Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962

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Elmer Adler worked in his family's clothing firm in Rochester, N.Y. while developing an avocation as a book and print collector. In 1922 he came to New York City and established the Pynson Printers; he began to makea reputation as a book designer. Adler served as a typographic consultant to several magazines and to The New York Times. From 1930 to 1940 he published The colophon : a book collector's quarterly. In 1940 he was invited to establish a Department of Graphic Arts at Princeton University. Three years after his retirement from Princeton in 1955, he was asked to establish an art-of-the-book program in Puerto Rico. La Casa del Libro, a museum and design center, opened in 1956, and Adler was associated with it until his death on January 11, 1962.

From the description of Collection of papers relating to the estate of Elmer Adler, 1934-1964 (bulk 1962-1964). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122377188

Elmer Adler worked in his family's clothing firm in Rochester, New York while developing an avocation as a book and print collector. In 1922 he came to New York City and established the Pynson Printers and began to make a reputation as a book designer. He served as typographic consultant to several magazines and to the New York Times. From 1930 to 1940 Adler published Colophon: a book collector's quarterly. In 1940 Princeton University invited him to establish a Department of Graphic Arts. In 1955, three years after his retirement, Adler was asked to establish an art-of-the-book program in Puerto Rico. La Casa del Libro, a museum and design center, opened in 1956, and Adler was associated with it until his death. He died on 11 January 1962.

From the description of Letters : to Jean Adler Cohen, 1898-1958 (bulk 1956-1958). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122343545

Elmer Adler was an editor of The Colophon, 1930-1940 and of The New Colophon, 1948-1950.

From the description of [Letter] 1932 Jan. 14 [to] Charles R. Langmuir, Avon, Conn. / Elmer Adler. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 137240576

Adler was a printer, publisher, editor, and author. He founded The Pynson Printers (New York) in 1922, helped found Random House in 1927, and founded THE COLOPHON in 1930 and the NEW COLOPHON in 1947.

From the description of Elmer Adler papers, 1651-1961 (bulk 1925-1955) (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 61275408

American printer and book collector.

From the description of Letter, 1915. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367559470

