith Moore, George Henry, 1823-1892. person
associatedWith Naudé, Gabriel, 1600-1653. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith New York Library Club corporateBody
associatedWith New York Public Library corporateBody
associatedWith Paltsits, Victor Hugo, 1867-1952. person
associatedWith Pierce, John person
correspondedWith Pilling, James Constantine, 1846-1895 person
correspondedWith Poole, William Frederick, 1821-1894 person
associatedWith Pote, William, 1718-1755. person
associatedWith Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955 person
associatedWith Rosenbach Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Sabin, Joseph F person
associatedWith Salter, Nelson, 1805-1886. person
associatedWith Shea, John Gilmary, 1824-1892 person
associatedWith Sherman, Roger. person
associatedWith Skeel, Emily Ford, 1867-1958. person
associatedWith Spofford, Ainsworth Rand, 1825-1908 person
associatedWith Spofford, Ernest person
associatedWith Stauffer, David McNeely, 1845-1913. person
associatedWith Wagner, Henry Raup, 1862-1957 person
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
associatedWith Wilberforce family. family
associatedWith Winship, George Parker, 1871-1952 person
associatedWith Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897 person
associatedWith Wroth, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Counselman), 1884-1970 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Québec (Province)
Adirondack Mountains (N.Y.)
Massachusetts
New York (State)--New York
Alphabet
United States
New York (State)--New York
Subject
Mormon Church--Controversial literature
Bibliography
Indians of North America--Missions
Printing--History
Libraries--Special collections
Manuscripts, American
Bibliographers--Correspondence
Potawatomi language
Early printed books
Librarians--Correspondence
Laguna dialect
Book collectors
Indians of North America
Collection development (Libraries)
Manuscripts, Potawatomi--History
Book collecting
Clergy
Occupation
Book collectors
Bibliographers
Librarians
Function

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Birth 1855-10-12

Death 1937-12-06

Americans

English

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