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creatorOf Norman, Charles, 1904-1996. The garden and other poems : being the life of Jesus Christ : manuscript, 1933 / by Charles Norman. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Vitelli, James R. (James Robert), 1920-2006. James R. Vitelli Collection on Van Wyck Brooks and Elmer Adler, 1910-1993 (bulk 1951-1985). Princeton University Library
creatorOf Catholic Church. Repertorium missarum et antiphonarum que continentur in libris coralibus ecclesie cathedralis Mantue ad vsum mei Heironymi Piretti, sacerdotis eiusdem ecclesie cathedr. mansionarij. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. Correspondence : with Carl Zigrosser, 1929-1962, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962,. Manuscript diploma : Perugia, Italy, [1666]. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Swetland, Luke, 1729-1823. A narrative of the captivity of Luke Swetland in 1778 and 1779 among the Seneca Indians : To which is added extracts from the journals of officers in Sullivan's army relating to his rescue, and Kendaia or Appletown, the place of his captivity / Written by himself, manuscript, [copied in ]1890. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Bewick, Thomas, 1753-1828. Thomas Bewick collection, 1818-1826. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Overbrook Press. Overbrook Press records, 1929-1978. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Rockwell Kent Papers, ca.1885-1970. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1931-1936. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Hubbard, Elbert, 1856-1915. Manuscripts, 1888-1892. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Ball mss., 1873-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
referencedIn Colt Press. Colt Press records, 1920-1973. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Johnston, Paul, 1899-. Paul Johnston papers, 1918-1979, bulk (1930s-1950s). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. Letters. 1930-1935. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Naumburg, Edward. Selected papers of Edward Naumburg, 1882-1993. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962,. Silk duties : manuscripts, 1671-1694. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Autograph File, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Robinson, Edwin Arlington, 1869-1935. The first seven years : galley proofs and typescript, 1930. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. Letters : to Jean Adler Cohen, 1898-1958 (bulk 1956-1958). Grolier Club
referencedIn Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957. Autograph letter signed : London, to Henry Watson Kent, 1930 Mar. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Overbrook Press Records, 1929-1978, [Bulk: 1935-1961] Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Princeton University. Princeton Print Club. Princeton Print Club records, 1941-1953. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Smith, Charles (Charles William), b. 1893. Papers of Charles William Smith 1910-1979. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Pynson Printers records, 1927-1933 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Vander Poel, Halsted B., 1911-. Papers relating to book collecting, 1937-1986 (bulk 1937-1971) Grolier Club
creatorOf Elmer Adler letter to Alice Lerch, 1928 The New York Public Library. New York Public Library Archives.
referencedIn Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926. Pennell-Whistler collection, 1597-1937. Library of Congress
creatorOf Vitelli, James R., 1920-. Stephen Crane Collection Acquisition Papers, 1925-1960. Lafayette College
referencedIn Paul Johnston papers, 1918-1979, 1930s-1950s New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. Collection of papers relating to the estate of Elmer Adler, 1934-1964 (bulk 1962-1964). Grolier Club
referencedIn Papers of Paul J. Sachs, 1903-2005 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Three plays by Bernard Shaw : manuscript, 1936. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. Rockwell Kent papers, ca.1885-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. [Woodblock specimens [realia] Cut by Thomas Nast, Thomas Bewick and others]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Rosenstock autograph collection, 1800-1950 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Horace Mason Reynolds papers, 1895-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Alan H. Kempner Collection of Literary Letters and Manuscripts, 1809-1981. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn George Henry Sargent papers, 1883-1930 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. Elmer Adler papers, 1651-1961 (bulk 1925-1955) Princeton University Library
referencedIn Grolier Club. Library. Records of the librarians, 1897-1970. Grolier Club
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. Letter, 1915. American Primers
creatorOf Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944. Reminiscences of an amateur book-builder : galley proofs, 1930 / Alfred W. Pollard. Princeton University Library
referencedIn American Federation of Arts. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1929-1953. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Girard, André, 1901-1968. Présentation de la sérigraphie / par André Girard. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Colophon collection, 1929-1950. RIT Library, Wallace Library
referencedIn Rice, Howard C. (Howard Crosby), 1904-1980. Howard C. Rice correspondence with Alexander D. Wainwright collection, 1950-1980. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Carteret Book Club. Records, [ca. 1902-1958]. Grolier Club
creatorOf Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. Rockwell Kent papers, [ca. 1840]-1993 (bulk ca. 1935-1961). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962,. Silk duties : documents, 1671-1694. Princeton University Library
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Getting into print : typescript, 1929. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Pynson Printers (New York, N.Y.). Pynson Printers records, 1927-1933. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. [Letter] 1932 Jan. 14 [to] Charles R. Langmuir, Avon, Conn. / Elmer Adler. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Kempner, Alan H., 1897-1985,. Alan H. Kempner papers, 1809-1981. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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associatedWith American Federation of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Aylesworth, Barton O. (Barton Orville), 1860-1933 person
associatedWith Ball family family
associatedWith Bewick, Thomas, 1753-1828. person
associatedWith Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931. person
associatedWith Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1993. person
correspondedWith Carteret Book Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Casa del Libro (San Juan, P.R.) corporateBody
associatedWith Cassatt, Mary, 1844-1926. person
associatedWith Catholic Church. corporateBody
correspondedWith Cohen, Jean Adler, person
associatedWith Colt Press. corporateBody
correspondedWith Crawford, John M. person
associatedWith Dartmouth College corporateBody
associatedWith Girard, André, 1901-1968. person
associatedWith Grolier Club. corporateBody
correspondedWith Grolier Club. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Hubbard, Elbert, 1856-1915. person
associatedWith Johnston, Paul, 1899- person
associatedWith Kempner, Alan H., 1897-1985, person
associatedWith Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Langmuir, Charles R., person
associatedWith Lerch, Alice H. (Alice Hollister) person
associatedWith Limited Editions Club. corporateBody
correspondedWith Martin, Peter, 1913- person
associatedWith McFee, William, 1881-1966. person
associatedWith McNulty, Kneeland. person
correspondedWith Naumberg, Edward person
associatedWith Naumburg, Edward. person
associatedWith New York Times Company corporateBody
associatedWith Norman, Charles, 1904-1996. person
associatedWith Overbrook Press. corporateBody
correspondedWith Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926. person
associatedWith Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944. person
associatedWith Princeton Print Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Library. Graphic Arts Collection corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Princeton Print Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Pynson Printers. corporateBody
associatedWith Pynson Printers (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Reynolds, Horace Mason, 1896-1965 person
associatedWith Rice, Howard C. (Howard Crosby), 1904-1980. person
associatedWith Robinson, Edwin Arlington, 1869-1935. person
associatedWith Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957. person
associatedWith Rosenstock, Fred A., b. 1895 person
associatedWith Rugg, Harold Goddard, 1883-1957. person
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J., 1878-1965 person
associatedWith Sargent, George H. (George Henry), 1867-1931 person
associatedWith Smith, Charles (Charles William), b. 1893. person
correspondedWith Strouse, Norman H. person
associatedWith Swetland, Luke, 1729-1823. person
correspondedWith Vander Poel, Halsted B., 1911- person
associatedWith Vitelli, James R., 1920- person
associatedWith Vitelli, James R. (James Robert), 1920-2006. person
associatedWith Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
New York (N.Y.)
United States
San Juan (P.R.)
New York (State)--Rochester
Puerto Rico--San Juan
United States
United States
Subject
Authors and publishers--20th century
Publishers and publishing--20th century
Engravers--20th century
Book clubs (Bookselling)--20th century
Printers--20th century
Book collectors--20th century
Historians--Correspondence
Small presses--20th century
Graphic arts--20th century
Book clubs--20th century
Book design--20th century
Books--Conservation and restoration
Editors--20th century
Book collectors--Correspondence
Novelists, American--20th century
Authors, American--20th century
Artists
Artists--20th century
Museums--20th century
Occupation
Printers--20th century.--United States
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Birth 1884

Death 1962

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